The Penguin's New Groove (The Penguin and Me in other territories, ペンギンの新しい溝 in Japan, O Pinguim e o Mimetismo in Brazil, Las Locuras del Pingüino in Venezuela and Pingviini ja jäljitelmä in Finland) is an American-Japanese fan-made animated film. Directed by a Japanese-born Australian person named Lorenzo "Japeth XL" Tsukuda, it features the animation style of Scooby-Doo and the Witch's Ghost. The film was released in the United States on YouTube on March 24, 2006 and in Japan on VHS and DVD on April 7, 2006. It was released by Paramount Home Entertainment on VHS and DVD on May 13, 2006, including the short film, Beauty and the Gaulish Boy. Produced between April 20, 2004 and 2005 through Japanese animation studios Mook Animation and TMS Entertainment, it is based on the Japanese comic book of the same name from 1998.
When Robin's girlfriend, Barbara tries to escape for the second time during the climax, Belson gets a revolver out from a drawer and shoots at her, but he hits her with hair buckle was taken down which leads to a Gaulish boy named Robin rescues her and the oil derrick going up in flames. Let's split up for other clues! Robin and Barbara were jumped off the oil rig and are driven by dolphins to Venice Beach; a Shiba Inu dog named Kenai and his best friend are a big, real, wild, powerful, and strong Saiyan hippie named Koda find a penguin egg that had hatched as a young, hilarious, and fleet-of-foot penguin named Nori showed up to help them. Kenai, Koda, and Nori were driven by a dolphin in the group to Venice Beach so they could find Robin and Barbara as if they were escaped from the ocean and defeat the Ghost of Tsushima who plans to rule the world, and Mr. Jay, his girlfriend, Abby Harper, and her henchman is a chemically-boosted assassin, Bane, are in charge of summoning the two-headed turkey named Olaf in the world. All of them, together with the Saimaa ringed seal named Sydney, set off on a road trip full of humor, awesome adventures, big drama, and non-stop laughs!
The film begins with the chase leads them to the oil tanks, where Belson starts shooting at Barbara, but he took the buckle out of her hair causing the spilled oil to catch on fire just as Robin arrives at the place. The fire expands quickly and soon, the upper parts of the oil rig start blowing up in flames. After dealing with Master Freeze's polar bears, causing them to drop the ocean below, Kenai, Koda, and Robin help Barbara get down to them, but Freeze has arrived and tries to freeze them with his gun. They all three hide inside the booth of a crane, but they are trapped inside as Freeze encapsulates the booth in ice. They both yell after falling on a Skull Raft. Koda responds to him that the skulls were good medicine for them. The Skull Raft heads towards a nearby waterfall of Antarctica. Out of panic, they both jump off and fall onto a small portion of land with several blocks on it.
Kenai hits two nearby blocks. While two blocks spray out coins, the third block releases a blue-spotted egg. The egg falls off the Block and Kenai catches the egg, which then hatches, producing a small blue penguin named Nori. Nori proceeds to refer to Koda as "papa," to Kenai and Koda's surprise, that she tells Robin: "You need me to show you where they are." Wandering the Iceberg Pits, Nori starts crying. Koda asks Nori if he is hungry. Kenai and Koda are approached by a purple penguin and a blue one, which surprises Kenai, Koda, and Nori. Koda hands Nori over to the oversized penguins, and Nori grabs onto Kenai's legs, yelling, "Uncle Kenai!" The purple penguin attempts to eat Nori, and Koda quickly pulls him away. The oversized penguins then attempt to eat Kenai, Koda, and Nori, who escape by jumping over a river of water, using the harp seal as a stepping stone. They all four enter a Warp Pipe.
Ten years later, Kenai and Koda alarmed Barbara to jump in the destroyed bunk bed and took the tickles on it. Kenai and Koda stepped out in the bedroom, Barbara went into Belle's dress and wore the yellow gloves. Kenai and Koda brushed their teeth and Barbara is in the next room to brush her teeth. Barbara hides in her bedroom and Koda rolls in to crush the room. Robin and Barbara took the breakfast, she meets Saimaa ringed seal named Sydney to enter her new room. In the afternoon, she has the chance to go to visit his father, Joshua. Later that night, Robin, Barbara, Kenai, Koda, Nori, and Sydney are attacked at a bowling alley and chased by a two-headed turkey named Olaf and small robots called Rottens.
They all together are rescued by Discord, and the masked superhero, Blue Eagle. At last, Blue Eagle gets them both to bed, but then Barbara is up again asking for more milk. After that Nori is up again asking for something to eat, so Discord gives him a pilchard which is a very oily fish and he makes such a mess of eating it that Discord has to wipe greasy patches off his feathers. Then Barbara wants her stuffed panda plush and Nori wants the rest of her milk. When Koda stops coming to their demands (though Barbara made one pick up her stuffed panda plush after she dropped off the bed), they go out to find their exhausted mother asleep on the sofa next to a spilled glass of soda. Realizing how tired Koda is, Nori pushes their beds together and he and Barbara escort Koda to their bedroom where they all finally go to sleep together. Kenai and Koda watched the Ghost of Tsushima is on TV and Joshua discovers that Robin, Barbara, Kenai, Koda, Nori, and Sydney are with Blue Falcon. Escaping with the help of one of the Rottens and Olaf, they make contact with Discord.
