Grandpa is Ill (or Pingu's Grandpa Is Sick) is the twenty-first episode of the first season.


Pingu is painting a picture while his mother is ironing clothes, but then the telephone rings and Pinga answers the phone whilst on Pingu's shoulders. Mother takes over the phone to discover it is Grandpa (her father) who is suffering from the measles.

They all go to Grandpa’s house and while Mother tries treatments, Pingu and Pinga run around singing and dancing to cheer Grandpa up, but end up giving him a headache. Mother tells them to be quiet, but then they go and fiddle with the sauce pan until the lid falls off. Mother tells them to stop messing about and keep out of the way, so they go over to Grandpa's wardrobe. Pinga plays dress-up and Pingu crashes a sledge into the wardrobe.

Mother makes them go outside, where Pingu finds a board and puts it above a giant wad of snow to make a seesaw. Pingu bounces Pinga up and down on the seesaw making her woop for joy, making Mother run out to tell them to stop the noise. As Mother puts spot cream on Grandpa's head, Pingu and Pinga play kick snowballs at the door. Mother goes out to stop them banging at the door and gets a snowball in the face. This is the last straw for her, so she then tells them to go home.

Pingu and Pinga sledge back to their igloo and then they use red markers to make fake spots on their faces. Then Pingu calls Mother to tell her that they have got Grandpa's measles. Mother zooms straight home to find her children under loads of bed sheets and finds them all spotty. Mother rubs their heads to see how hot they are and she finds out they have tricked her. Mother relieved, she lets Pingu put spots on her face too. She then joins Pinga in jumping on the beds, but when she jumps onto Pingu's bed she smashes it to pieces, which is enough to make a pengiun of any age laugh.



  • This is the first time we see Grandpa from Mother's side of the family.


  • At one point, when Mother walks away from Grandfather to cook, a frame of animation is skipped.
  • Mother should have remembered to go back to Grandpa's after discovering Pingu and Pinga were not really ill.
  • When Pingu phones Grandpa's house, Grandpa's telephone moves right next to his front door.



Grandpa is Ill

Grandpa is Ill

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Pingu Episodes
Season 1
Hello, Pingu · Pingu Looks After the Egg · The New Arrival · Pingu Goes Fishing · Pingu Delivers the Mail · Jealousy · Hide and Seek · Lost Baby · Pingu Plays Fish Tennis · Barrel of Fun · Ice Hockey · Pingu and Pinga Stay Up · Skiing · Pingu Runs Away · Building Igloos · Music Lessons · Pingu's Ice Cave · Sledging · Little Accidents · School Time · Grandpa is Ill · Pingu's Circus · Pingu and the Barrel Organ · Noise · Pingu and Pinga at Home · Pingu's Dream
Season 2
Pingu at the Doctor's · Pingu's Admirer · Pingu and the Seagull · Pingu Goes Ice Surfing · Pingu's First Kiss · Pingu's Curling Game · Pingu the Icicle Musician · Pingu the Chef · Pingu's Family Celebrate Christmas · Pingu Goes Away · Pingu the Photographer · Pingu's New Kite · Pingu and the Many Packages · Pingu the Conjurer's Apprentice · Pingu's Birthday · Pingu at the Funfair · Pingu the Babysitter · Pingu Cannot Lose · Pingu and the Game of Fish · Pingu Gets a Bicycle · Pingu's Visit to the Hospital · Pingu on the School Excursion · Pingu and Pinga at the Kindergarten · Pingu and the Strangers · Pingu Helps His Mother · Pingu Builds a Snowman
Season 3
Pingu Goes Cross Country Skiing · Pingu's Museum Visit · Pingu's Grandpa Comes to Stay · Pingu's Long Journey · Pingu Pretends to be Ill · Pingu the Painter · Pingu's Trick · Pingu and the Mother Bird · Pingu Quarrels With His Mother · Pingu and the Message in a Bottle · Pingu Has an Idea · Pingu Breaks a Vase · Pingu and the Paper Plane · Pingu Takes Revenge · Pingu Makes a Mistake · Pingu and the Toy · Pingu the Superhero · Pingu and the Fishing Competition · Pingu and the Letter · Pingu Feels Left Out · Pingu Wins First Prize · Pingu and the Ghost · Pingu and the Postcard · Pingu's Discovery · Pingu Steals · Pingu and the Lost Ball
Season 4
Pingu's Disadvantage · Pingu Refuses To Help · Pingu the Mountaineer · Pingu and the Big Fish · Pingu Shows What He Can Do · Pingu Clears the Snow · Pingu Has a Day Off · Pingu the Archer · Pingu Gets a Warning · Pingu and the Magnet · Pingu Gets Help · Pingu in Paradise · Pingu's Dangerous Joke · Pingu the Pilot · Pingu Teases Pinga · Pingu's Wish · Pingu is Curious · Pingu Gets Organised · Pingu Builds a Tower · Pingu the King · Pingu the Baker · Pingu and the Doll · Pingu Helps Grandfather · Pingu Has a Bad Day · Pingu Loses the Bet · Pingu and His Cup
Season 5
Pingu's Bouncy Fun · Pingu Finishes the Job · Pingu Digs a Hole · Pingi's Valentine Card · Pingu Wants to Fly · Pingu's Windy Day · Pinga's Lost Rabbit · Pingu's Moon Adventure · Pinga Sleepwalks · Pingu the Snowboarder · Pinga has Hiccups · Like Father Like Pingu · Pingu's Ice Sculpture · Pinga's Balloon · Pingu and the Knitting Machine · Pingu's Balancing Act · Pingu Gets Lost · Pingu and Pinga Go Camping · Stinky Pingu · Pingu and the Band · Pingu and the Snowball · Pingu Sticks Up · Pingu and the Doorbell · Pingu Plays Tag · Pingu's Pancakes · Pingu's Bedtime Shadows
Season 6
Pingu's Sledge Academy · Pingu and the Hose · Pottery Pingu · Pingu and the Litter · Mother's New Hat · Poor Pinga · Pinga in a Box · Pingu and the Present · Pingu and the Toyshop · Pingu and the Paper Mache · Sore Tummy Pingu · Pingu Gets Carried Away · Pingu and the School Pet · Pampering Pingu · Green-Eyed Pingu · Pingu Wraps Up · Pingu and the Fish Flute · Pingu Boogaloo · Pingu and the Daily Igloo · Pingu and the Rubberband Plane · Pingu and the Braces · Pingu's Big Catch · Pingu and the New Scooter · Pingu and the Paint · Pingu Makes a Big Splash · Pingu and the Abominable Snowman
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