Pinky Malinky

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Pinky Malinky
GenreSurreal comedy
Created by
  • Chris Garbutt
  • Rikke Asbjoern
Directed by
  • Annisa Adjani (S2)
  • Megan Nicole Dong
  • Neil Graf
  • Tom Parkinson
  • Kim Roberson (S2)
Voices of
Theme music composer
  • Dave Newby
  • Chris Garbutt
ComposerDave Newby
Country of origin
  • United States
  • Canada
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes60
Production
Executive producers
  • Scott Kreamer
  • Chris Garbutt (S2-3)
  • Rikke Asbjoern (S2-3)
  • Jamie LeClaire
  • Kyle Mac Dougall
  • Phil LaFrance
ProducerLouis J. Cuck
Running time12 minutes
Production companies
Original release
NetworkNetflix
ReleaseJanuary 1 (2019-01-01) –
July 17, 2019 (2019-07-17)

Pinky Malinky is an animated television series created and produced by Netflix. It is based on Chris Garbutt's animated short of the same name produced by Cartoon Network Studios Europe (now Hanna-Barbera Studios Europe), which was released in 2009. It marks the first collaboration between Nickelodeon and Netflix as well as the first Nicktoon to be produced exclusively for Netflix. The series chronicles the adventures of Pinky Malinky (voiced by Lucas Grabeel), a 12-year-old middle school student who also happens to be an anthropomorphic hot dog and his efforts to climb up the social ladder with his two human friends Babs Buttman (Diamond White) and JJ Jameson (Nathan Kress).

The series premiered on January 1, 2019. It was renewed for a second season ahead of the series premiere.[1][2] Season 2 was released on April 22, 2019, and the third and final season was released on July 17, 2019.[3]

Pinky Malinky was nominated for Best Animation Editing for the 2020 Daytime Emmy Awards on May 21, 2020.[4] In 2023 Grabeel reprised his role as Pinky in the Netflix interactive special We Lost Our Human which is also by Garbutt and Asbjoern. In this interactive, Pinky calls himself Panky Malanky and classifies himself as a meatball.

Production[edit]

In 2015, the series was greenlit by Nickelodeon for a pickup of 20 episodes.[5][6] The series was originally set to premiere on Nickelodeon in 2016, but has gone through many delays. On June 21, 2018, it was announced that Pinky Malinky would be released exclusively on Netflix, and that the show was renewed for a second season.[2] The company's See What's Next Twitter account announced an August 17 release date, but the series failed to premiere on that date.[7] On September 16, 2018, Chris Garbutt posted on Instagram that there was a slight delay in the release date, and that it was Netflix's responsibility on when to release it.[8]

Season 1 was eventually released on January 1, 2019.[1] A 99-second short focusing on the titular character's New Year's resolutions was released ahead of the series premiere.[9][8]

Characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Pinky Malinky (voiced by Lucas Grabeel) is a 12-year-old anthropomorphic talking hot dog. He is a very intelligent, happy-go-lucky person that has a mission to make people dream big.
  • JJ Jameson (voiced by Nathan Kress) is one of Pinky's best friends. He is described as the wise mentor of the trio, as claims to know everything. He is a social media geek as well. He carries his phone almost everywhere and uses more modern slang than Pinky and Babs.
  • Babs Buttman (voiced by Diamond White) is Pinky's other best friend. She likes kitties and cats, and sometimes she acts like them. Babs is Pinky's biggest cheerleader and supports him and his ideas. She's silly, funny and has a "heart of gold".

Recurring[edit]

Pinky's family[edit]

  • Eric Malinky (voiced by Danny Jacobs) is Pinky's stay-at-home father and Valarie's husband. He is a simple man with a whole lot of drive. He tends to focus on one task at a time, and won't stop until said task is done right.
  • Valerie Malinky (voiced by Retta) is Pinky's mother and Eric's wife. Unlike Eric, Valerie is loud and outspoken. She is also the owner of Crumbbells, a bakery and gym that is located in downtown Sackenhack.

Babs's family[edit]

  • Bob Buttman (voiced by Vargus Mason) is Babs's older brother and legal guardian. Bob works as a policeman. He has a friendly, ongoing and naive (sometimes even blunt) personality. In the episode "Birthday", it is revealed that Bob loves to party, but when he parties too much, his alter-ego "Party Bob" breaks out.
  • Mr. Dog (voiced by Dee Bradley Baker) is Babs's and Bob's Old English Sheepdog. In the episode "Dog", it is revealed that Mr. Dog is actually a woman and she gave birth to many puppies.