They all together arrive at Venice Beach diner simultaneously, unaware of each other's presence. While Barbara complains to the cook, Robin overhears Bane's plan and attempts to warn Barbara where they are welcomed by fishermen. On the night of the rock concert, Nori performs dancing to the audience (Gothic Gods and Goddesses) but is mocked by everyone because of his strength, since then he realizes Robin's intentions and is disappointed. Abby Harper then summons Hercules and Olympian Gods and claims that Robin and Barbara saved the emperor, forcing them to flee with an armful of vials containing various animal potions (Bane deliberately knocked them all to the floor so that Nori and Sydney could not tell which one is correct), which they use to transform Nori during the chase. Barbara also knocks a table of flasks containing other animal potions into the pursuing Hercules and Olympian Gods, turning them into various animals. As they are cornered on the ledges of a giant wall structure, they are left with two remaining vials. Abby Harper starts to take the potion herself but is unintentionally defeated by Blue Eagle and Discord, who emerges from a previously unknown door. Nori and Sydney then join Robin, Barbara, and their family at his modest and bigger resort and celebrate with Blue Eagle and Discord.
- Scott Menville as Robin
- Tara Strong as Barbara
- Frank Welker as Kenai
- Matthew Lillard as Koda
- Andrew Sabistion as Nori
- Carlo Bonomi as Sydney
- David Hasselhoff as Blue Eagle
- Keanu Reeves as Discord the Dog Rapper
- C. Ernst Harth as Olaf the Two-Headed Turkey
- Xzibit as Ghost of Tsushima
- Joaquin Phoenix as Mr. Jay
- Carlos Alazraqui as Bane
- Michelle Yeoh as Abby Harper
- Scott McNeil as Joshua
- Candi Milo as Coral and Nita
- Richard Newman as Fisherman #1
- Lee Tockar as Fisherman #2
- Kimberly Brooks as Melody
- Kari Wahlgren as Yesenia
- Don Brown as King Neptune
- Samuel Vincent as Koonak
- George Dzundza as Belson
- Scott Innes as Fisherman #3
- C. Ernst Harth as Chef Sushi
- Dee Bradley Baker as Polar Bears
- John DiMaggio as Master Freeze
- Tom Kenny as Gothic God #1
- Jill Talley as Gothic Goddess #1
- David Bateson as Gothic God #2
- Tracey Moore as Gothic Goddess #2
- Walker Boone as Gothic God #3
- Tabitha St. Germain as Gothic Goddess #3
- Tony Rosato as Gothic God #4
- Jeannie Elias as Gothic Goddess #4
- Quinton Flynn as Gothic God #5
- Grey DeLisle as Gothic Goddess #5
- Greg Cipes as Gothic God #6
- Tara Strong as Gothic Godess #6
- James Barbour as Pirate Bat
In December 2005, Gregor Narholz, who previously worked on The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, was hired to compose the score.
Sound effects used
- CROWD GASP
- Maggie Sucking Pacifier Sound
- Hacienda Post Ping
- H-B BOINK, CARTOON - BOINK 04
- H-B HIT, CARTOON - HORN BONK
- H-B TEETH, CARTOON - TEETH CHATTER
- H-B WINCH - WINCH PULLEY CRANKING
- H-B ZIP, CARTOON - ZIP DOWN
- H-B ZIP, CARTOON - ZIP UP
- BARRACUDA ROAR
- HOMER'S BURP
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- Hollywoodedge, Bounce Jews Harp CRT015806
- Hollywoodedge, Cartoon Streaks 1 SS016501
- Hollywoodedge, Comedy Body Fall Msx CRT017301
- Hollywoodedge, Crash Metal Shatter PE110201
- Hollywoodedge, Cuckoo Clock Strikin PE179401
- Hollywoodedge, Dolphin Chirps Vocal PE024601
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- Hollywoodedge, Screams 4 Woman Singl PE133801
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- Hollywoodedge, Screams 7 Woman Three PE134101 (High pitched.)
