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Peeping Penguins (1937)

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


Dave Fleischer


Jack Mercer


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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) See more »

Also Known As:

Pingviinit See more »

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Production Co:

Fleischer Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

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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Curiosity Killed a Cat
Music by Sammy Timberg
Lyrics by Bob Rothberg
Sung by the mother penguin and played often throughout the picture
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Curious penguins.
15 July 2008 | by MightyzebraSee all my reviews

This cartoon short is basically about penguins and there are several little penguins investigating a house. A woman penguin nearby tells them that "Curiosity killed the cat" in a song version, going, "Curiousity killed the cat, Curiosity did just that" &c. The little penguins pay no heed and fall into the house from the chimney and they nearly kill themselves. Have they learned to never be too curious again?

This whole cartoon is silly nonsense, yet it had a message, "Curiosity killed the cat". This cartoon was only made for children, to teach them to not be curious. It is very unlikely people over the age of 13 will want to watch it again, unless they like the little song.

The only reason I like this is because of the song and the has a weird ending, which is quite funny though very surprising.

I only recommend this to old cartoon enthusiasts (I mean cartoons that are old, not enthusiasts that are old) and to parents who want to make their children learn that "Curiosity killed the cat". Enjoy "Peeping Penguins"! :-)

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