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Pingu illustrator dies: Italian artist Tony Wolf dead age 88 after career in children’s storytelling

  • Wolf, real name Antonio Lupatelli, died last Friday in Cremona, Italian media say
  • Illustrated the iconic children’s penguin Pingu who became worldwide success
  • Pingu was created by German TV producer Otmar Gutmann and was turned into a TV show which ran for 20 years and won a BAFTA 

Pingu illustrator Antonio Lupatelli – who worked under the pseudonym Tony Wolf – has died aged 88, according to reports coming out of Italy.  

Lupatelli, who illustrated the children’s iconic penguin created by German TV producer Otmar Gutmann, died in Cremona last Friday, according to La Repubblica.

Pingu became a worldwide phenomenon when it was turned into a stop-motion children’s TV series.

Illustrator Antonio Lupatelli – who worked under the pseudonym Tony Wolf – died last Friday according to reports coming out of Italy

Pingu became a worldwide phenomenon when it was turned into a stop-motion children's TV series

Pingu became a worldwide phenomenon when it was turned into a stop-motion children’s TV series

It ran from the late 1980s to 2006 and even won a BAFTA.

Carlo even invented his own penguin language for the characters to use. According to voiceover artist David Sant, Bonami was a famous clown in Italy, who came up with the language using a technique used in theatre and commedia dell’arte.

Lupatelli  was born in 1930 in Busseto, and long career which saw him illustrate children’s books and comics for various European publishers.

He worked for the likes of Fleetway in the UK and Fratelli Fabbri Editori and Lo Scarabeo in Italy.  

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