La Pimpa (the animated series)
Altan / Franco Cosimo Panini / Quipos
|Original title: The Pimpa|
Characters: La Pimpa, Armando, La gatta Rosita, Bunny, Colombino, Tito
Osvaldo Cavandoli, Enzo D'Al .
Year: 1983 / 1997
Gender: Comedy / Fantastic
Episodes: 26 + 26
Duration: 5 minutes
Recommended age: Children from 0 to 5 years old
Two series and seventy episodes in all. These are the numbers of "La Pimpa" the nice little dog protagonist of the Italian comic drawn by Altan (in the century Francesco Tullio Altan) who in the seventies has conquered young and old from the pages of Corriere dei Piccoli. Character created for the designer's daughter, Pimpa in more recent years has also become the protagonist of a series of cartoons, currently broadcast once again by Rai Yoyo, very faithful to the original cartoon version.
La Pimpa is a cartoon purely designed and dedicated to children. As its creator Altan explained in a recent interview, the character is born as a game and without moral intent. The serene world represented, the rounded and reassuring characters who almost always have serene expressions, Pimpa's ability to grasp the good in every situation, are all elements that tend to soothe the little viewer and at the same time offer him a little life experience. daily, which the character will have to face in the course of the episodes. Every Pimpa adventure has a happy ending, all the characters she meets along her path - even the few who seem bad at first - are actually always ready to help her achieve her goals.
La Pimpa and Armando
Altan / Franco Panini publisher / Quipos
The first meeting between the Pimpa, a white talking dog with red polka dots with a long red tongue always dangling and Armando, who will become his inseparable master, takes place in a forest where the man with the yellow face has gone to look for strawberries and where he finds, instead, the red polka dots of the Pimpa. It is love at first sight and Armando decides to take the dog to his house, where he prepares a room for her with a huge bed covered with a colorful quilt, which will be for her a bit like a blanket. Linus. It is the beginning of Pimpa's new life made up of different adventures every day, which take her around the world even if, every evening, Pimpa always comes home to her Armando to tell him the fantastic stories she lived during his absence. And when Armando seems skeptical about the stories he has heard, Pimpa is immediately ready to give him souvenirs taken just for him or to show tangible proofs of his stories, so the master surrenders to the evidence and goes to sleep peacefully, knowing that his dog had a nice day.
La Pimpa also has other friends besides her beloved Armando, all of whom she has known since she went to live in the little house outside the city with her master. There is Bunny, a small rabbit with blue polka dots; the kitten
Rosita, also blue and Colombino, a very nice and chatty yellow chick. And closer to its reality there is Tito, a blue puppy dog that in several episodes is hosted at Armando's house, even if his origin is never told.
During the episodes, however, many characters have alternated in the series to act as a shoulder to the adventures of Pimpa, all taken and humanized by the animal world. Among these,
Bella the ladybug, the piglet Ciccio, Luisa the swallow,
Lucia the firefly, Adele the zebra, the seal Lulù, Nino
the penguin, the hippopotamus Bumblebee. And there are also Pepita, the disonauro puppy who has polka dots of the same color as Pimpa or the Twin Pimpa who is none other than the image of the dog reflected in the mirror who, however, has the right to speak, give advice and make fun of the original Pimpa . And sometimes even to scold her.
La Pimpa and Rosita the cat
Altan / Franco Cosimo Panini / Quipos
The peculiarity of the series is that each episode - both the historical series and the new one, each with a duration of no more than ten minutes - is dedicated to an adventure entirely focused on the Pimpa (the other characters are, for the most part, extras which act as a counterbalance). During the two series, the Pimpa will find herself exploring Africa and India, experiencing adventures on a boat in Australia or exploring the universe and the stars astride the Egidio rocket. And these are just a few of the fantastic - and obviously unrealistic - adventures the dog has.
All the objects around her are animated, with everyone exchanging passionate conversations about the stories just lived. And when he returns home in the evening, all the episodes always end with Pimpa going to bed, drinking his huge glass of milk and, before turning off the light and falling asleep to be ready for a new adventure, wink to viewers wishing them good night, without ever forgetting a greeting for his Armando.
The interweaving of the stories told is almost always very simple, being a product dedicated to an audience of very young people who want to dream together with the polka dot dog. But let's see some episodes together to better understand the unfolding of the stories.
