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

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
3-2-1 Penguins! The Cheating Scales of Bullamanka Movie Poster Image
VeggieTales-produced moral tale of penguins.
  • NR
  • 2002
  • 30 minutes

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 2 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Encourages kids not to cheat.

Violence & Scariness

Mild peril, but no one is hurt.

Sexy Stuff

VeggieTales is a thriving franchise with toys, DVDs, merchandise, etc.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
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 youn...
Adult Written byreadinggirl April 9, 2008
Written byAnonymous June 29, 2020

Great episode!

So.... i love 3-2-1 Penguins! Its one of my favorite Qubo shows along with Pearlie, Stickin Around, Grossology, Jacob Two-Two and She-Ra: Princess of Power (als... Continue reading
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... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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