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Swiss character Pingu has come waddling back on screen for the first time in 13 years in the full-CG “Pingu in the City” series that premiered on Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK)’s Educational TV on Oct. 7.

Produced by Japan’s leading CG studio Polygon Pictures Inc., the two 26-episode series will air for a total of 52 episodes, each lasting for seven minutes.

In a departure from its predecessors, the new series is animated in full CG although it re-creates the original clay animation look.

The story’s setting has been shifted from a small icy village to a big city, where Pingu tries many jobs such as a chef, soccer player and florist.

The new series is directed by illustrator and character designer Naomi Iwata, best known for the “Pecola” series. Polygon has produced many popular anime titles including “Blame!”

Originally created by Swiss animator Otmar Gutmann, “Pingu” centers around the little boy penguin and his family and friends living in Antarctica. Gutmann’s pilot film caused a stir when it was screened at the Berlin Film Festival in 1987. The stop-motion comedy series has been broadcast in at least 155 countries and regions around the world including Japan and Britain.

So far, 156 five-minute episodes and a 25-minute special have been produced.

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