3-2-1 Penguins! The Cheating Scales of Bullamanka

  • Review Date: May 19, 2003
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2002
  • Running Time: 30 minutes

Common Sense Media says

VeggieTales-produced moral tale of penguins.
  • Review Date: May 19, 2003
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2002
  • Running Time: 30 minutes





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Encourages kids not to cheat.

Violence & scariness

Mild peril, but no one is hurt.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
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VeggieTales is a thriving franchise with toys, DVDs, merchandise, etc.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this DVD is produced by the people who brought us the VeggieTales series. Its focus is morals and lessons, and there is a mild reference to God not wanting us to cheat.

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Kids say

What's the story?

From the producers of the VeggieTales series comes a new computerized cast starring in gently funny stories with gentle morals about integrity and sharing. But this time, instead of vegetable characters, they have space-exploring penguins. The second tale in the series, 3-2-1 PENGUINS! THE CHEATING SCALES OF BULLAMANKA, features twins Michelle and Jason furiously competing in a board game called Squid-Tac-Toad. When Michelle cheats to win, this is a job for the penguins! The tuxedoed space explorers beam her onto their spaceship and whisk her away to Bullamanka, where the dishonest Lizard King (voiced by Ron Smith) is cheating in a game eerily similar to Michelle's. But the difference is, when he cheats, innocent Bullamankan lives are at stake. It's up to Michelle and the penguins to prove that the Lizard King is corrupt.

Is it any good?


Even though you can guess what the outcome is, this is still fun to watch. It's not as visually engaging as the VeggieTales series, but it's still a good fit for this age group.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about their own family's notion of morality and religion. What is cheating? Can you cheat at more than just board games?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:October 1, 2002
DVD release date:October 1, 2002
Cast:Buddy Lewis, Ron Smith, Ron Wells
Director:Ron Smith
Studio:Warner Bros.
Genre:Family and Kids
Run time:30 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Teen, 16 years old Written byJoseph Rock February 28, 2012

Slightly even better than the show,which is pretty good too.

I'm a huge fan of the show.This movie ROCKS! It is super funny,and edicational.The animation is colorful,and the music is great.I just LOVE this movie (and the show)
Teen, 15 years old Written byDavid Cardino January 28, 2012

I love this show!

This is the BEST show Qubo has made! It is both funny & edacational.Kinda like Fetch With Ruff Ruffman.I love that show too.I just love it love it love it (as Little Miss Sunshine would say on The Mr Men Show)
Adult Written byMovieLover4Lyfe May 26, 2010
I babysit my best friends children sometimes and they loved this movie! They were really enthralled by the cute little penguins, great movie for the really young!
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