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The Evolution of Pino (1976-present)

Image As seen in Year Notes
Pino1

EarlyPino
Sesamstraat Season 1 1976-1977 The original Pino started out as a big, clumsy, dopey bird with a Belgian accent. The puppet was designed and built by Ton Hasebos. Until 1999, it was the only Pino puppet that had Big Bird-like rings around his legs. This version lasted only the first season. The character was performed by Dirk Grijspeirt.
Pino2
Sesamstraat Season 2 1977-1978 This version was created and built by Leo N. Cahn and was not as heavy as the first version. His feathers are a paler blue than the first Pino costume and his eyes become bigger. His head also gets a slight trim. The character was performed by Theo Joling during this season.
Pino1978
Sesamstraat Season 3 1979-1980 Pino's eyes change from blue pupils to black cartoonlike eyes. His voice, performed by Bert Plagman, becomes slightly higher pitched.
Pino 1971-81

Pino79
Sesamstraat Season 4 1980 -1982 Pino gets a new, larger head and his pupils return to being blue, altough they are still cartoonlike. His voice, provided by Erik J. Meijer is somewhat similar to Bert Plagman's previous Pino, but with a heavier tone.
Pino81

Pino1980s
Sesamstraat Season 6 1982-1991 Pino is redesigned for the first time by CTW and the Muppet Workshop. He loses some weight, his childlike appearance, and his white, fluffy belly. The pupils return to being black, cartoonlike eyes and his beak is longer and pointier. Starting in 1984, Leo Dijkgraaf gave the character a lighter and younger tone in his voice.
Pino1991-1999
Sesamstraat Season 15 1991-1999 A slightly updated version of Pino is made by Chuck Fawcett in 1989 for puppeteer Renée Menschaar, who has become his regular performer ever since. Pino's head has a slightly different facial expression, without white feathers around the beak. His feathers are a richer blue and cover less of his legs. His appearance is also slightly more childlike.
Pino4
Sesamstraat Season 23 1999-present In order to look younger and childlike again, Pino has now a shorter beak, yellow feathers around his eyes, and colorful feathers on top of his head. His black eyes revert to blue; these do not last, as they are reverted to black several years later. This is also the first Pino puppet, since 1976, to have Big Bird-like rings around his legs. This is the second Pino puppet to be built by Chuck Fawcett in 1992.
Alternate Pino Puppets and Characters
Lisette Pino
Sesamstraat Live 2006-2007 A different looking, walkaround Pino with a tie. His beak is a bit longer, his eyes are further apart, and the body shape looks shorter than on the show. His voice is also considerably higher and sounds more girlish.

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