Pinky and Perky
are singing puppet piglet twins
. Dressed alike, either in sailor
suits, or blue dungarees
with yellow tops, Perky always has the hat
. Their voices were created by speeding up speech, creating a squeaky, trill tone.
They were conceived in 1956 by pupetteers Jan and Vlasta Dalibor, a Czechoslovakian
couple living in Britain
. The Dalibors wanted to create simple characters that would be loved by children: hence their singing and dancing.
Between 1957 and 1973, Pinky and Perky enjoyed their own TV
show, featuring both hand
- and string
-puppets. The show was a mixture of chat
, and attracted some very well-known celebrities, such as The Beatles
, and Harry Secombe
They also featured in many live shows, including the London Palladium
, and Las Vegas
In addition to their appearances on TV and on the stage, they also released 16 albums
The squeaky singing animal
phenomenon can be seen in other countries' popular culture:
America - Alvin and the chipmunks
Finland - Pikkuoravat
(The Tiny Squirrels)
Noded while listening to Pikkuoravat for inspiration!