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Peculiar Penguins

A Silly Symphony

Release Date : September 1, 1934

Running Time : 9:21


Residents of the South Pole, including an amorous pair of penguins, dance and frolic in a Technicolor fantasyland. The "heavy", a large, hungry shark, is finally outwitted by our romantic hero.


Peter Penguin
Polly Penguin
Blowfish (unnamed)
Shark (unnamed)


Wilfred Jackson
Ben Sharpsteen
Nick George
Archie Robin
Louie Schmitt
Art Babbitt
Frenchy de Tremaudan
Hamilton Luske
Dick Heumer
Gerry "Clyde" Geronomi
Hugh Hennesy
Bill Cottrell
Leigh Harline
Character Design
Albert Hurter


United States
Starring Silly Symphonies
Cartoon Classics : First Series : Volume 14 : Animal Tales
Micky Liebt Minnie
Micky Liebt Minnie
Mickey et Minnie les Amours de Printemps
Silly Symphonies Volume 2
Topolino e Minnie Innamorati
Topolino and Co. : Avventure Tutte da Ridere
Silly Symphonies Volume 1


United States
Silly Symphonies / Animals Two by Two
Cartoon Classics : Animal Tales
Mickey Loves Minnie


United States
Classic Cartoon Favorites : Volume 8 : Holiday Celebration with Mickey and Pals
Disney Treasures : Silly Symphonies
Schmetterlinge in Bauch
Disney Treasures : Silly Symphonies
Disney Treasures : Silly Symphonies
Disney Treasures : Silly Symphonies
Classic Cartoon Favorites : Volume 8 : Holiday Celebration with Mickey and Pals
Disney Treasures : Silly Symphonies
United Kingdom
Disney Treasures : Silly Symphonies


The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 18: A Bunch of Silly Symphonies
The Mickey Mouse Club : October 20, 1955
The Mickey Mouse Club : December 11, 1956

Technical Specification

Color Type: Technicolor
Animation Type: Standard animation
Sound Mix: Mono
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Negative Format: 35mm
Print Format: 35mm
Cinematographic Process: Spherical
Original Language: English

Released by United Artists Pictures


From Jerry Edwards : Peter and Polly Penguin are sweethearts. To show his love, Peter captures a fish for her, but Polly is angered when the fish turns out to be a blowfish which causes Polly to look fat when the fish enlarges inside her. Peter is forgiven later when he saves Polly from a shark. OK, but nothing that interesting for me - I just didn't care about the penguins. Nothing else distinctive about the short for me.
From Petter Solberg : This could really have been something. They got the penguins, they got the good animation, but the team behind this Silly Symphony blew it. It's not interesting at all. It's a love story about two young penguins. It would be nice if the had made more focus on the penguins and how they lived. This is just a cliché in new clothes. Not among my Silly Symphony favorites.
From Emily : This was definitely the best short I have ever seen, of course it is also the only one. My favorite part is when the one penguin looks at the other penguin and they start batting their eyes all funny and I just laughed so long and so hard. Everyone should own this short.
From Dino Cencia : I love the part when the big gigantic rock went into the shark's mouth and his belly is a big belly. And the fish blows bubbles at him for the shark being mean to the fish.
From Baruch Weiss : I just finished viewing this short and it sure is a good one. I enjoyed some scenes such as when Peter takes an icicle and puts a clump of snow in it making it look like an ice cream cone or in this case a snow cone and the scene where the fish are playing leap "Frog". I also laughed at the part where Polly smacks and "Yells" at Peter after he's given her a blowfish! Who was that singing at the beginning and end of this cartoon?
From Billy Joe : Peculiar Penguins is a fun, musical short. This cartoon includes many fun gags relating to penguins and the Antarctic.

Here are some of my favorites:

1. Peter gives Polly an ice cream cone. The cone was an icicle, and the ice cream was snow.

2. Polly eats a blowfish, and she continuously puffs up.

3. Peter is swimming with a school of fish that ends up in the shark's mouth, which is held open by a stick. Then, the school of fish escapes with Peter riding on the tail of the last of the fish in the back of the line.

I give this short a 9 out of 10. Recommended, especially to people who like penguins.

From Kyle Siczewicz : The one part I love was when the rock fell into the sharks mouth, and was so heavy he couldn't move! Too bad we never found out what happened to him though.
From Bryan Hensley : Even though this short isn't very Christmassy, it's still featured in volume 8 of Disney's Classic Cartoon Favorites collection back in 2005. (The colorized version of Mickey's Good Deed from 1991 and Toy Tinkers from 1949 are the only real Christmas-related shorts in that disc!) All seven shorts in it are still fun to watch! But let's get back to this one. My Daddy once told me shark are cold-blooded and they can't live down in Antarctica! The shark in this short must have been warm-blooded. In a later short from 1939, Sea Scouts, the shark in that one looked similar to the one in this short... except he was growling like a bear. Any marriage should be like Polly and Peter's; their love was eternal and complete and promised to NEVER cheat. (as the ending song went.) This Silly Symphony is a masterpiece compared to 2005's March of The Penguins! I hope you enjoy this penguin love story, because my family and I sure do!
From Ian Evans : The tune to Peculiar Penguins is pretty colorful. Since a lot of Disney shorts were often uncredited, I do not think we know who the duet was who sang the tune. But, it was indeed stylish, colorful, and fit the tune nicely.

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