Sackenhack Junior High students[edit]

  • Tina (voiced by Lauren Tom) is one of Pinky’s classmates. Tina is the head cheerleader for SJH’s cheerleading squad, "The SnowBallers". She is also shown for having a secret crush on Pinky.
  • Channing (voiced by Robbie Daymond) is one of Pinky’s classmates and Byron’s best friend. He and Byron were voted "Most Cutest Couple of SJH", and they would often call each other names ("baby", "pumpkin", etc.).
  • Dizzy Brentwood (voiced by Grey DeLisle) is one of Pinky’s classmates. She occasionally likes gossip.
  • Zeek Maloney (voiced by Grey DeLisle) is one of Pinky’s classmates. He owns a fashion website called "Fash Foward", which JJ occasionally looks upon for latest fashions.
  • Grey Griffin as Suzie, Dizzy, Zeek, Byron
  • Vargus Mason as Bob Buttman
  • Colleen Smith as Principal Pfunne
  • Angela Malhotra as Aminder
  • Jason Alexander as Mayor Hop
  • Scott Kramer as Nurse Sally
  • Dee Bradley Baker as Peter
  • Ben Schwartz as Coach Freebird
  • Flula Borg as Byonk
  • Carlos Alazraqui as Large Biker Guy
  • Fred Tatasciore as Jimmy
  • Josh Engel as Mr. Sweetie
  • Zehra Fazal as Aisha
  • Eric Bauza as Flynn
  • Kimberly Brooks as Carl, Sophie
  • Stephanie Sheh as Jessie
  • Carl Weathers as The Apologizer
  • Amy Sedaris as Helga Hilltop
  • Ben Schwartz as Freddy Fistburger

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
PilotMarch 14, 2009 (2009-03-14)
128January 1, 2019 (2019-01-01)
21716April 22, 2019 (2019-04-22)
1June 10, 2019 (2019-06-10)
315July 17, 2019 (2019-07-17)

Pilot (2009 and 2011)[edit]

No.TitleWritten byStoryboarded and Directed byOriginal release date
0"Pinky Malinky"Chris Garbutt and Rikke AsbjoernChris GarbuttMarch 14, 2009 (2009-03-14) and sometime around 2011 (2011)
Pinky tries to make it to class without being assaulted by the school bully.

