Thursday, October 20, 2011

Pinky and Perky

Pinky and Perky is an animated children's television series first broadcast by the BBC in 1957, revived in 2008 as a CGI animation.
The title characters are a pair of anthropomorphic puppet pigs created by Czechoslovakian immigrants Jan and Vlasta Dalibor. The puppets, who had only very limited movements, looked very alike. Pinky wore red clothes and Perky blue, but this distinction was little use on black and white TV, so Perky often wore a beret.
Pinky and Perky spoke and sang in high-pitched voices created by re-playing original voice recordings at twice the original recorded speed, while the backing track was played at half normal speed. 
Surprisingly, the puppets also appeared on TV in the USA on a number of Ed Sullivan shows — on 23 February 1964 they shared the bill with The Beatles and Morecambe and Wise. 
Jan and Vlasta Dalibor


  1. Dear Author,

    (please assume I’ve tiptoed in, won’t stay long in your beret world solely of its hedgear aspect, which, after all, is crucial to it no matter what I think of putting things on heads for whatever purpose, and know how to behave on somebody else’s blog better than it shows)
    I don’t know if this visitor from Poland, Małopolskie, spotted by your trafic monitoring device is myself.
    But yes or not, it doesn’t really matter.
    Even if it is anything by Małopolskie.
    I’m writing to tell you what you may already know or have written about some time, but in Polish we say ‘a beret’s throw from somewhere’ meaning ‘not very far away’.

    Kindest regards,

    bexa lemon

  2. Interesting detail. Thanks very much.