“3-2-1 Penguins!” Character and Concept Art




On Saturday morning NBC aired another brand-new episode of 3-2-1 Penguins! for which I had done some concept work. This epsiode was directed by Rob Corley over at FunnyPages Productions (check out their blog).

The character art needed for this episode was pretty light and straight-forward. The only new characters were a race of tiny ear-people who spoke in Munchkin-like jibberish. My instructions were to take a human ear and add cartoon arms and legs. Like I said, pretty straight-forward.

The only other concept art they needed from me were some party hats for the Penguins to wear in a birthday scene, and a sketch of the twins and Grandmum after being splattered by an exploding cake. One of the running gags of the show is that you never see Grandmum’s face. It is either out-of-frame, or strategically covered by a well-placed prop. So I left her headless in the sketch, knowing it wouldn’t matter. (Although they did send me a turn-around model of Grandmum for reference, and yes she does actually have a face. I’ve seen it!)

3-2-1 Penguins! is a science-fiction comedy from the creators of VeggieTales. It airs Saturday mornings on NBC.


4 thoughts on ““3-2-1 Penguins!” Character and Concept Art

    • Actually, they didn’t show her face in the original DVD releases either. The only exception is “Moon Menace on Planet Tell-a-Lie!”. Given the issues with Big Idea at the time, my guess is they thought it might be the final chapter for the series.

  1. Just a friendly correction, Rob spells his last name “Corley,” not “Corely.”
    I’m new to Cedric-mania, by the by. Really like your stuff! Tom Richmond pointed me your way. I’d love to talk to you sometime about being profiled in Stay Tooned! Magazine.

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