Season 1 (2019)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byStoryboarded byOriginal release date [10]
11"Snack"Neil GrafJen Bardekoff, Nick Arciaga, and Neil GrafNick ArciagaJanuary 1, 2019 (2019-01-01)
When the citizens of Sackenhack riot after their favorite snack food is discontinued, Pinky, Babs and JJ attempt to reverse engineer the recipe to save the town.
22"Pet"Neil GrafSheela Shrinivas, Rikke Asbjoern, and Maha TabikhMaha TabikhJanuary 1, 2019 (2019-01-01)
While volunteering at the animal shelter with Babs and her dog, Pinky decides to get a pet of his own and ends up adopting a ferocious wildcat.
33"Tech"Megan Nicole DongJen Bardekoff and Dodge GreenleyDodge GreenleyJanuary 1, 2019 (2019-01-01)
Pinky introduces his Mom to the wonders of technology but grows concerned when she starts putting her new tech before her family.
44"Spirit"Megan Nicole DongFred Belford and Dodge GreenleyDodge GreenleyJanuary 1, 2019 (2019-01-01)
It's School Spirit Week at Sackenhack Junior High and Pinky believes that head cheerleader Tina is low on spirit, unaware that her strange behavior is actually because of her crush on him.
55"Hater"Megan Nicole DongSheela Shrinivas and Dodge GreenleyDodge GreenleyJanuary 1, 2019 (2019-01-01)
Pinky's daily Sackenhack posts receive their first hater, who Pinky, Babs and JJ try to convert into a liker.
66"Video"Tom ParkinsonFred Belford and Ethan HeggeEthan HeggeJanuary 1, 2019 (2019-01-01)
After Babs and JJ tell Pinky they think their newest video is "almost perfect", Pinky turns to his classmates for advice on how to turn it into a perfect video.
77"Duck"Megan Nicole DongJen Bardekoff and Dodge GreenleyDodge GreenleyJanuary 1, 2019 (2019-01-01)
King Sackenquack, the town's favorite duck passes away and to spare everyone's feelings Pinky tries to keep up the illusion that he is still alive.
88"Mannequin"Neil GrafSheela Shrinivas and Nick ArciagaNick ArciagaJanuary 1, 2019 (2019-01-01)
JJ dreams of being featured on his favorite fashion blog but his dream outfit doesn't fit so Pinky comes up with a plan to make him more like a store mannequin.
99"Secret"Megan Nicole DongSheela Shrinivas, Rikke Asbjoern, and Aminder DhaliwalAminder DhaliwalJanuary 1, 2019 (2019-01-01)
Pinky becomes obsessed with a Korean drama but forces himself to binge watch it in secret when he finds out that Babs and JJ hate the show.
1010"Scary"Neil GrafFred Belford and Maha TabikhMaha TabikhJanuary 1, 2019 (2019-01-01)
Pinky and Babs try to help JJ overcome his fear of scary movies by scaring the "scared" out of him.
1111"Book"Neil GrafJen Bardekoff, Neil Graf, and Mike BertinoNeil Graf and Mike BertinoJanuary 1, 2019 (2019-01-01)
Pinky accidentally takes a book from the library without checking it out and plans a break in to put it back without anyone noticing.
1212"Team"Tom ParkinsonScott Kreamer, Matt Layzell, and Josh EngelJosh EngelJanuary 1, 2019 (2019-01-01)
Hoping to lead them to their first ever win, Pinky joins the Sackenhack Junior High football team.
1313"Game"Megan Nicole DongByron Dockins and Dodge GreenleyDodge GreenleyJanuary 1, 2019 (2019-01-01)
Pinky and Babs try to make a role playing game more extreme when Pinky worries JJ's new jacket will make him too cool to continue playing with them.
1414"Undercover"Tom ParkinsonFred Belford and Ethan HeggeEthan HeggeJanuary 1, 2019 (2019-01-01)
Pinky creates a case for Bob to solve so that he can prove to his supervisor that he is a good security guard.
1515"Fun"Neil GrafSheela Shrinivas, Neil Graf, and Sarah SohNeil Graf, Sarah Soh, and Mike BertinoJanuary 1, 2019 (2019-01-01)
After learning that his fellow students dread being sent to the principal's office, Pinky tries to make strait-laced Principal Pfunne more fun.
1616"Brother"Neil GrafSheela Shrinivas, Neil Graf, and Sarah SohNeil Graf, Sarah Soh, and Mike BertinoJanuary 1, 2019 (2019-01-01)
When JJ accidentally calls Pinky's mom "Mom" during a sleepover, the two decide to take their friendship to the next level by becoming brothers.
1717"Sensei"Megan Nicole DongChris Garbutt and Josh EngelJosh EngelJanuary 1, 2019 (2019-01-01)
Pinky joins the school's taekwondo club where he vows to be the perfect student, a goal that is soon taken advantage of by Coach Freebird.
1818"Hangout"Neil GrafFred Belford and Nick ArciagaNick ArciagaJanuary 1, 2019 (2019-01-01)
Pinky, Babs and JJ search for a new place to hang out while their regular spot is fumigated for termites.
1919"Sock"Megan Nicole DongFred Belford and Aminder DhaliwalAminder DhaliwalJanuary 1, 2019 (2019-01-01)
After losing one of his socks, Pinky decides to start wearing all of his clothes at once so that he will never lose any piece of clothing again.
2020"Count"Tom ParkinsonJen Bardekoff, Chris Garbutt, and Josh EngelJosh EngelJanuary 1, 2019 (2019-01-01)
Inspired by an app that counts steps, Pinky, Babs and JJ decide to count other things in their lives as well, leading to a fierce competition between the three friends.
2121"Voice"Tom ParkinsonSheela Shrinivas and Nick ArciagaNick ArciagaJanuary 1, 2019 (2019-01-01)
Pinky tries to find the perfect voice with which to deliver an important oral report.
2222"Phone"Neil GrafSheela Shrinivas and Nick ArciagaNick ArciagaJanuary 1, 2019 (2019-01-01)
After autocorrect causes him to send some rude messages to Babs, Pinky decides to become his own phone.
2323"Friend"Megan Nicole DongSheela Shrinivas and Aminder DhaliwalAminder DhaliwalJanuary 1, 2019 (2019-01-01)
Pinky begins feeling jealous when Babs decides to reconnect with her old best friend, Jules.
2424"Gym"Tom ParkinsonJen Bardekoff and Josh EngelJosh EngelJanuary 1, 2019 (2019-01-01)
Pinky falsely believes that his Mom is conditioning him to take over her gym/bakery business.
2525"List"Megan Nicole DongSheela Shrinivas and Aminder DhaliwalAminder DhaliwalJanuary 1, 2019 (2019-01-01)
Pinky and JJ learn that Babs is moving and try to complete a list of things they've always wanted to do with her before she goes.
2626"Double"Neil GrafJen Bardekoff, Rikke Asbjoern, and Nick ArciagaNick ArciagaJanuary 1, 2019 (2019-01-01)
Pinky tries to have an absence removed from his report card by attempting to live two days at the same time.
2727"Sight"Neil GrafFred Belford and Aminder DhaliwalAminder DhaliwalJanuary 1, 2019 (2019-01-01)
A visit to the eye doctor leaves Babs temporarily blind, so Pinky agrees to act as her personal seeing eye hot dog.
2828"Grounded"Neil GrafFred Belford and Dodge GreenleyDodge GreenleyJanuary 1, 2019 (2019-01-01)
After accidentally breaking one of his Mom's trophies, Pinky grounds himself and tries to make it impossible to have fun.

