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Pinky Dinky Doo is an American-Canadian animated television series that aired on Nick Jr. from April 5, 2005, until April 8, 2011. That was created by Jim Jinkins, who is perhaps best known as the creator of Doug.

Broadcast

It premiered on Noggin (which was rebranded as Nick Jr. on September 28, 2009) on April 5, 2005, but has no longer been airing on the channel as of April 8, 2011 when the show was pulled from the air.

Currently, it still airs in Canada in 2016 in French on TFO.

Plot

Pinky is a seven-year-old girl who lives in Great Big City with her parents, her four-year-old little brother, Tyler, and their pet, Mr. Guinea Pig. When a problem arises, Pinky says,"That gives me an idea" and Tyler says, "Pinky, are you going to make up a story?" and Pinky will say, "Yeserooni positooni!" and dances her way to a cardboard box called her Story Box with Tyler and Mr. Guinea Pig and uses a piece of chalk and her imagination to tell a story. During the made-up story, Pinky must Think Big, at which point her head swells and she comes up with an often wacky solution to the problem while singing "If I have a problem and don't know which way to go, I think and think and think and think and suddenly I know!". In "Tyler Dinky Doo to the Rescue," "Two Wheel Dreams", Tyler's Big Idea" and "Go to Bed, Tyler!", Tyler does the thinking. In "Shrinky Pinky", it was Mr. Guinea Pig. In the second season, Pinky uses the Story Pad, a notebook in which Pinky draws pictures for her newer made-up stories, whenever the Story Box is not available.

This show helps viewers increase their vocabularies with its Great Big Fancy Word, which is featured several times during the episode. It also addresses problem-solving skills as well as the basics of narrative stories—character, dialogue, plot, details, main idea and sequence of events. After Pinky tells her story and solves the problem of the day, kids are invited to play an interactive game on the Cheese Sandwich toy, where they review details about the story. At the end of each episode, Pinky says, "I love to make up stories. I'll bet you can make up a story too." In each episode, there is also a "Great Big Fancy Word", which varies with each episode, but when somebody is about to say the word, Mr. Guinea Pig will blow a trumpet and then the character says the word.

This series was created by Jim Jinkins, who originally made up Pinky's adventures as bedtime tales for his children. The Executive Producers are Jinkins and David Campbell. It is a production of Sesame Workshop, Cartoon Pizza, Keyframe Digital Prod. Inc, and Abrams Gentile Entertainment. According to Nick Jr., Pinky Dinky Doo is the network’s second series (first original series) dedicated to enhancing early literacy.

The original American version was initially shown on CBeebies in the UK, but more recently the show has been redubbed and broadcast with British English accents. There is also a Spanish version on Univision.

Characters

It has three main characters: Pinky (India Ennenga), Tyler (Season one: Felix Chrome, Season two: Allison Wachtfogel), and Mr. Guinea Pig (Season one: Juan Van Michaelangelo, Season two: John Rogers). It also has the characters of Pinky's mother (Heather Dilly), and father (Jim Jinkins) and a quintet of school characters: Nicholas Biscuit (Season one: Katherine Rose Riley, Season two: Thomas Sharkey (2008–2011), Bobby Boom, Daphne Toilette (Anabelle Berrido), Miss McGanza (Anne Stinkley) and Pinky.

Reception

On IMDb, Pinky Dinky Doo is rated 6.7/10 from 100 user votes. On TV.com, it is rated 4.9/10 out of 8 votes.

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