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Avenger Penguins is a British-American animated series produced by Cosgrove Hall Films, Granada Television, Thames Television, and Anglia Television in 1993, and animated by both Alfonso Productions, a Spanish-based animation studio also responsible for bringing Cosgrove Hall's show Fantomcat to life, and in-house by Cosgrove Hall themselves. It aired largely on Children's ITV and was original to be called Hell's Penguins, although was renamed in concern to how the religious audience in the US would respond. It has the distinction of being the last Cosgrove Hall cartoon to be animated using hand-painted animation cels, as all 2D animated series from the studio thereafter would use computers for the ink and paint process; with the animation, drawings scanned and then digitally colored.

The entire series was released on a three-disc DVD box set in March 2006.

Influences[]

As with most Cosgrove Hall cartoons, the series poked fun at the popular concepts of having creatures performing inhuman action feats and stunts in an animated medium, made popular by the then enormously successful Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. The core of the show's theme is coincidently similar to Biker Mice from Mars.

Details[]

The story revolves around three bike-riding Penguins that inhabit Big City, uniting to protect it and its citizens from the evil Caractacus P. Doom, an insane and reclusive criminal scientist. The Penguins attempt to prevent Doom's schemes but find themselves often hampered by their own miscommunicating and occasional scraps with other biker gangs infesting Big City, such as The Stink Brothers, a canine squad of Hell's Angels.

The cast, like Danger Mouse, Count Duckula and Victor and Hugo: Bunglers in Crime had with David Jason, boasted a star talent in a major role, this time in the form of Mike McShane as the Penguin's un-coordinated but brash leader Marlon, as well as the villainous Doom. To show how the series was mocking the often rushed animation style of the original TMNT series, two supporting characters are known as "The Badly Drawn Brothers" were always left with the design construction lines still showing out of deliberate neglect.

Pop culture references were found in abundance in many of the episodes and in the characters. Doom himself is patterned on an elderly Orson Welles, Harry Slime (who talks like Peter Lorre) in the meantime is based somewhat on Harry Lime, a character from the movie The Third Man. The Season 2 episode, "The 23rd Century" also served as a parody of Star Trek, and of science fiction in general.

Voice cast[]

Episodes[]

The transmission dates come from The Guardian and Kaleidoscope.

Series one (1993)[]

  1. The President is a Fish (Original Broadcast: 22nd September 1993)
  2. The Hog Jamboree (Original Broadcast: 29th September 1993)
  3. Quantum Mechanic (Original Broadcast: 6th October 1993)
  4. Big City Little City (Original Broadcast: 20th October 1993)
  5. Computer Chaos (Original Broadcast: 27th October 1993)
  6. I Married an Android (Original Broadcast: 3rd November 1993)
  7. Cat Pig Cat of Iron (Original Broadcast: 10th November 1993)
  8. Nightmare at Tea Time (Original Broadcast: 17th November 1993)
  9. Starstruck (Original Broadcast: 24th November 1993)
  10. The Labyrinth of Doom (Original Broadcast: 1st December 1993)
  11. The Wild Wild West (Original Broadcast: 8th December 1993)
  12. A Winter's Tale (Original Broadcast: 15th December 1993)

Series two (1994)[]

  1. The Revenge of Doom (Original Broadcast: 5th January 1994)
  2. The 23rd Century (Original Broadcast: 16th September 1994)
  3. Mommy's Boy (Original Broadcast: 23rd September 1994)
  4. Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Penguin (Original Broadcast: 30th September 1994)
  5. Surprise Fate (Original Broadcast: 7th October 1994)
  6. High Doom (Original Broadcast: 14th October 1994)
  7. The Jewel in the Crown (Original Broadcast: 21st October 1994)
  8. A Christmas Carol (Original Broadcast: 28th October 1994)
  9. Fish Finger (Original Broadcast: 4th November 1994)
  10. Disgusting or What? (Original Broadcast: 11th November 1994)
  11. Rock 'n' Roll Penguins (Original Broadcast: 18th November 1994)
  12. The Computer of Doom (Original Broadcast: 25th November 1994)
  13. Sherlock's Penguins (Original Broadcast: 2nd December 1994)
  14. The Beauties and the Beasts (Original Broadcast: 9th December 1994)

International broadcasts[]

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    • Megavision (1994–1996)
    • Canal 13 (1995–2001)
    • UCV Television (1997–1998)
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    • ABC (1995–1997)
    • 7Two (2009–2011)
  • Template:Flagicon Sweden
    • TV4
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    • TV3 (1998–2000)
  • Template:Flagicon South Africa
    • SABC2
  • Template:Flagicon Singapore
    • Channel 5 (1995–1996)
    • The Disney Channel (2001–2002)
  • Template:Flagicon United Arab Emirates
    • Dubai 33
  • Template:Flagicon Malaysia
    • TV1 (1996–1999)
  • Template:Flagicon Israel
    • Arutz HaYeladim
  • Template:Flagicon Poland
    • TVP Regionalna
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    • Nickelodeon
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    • BFBS
    • SSVC Television
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    • TVB Pearl
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  • Template:Flagicon Zimbabwe
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