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Peeping Penguins (1937)

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Curious penguins investigate an abandoned cabin, heedless of their mother's warning that "curiosity killed the cat."


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Uncredited cast:
Jack Mercer ...
Penguins (voice) (uncredited)


Four boy-penguins are curious about an abandoned cabin. Their mother warns them in song that "curiosity killed the cat." They ignore her, partly because she hypocritically displays her own curiosity over a stovepipe they've knocked to the ground. But inside the cabin, they find themselves in danger from fire, gunfire and signal flares. Written by J. Spurlin

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Release Date:

26 August 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pingviinit  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A polar bear, which is a uniquely Northern animal, chases the penguins which are uniquely Southern. See more »


[first lines]
Mother Penguin: [singing] Curiosity killed the cat. / Curiosity did just that. / The little cats had nine lives it's true, / But only one life was given to you. / So it isn't so wise to snoop, / Or you'll finish up in the soup. / You better just stop right where you're at. / Wopple-up-gup, remember that! / Curiosity killed the cat!
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A So-So Morality Cartoon
28 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"It isn't so wise to snoop, or you'll finish up in the soup" is just of the lines in the lyrics to "Curiosity Killed The Cat" as sung by a mother penguin here to her four little ones, who are snooping around a log cabin, peeking in the windows and such.

That's the moral to this cartoon, another of the Technicolor cartoons of the period by Dave Fleischer, who put a number of these "moralistic" messages in addition to a bunch of loony cartoons. No, these obviously aren't nearly as much fun as Fleischer's wacky stuff but I suppose they did serve a purpose to little kids back in the mid-to-late '30s.

The penguins ignore mom's advice, find a way into the cabin, have fun for awhile but then pay the price. The gags are kind of lame but small kids would probably laugh at them. One good thing: it's fast-paced, with a lot of action. It isn't bad, but this is not something an adult would watch more than once.

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