Season 2 (2019)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byStoryboarded byOriginal release date [10]
291"Money"Neil GrafSheela Shrinivas and Dodge GreenleyDodge GreenleyApril 22, 2019 (2019-04-22)
Pinky, Babs and JJ find a hundred dollar bill on the ground and try to make it last them the entire day.
302"Babs"Tom Parkinson and Megan Nicole DongJen Bardekoff and Maha TibikhMaha TibikhApril 22, 2019 (2019-04-22)
Pinky's attempts to get to know Babs better go too far when he watches her secret video diary.
313"Sarcasm"Megan Nicole DongSheela Shrinivas and Dodge GreenleyDodge GreenleyApril 22, 2019 (2019-04-22)
Sincere Pinky learns how to be sarcastic but soon finds himself unable to switch it off.
324"Song"Neil GrafSheela Shrinivas, Matt Layzell and Mike BertinoMike BertinoApril 22, 2019 (2019-04-22)
Pinky, Babs and JJ try to track down the song that was playing on the radio while they shared a special moment of friendship.
335"Brain"Tom ParkinsonSheela Shrinivas and Nick ArciagaNick ArciagaApril 22, 2019 (2019-04-22)
When he forgets the anniversary of the first video he ever made with Babs and JJ, Pinky tries to find a way to erase unwanted memories from his brain to make room for new ones.
346"Trophy"Neil GrafSheela Shrinivas and Nick ArciagaNick ArciagaApril 22, 2019 (2019-04-22)
After seeing Babs upset when she fails a test, Pinky decides to hand out gold stars and medals to his fellow students to raise morale.
357"Search"Megan DongSheela Shrinivas, Aminder Dhaliwal and Maha TabikhAminder Dhaliwal and Maha TabikhApril 22, 2019 (2019-04-22)
Pinky searches his name on the internet and finds a page full of lies about him, so he sets out to actually accomplish everything the website says to turn them into truths.
368"Haircut"Neil GrafSheela Shrinivas, Rikke Asbjørn and Kristen WooKristen WooApril 22, 2019 (2019-04-22)
JJ is feeling self conscious about his new haircut, so Pinky and Babs plan to get even worse haircuts to distract from his.
379"Crutch"Neil GrafFred Belford and Josh EngelJosh EngelApril 22, 2019 (2019-04-22)
Pinky uses a crutch to fake being injured in order to inspire his classmates.
3810"Smile"Megan DongJen Bardekoff and Dodge GreenleyDodge GreenleyApril 22, 2019 (2019-04-22)
Pinky gets a job bagging groceries at the local supermarket where he makes it his mission to get Nurse Sally to smile.
3911"Cranky"Tom ParkinsonByron Dockins and Josh EngelJosh EngelApril 22, 2019 (2019-04-22)
Pinky wakes up on the wrong side of the bed and tries to get through the day by forcing himself to smile.
4012"Weeds"Tom ParkinsonFred Belford and Josh EngelJosh EngelApril 22, 2019 (2019-04-22)
Pinky's Dad asks him to help him in his garden but the two fundamentally disagree on how to handle the weeds when Pinky learns that plants are living things.
4113"Advanced"Annisa Adjani and Kim RobersonChris Garbutt, Fred Belford, Josh Engel and Kristen WooJosh Engel and Kristen WooApril 22, 2019 (2019-04-22)
JJ enlists Pinky and Babs' help in making sure he doesn't embarrass himself when he gets accepted into the school's advanced class.
4214"Bestie"Tom ParkinsonJen Bardekoff and Ethan HeggeEthan HeggeApril 22, 2019 (2019-04-22)
After learning that his Dad doesn't have a best friend, Pinky organizes a house party to match him up with four potential candidates.
4315"King"Annisa AdjaniSheela Shrinivas and Nick ArciagaNick ArciagaApril 22, 2019 (2019-04-22)
Inspired by his new favorite show, Pinky organizes a series of challenges to decide who will be crowned king of the Fall dance.
4416"Pinky"Tom Parkinson and Megan Nicole DongScott Kreamer, Chris Garbutt, Rikke Asbjoern, Josh Engel and Aminder DhaliwalJosh Engel and Aminder DhaliwalJune 10, 2019 (2019-06-10)
4517
Wanting to inspire his town to dream big again, Pinky promises to make it snow in order to become the school mascot. Note: This is a double-length half-hour episode.

