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Pingu’s THE THING

UPDATE: Well it looks as if the people behind Pingu did not approve of their characters being using in a stop-motion remake of John Carpenter’s The Thing.  So instead of staying in trouble, he remade it using cats.

I’ve never heard of Pingu but that’s because it’s a British-Swiss stop-motion show and since I’m American that means I won’t hear about it for another four years until we remake the fuck out of it.  This is what it said on Pingu’s Wikipedia page:

Pingu is a British-Swiss stop-motion claymated television series created by Otmar Gutmann. The series was produced by The Pygos Group and Trickfilmstudio for Swiss television. The show is about a family of anthropomorphic penguins at the South Pole. The main character is the family’s son and title character, Pingu.

The show ran originally for 4 seasons from 1986 to 1998 on SF DRS. In 1998, there were two Pingu episodes made (one of them being “Pingu & the Doll”) that never aired due to schedule problems. In 1999, they showed the two episodes with a Pingu marathon between commercials. However, HiT Entertainment’s request for more episodes convinced Pygos to bring back the show in 2004, with two more series.

Lee Hardcastle makes claymations that are NOT for children.  I know this because it says so on his site www.leehardcastle.com.  He’s also a huge fan of classic horror movies, in fact, one of his favorites is John Carpenter’s The Thing.

So what would happen if Pingu met an alien from another planet?  Red clay – and lots of it.

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