In the episode "The Pimpa at sea with the polar bear", it is really very hot and Pimpa follows Armando's suggestion. So while he goes to work by bicycle, the dog takes the car and goes to the beach. But there are many things to carry around to spend the day at sea. and so Pimpa gets help from the polar bear who, as if by magic, "escapes" from the picture hanging in the living room to run to her aid. They inflate the dinghy, fix the umbrella and run into the water where they make friends with Marina, a nice starfish which is red because it has not used protective cream and which lives in the sea during the day, but returns to the sky at night. The polar bear has also taken too much sun and so changes color and becomes brown. Back home tired, they wait that night falls to greet Marina, who has now risen to the sky and then the bear returns to her painting, but only after Pimpa has secured the frame to the wall with a larger nail. At that point Armando returns from work. always, will not believe the stories ago ntastic the dog, but he will notice that in the painting the bear has changed color of the coat.
In "La Pimpa at the funfair"Pimpa receives a coin as a prize from Armando, because she was good and brushed her teeth. But the piggy bank is now too full of pennies and therefore Pimpa and the piggy bank - which, like all objects in the dog's house, is also animated - they decide to go to the amusement park, to spend a fun day, so they go first on a roller coaster and then they spend lots of other money taken from the piggy bank, for all the other games in the park and lots of ice cream.
At the end of the day, Pimpa will have a belly full of ice cream while the piggy bank will have run out of all the money he kept in his tummy. But it will have been a fantastic adventure all the same and Pimpa will be able to go to sleep happy.
Protagonists of "La Pimpa and the snowman"I'm still the dog and her new friend, the snowman. Finally the first bows have arrived and Pimpa, bundled up in lots of dresses with a scarf and hat, is ready to go out to play. Outside it's all white and her friend Bob is ready to "slide" her up and down the snowy peaks, but as it is a two-person bob, it is necessary to find a partner. So Pimpa decides to make a snowman: Peppino, will be her bobsled companion For Armando it will be a big surprise to go home in the evening and find Pimpa sleeping on the kitchen table and Peppino resting in the fridge so as not to melt.
In "The new house"Pimpa is tired of being scolded by Armando for causing too much trouble at home, so she decides to design her own house which, with the help of her friend Sole, she builds in the garden. But because she forgets to build the bathroom and the kitchen, he will still have to go to Armando's before going to sleep in his new home, and it's so nice to have his master say goodnight!
In "La Pimpa and the whistling blackbird"Our heroine is struggling with a lot of snow and with a whistling blackbird, which will become her friend. Together with the little blackbird and her grandfather she will prepare the swallows' hotel for their arrival. And with them her friend Luisa also returns, who brought Pimpa a wreath of flowers as a gift. At home Pimpa will make Armando feel that he has learned the Merle language well and will have as a reward his glass of milk with biscuits of which he is so fond.
In "La Pimpa and the first fruits of the garden"It is now spring and while Armando goes shopping at the market, Pimpa and Tito try to find out what the first fruits from the garden are. And so they go to the garden, where they watch sports competitions among the various first fruits to see who arrives first (and Tito and Pimpa wonder if it is not from the winner of the sports competitions that the name primizia derives). To cool off from the heat, Pimpa invites all the vegetables to his house and it is in the fridge that Armando will find them, while listening with amusement to Pimpa's stories about the day spent in the garden.
Instead he goes to India in the episode "The Pimpa in India with the Flying Carpet"In this episode, her travel companions are the living room carpet, which for the occasion becomes a flying carpet, and a small snake escaped from television. The snake convinces Pimpa to take the carpet and fly to India to find out what it is like. Here he met a sad mammoth because he hasn't seen his grandchildren elephants for a long time, but Pimpa is ready to help him. Fortunately, when in the evening, tired from all the adventures, Pimpa wants to go home, the Flying Carpet takes care of it. bring her back in the arms of Armando who, to make her happy, tells her the stories of his great grandfather.
The character, who made his official appearance in the comics in 1975, has been so successful that he has become the protagonist of a series of initiatives. Apart from the cartoon created in the early Eighties which was broadcast not only in Italy but also in Europe, Pimpa was also the protagonist of a theatrical show as well as some adventures dedicated to special events such as Christmas, which ended up on DVD. A magazine published by Franco Panini Ragazzi is also dedicated to her, which has been published every month since 1987 and is especially appreciated by children. In recent years it also has its own website (http://www.pimpa.it), dedicated purely to children, with many games and utilities designed specifically for a very young audience.
And to keep up with technology, an ebook will soon be published with the new adventures of Pimpa.
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