Season 3 (2019)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byStoryboarded byOriginal release date [10]
461"Change"Tom ParkinsonSheela Shrinivas and Maha TabikhMaha TabikhJuly 17, 2019 (2019-07-17)
Pinky’s unhappy when his favorite stop sign gets a high-tech replacement, so he sets out to save all of the things that he loves in Sackenhack.
472"Outdoors"Tom ParkinsonByron Dockins and Maha TabikhMaha TabikhJuly 17, 2019 (2019-07-17)
Pinky's parents try to help him and Babs earn their outdoors badges.
483"Spotlight"Megan Nicole DongFred Belford and Dodge GreenleyDodge GreenleyJuly 17, 2019 (2019-07-17)
After Pinky gets tired of all the cameras following him, he lets Babs and JJ have their own shows.
494"Dog"Tom ParkinsonKris Benton and Maha TabikhMaha TabikhJuly 17, 2019 (2019-07-17)
When Bab's dog starts acting strange, she and Pinky try to take him to the vet.
505"Birthday"Neil GrafChris Garbutt and Jessie WongJessie WongJuly 17, 2019 (2019-07-17)
When Bob has to guard the mall all night during his birthday, Pinky, Babs, and JJ try to bring the party to him.
516"Individual"Tom ParkinsonFred Belford and Ethan HeggeEthan HeggeJuly 17, 2019 (2019-07-17)
The school troublemaker confesses that he's bad at being bad, so Pinky tries to help him find out who he really is.
527"Dinner"Neil GrafRikke Asbjoern, Sheela Shrinivas and Dodge GreenleyDodge GreenleyJuly 17, 2019 (2019-07-17)
Fed up with his parents being busy, Pinky sets up a romantic dinner for his Mom and Dad.
538"Clique"Megan Nicole DongJen Bardekoff and Aminder DhaliwalAminder DhaliwalJuly 17, 2019 (2019-07-17)
After Byron calls Pinky, Babs and JJ a “ goofy little Clique “, Pinky tries to show Byron that they’re not a Clique, which gets to out of hand.
549"Fundraiser"Tom ParkinsonFred Belford and Nick ArciagaNick ArciagaJuly 17, 2019 (2019-07-17)
Yet again, it's the eve of the fun run and Babs does not have a sponsor, so Pinky tries to help her get as many as she can.
5510"Man"Tom ParkinsonFred Belford and Ethan HeggeEthan HeggeJuly 17, 2019 (2019-07-17)
5611"Wrestling"Annisa AdjaniR. Chett Hoffman and Josh EngelJosh EngelJuly 17, 2019 (2019-07-17)
When their principal tries to turn their gym class into a boot camp, Pinky suggests that they try to learn tag team wrestling.
5712"Eraser"Tom ParkinsonFred Belford and Ethan HeggeEthan HeggeJuly 17, 2019 (2019-07-17)
5813"Dreams"Megan Nicole DongR. Chett Hoffman and Dodge GreenleyDodge GreenleyJuly 17, 2019 (2019-07-17)
When Pinky, Babs & JJ discover upon Pinky’s Parents’s Old Band, The Gang tries to get the band reunited, but things aren’t going well when Pinky decides to Change the Band up a bit.
5914"Spark"Megan Nicole Dong and Neil GrafByron Dockins, Annisa Adjani, Dodge Greenley and Natasha HeltonAnnisa Adjani, Dodge Greenley and Natasha HeltonJuly 17, 2019 (2019-07-17)
6015"Wiener"Neil GrafChris Garbutt and Jessie WongJessie WongJuly 17, 2019 (2019-07-17)

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