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- Hollywoodedge, Girl Screams Long Hi CRT028201
- SMB 1-Up Sound
- SMB Brick Block Sound
- SMB Coin Sound
- SMB Death Sound
- SMB Power Up Sound
- SMB Warp Pipe/Power Down Sound
- Sound Ideas, HIT, CARTOON - FLAT BONK
- Sound Ideas, ZIP, CARTOON - QUICK WHISTLE ZIP OUT
- Sound Ideas, BITE, CARTOON - BIG CHOMP
- Sound Ideas, BITE, CARTOON - BIG SHARK BITE
- Sound Ideas, BIRD, EAGLE - BALD EAGLE: CALL, ANIMAL
- Sound Ideas, BLINK, CARTOON - XYLO EYE BLINKS
- Sound Ideas, BOING, CARTOON - BIG, LONG BOING
- Sound Ideas, BOING, CARTOON - HOYT'S BOING
- Sound Ideas, BOING, CARTOON - HOYT'S LONG RISE
- Sound Ideas, BOINK, CARTOON - BOINK 01
- Sound Ideas, BOINK, CARTOON - HOYT'S BOINK
- Sound Ideas, BORK, CARTOON - LOW BORK
- Sound Ideas, ANIMAL, MONSTER - SEVERAL SCREAMS, CREATURE
- Sound Ideas, CARTOON, AIRPLANE - PROP PLANE DIVE AND SWOOP BY
- Sound Ideas, CARTOON, BIRD - HEAD BONK BIRDS CHIRPING
- Sound Ideas, CARTOON, HORN - SHORT HORN TOOT, LOW
- Sound Ideas, CARTOON, POP - BIG POP 01
- Sound Ideas, CARTOON, POP - BIG POP 02
- Sound Ideas, CARTOON, POP - BIG POP 03
- Sound Ideas, CARTOON, POP - BIG POP 04
- Sound Ideas, CARTOON, POP - RAPID POPPING
- Sound Ideas, CARTOON, SWISH - LONG SWISH BY
- Sound Ideas, CARTOON, SWISH - SINGLE FAST WHIPPY SWISH BY
- Sound Ideas, CARTOON, WHISTLE - SLIDE WHISTLE: FAST SLIDE UP, ZIP 02
- Sound Ideas, CARTOON, ZIP - QUICK ZIP IN 01
- Sound Ideas, CROWD, PANIC - TEEN PANIC CROWD
- Sound Ideas, GUN, RICOCHET - SHORT THIN RICOCHET, BULLET 02
- Sound Ideas, HIT, CARTOON - HEAVY TIMP RISE
- Sound Ideas, HIT, HUMAN - BIG HEAVY FACE SLAP, CARTOON 01
- Sound Ideas, HIT, METAL - ANVIL FALL ON HEAD, CARTOON 02
- Sound Ideas, HIT, WHAP - BIG WHAP, CARTOON 01
- Sound Ideas, LION - ROARING, ANIMAL, CAT
- Sound Ideas, PLINK, CARTOON - SOUR PLINK
- Sound Ideas, PLUCK, CARTOON - VAROOP
- Sound Ideas, RICOCHET - BOW STRING RICCO
- Sound Ideas, RICOCHET - CARTOON RICCO 01
- Sound Ideas, DOG, SAMOYED - MEDIUM DOG, BARKING, ANIMAL 01
- Sound Ideas, DOG, SAMOYED - MEDIUM DOG, BARKING, ANIMAL 02
- Sound Ideas, SQUAWK, CARTOON - BIG HORN SQUAWK
- Sound Ideas, SQUISH, CARTOON - LITTLE SQUISH
- Sound Ideas, SQUISH, BOTTLE - SQUEEZE BOTTLE SQUISH, CARTOON
- Sound Ideas, THUNDER - THUNDER CLAP AND RUMBLE, WEATHER 01
- Sound Ideas, TAPE, CUEING - MUSIC: CUEING ON PROFESSIONAL RECORDER 01
- Sound Ideas, TAPE, CUEING - MUSIC: CUEING ON PROFESSIONAL RECORDER 02
- Sound Ideas, TAPE, CUEING - MUSIC: REWIND ON PROFESSIONAL RECORDER 01
- Sound Ideas, TAPE, CUEING - VOICE: TALKING FAST FORWARDED ON TAPE
- Sound Ideas, TAPE, CUEING - VOICE: CUEING ON PROFESSIONAL RECORDER 01
- Sound Ideas, TAPE, CUEING - VOICE: CUEING ON PROFESSIONAL RECORDER 02
- SMW Spit Sound
- SMW Yoshi Gulp Sound
- SMW Yoshi Sound
- SMW Yoshi Tongue Sound
- Taz Spin (Briefly heard.)
- WB CARTOON, SWISH - WHIPPY SWISH BY
The animation took place in two studios in Tokyo; initial animation production and effects were produced in Mook Animation in Inagi and TMS Entertainment in Nakano.
A prequel, titled The Seals and Me, was released on November 8, 2012. Carlo Bonomi reprised his role of Sydney, while Japeth XL returned to direct the film. The prequel's plot focuses on Sydney and two mermaids will be found inside the circus ring, when the three sea lions live in the air and find their own special species for the first time in Tokyo.
A spin-off television series, titled Koda Ball Z, aired on all NHK stations in Japan from November 23, 2003, to January 3, 2008, and its television film, titled Koda Ball Z and the Witch's Ghost, was released in North America on November 3, 2002, and in Japan on November 6, 2004, and it is a parody of Scooby-Doo and the Witch's Ghost. Scott Innes reprised their roles of Kenai and Koda, while Japeth XL returned to direct the film for television. The television film's plot focuses on Kenai and Koda join their friends, Yuna, Barney, and Tarja once again pile into Formula Two and stumble onto hazardous pay. This time they happen upon some Tokyo ghoulies in a small New England town.
In December 2013, Paramount announced a third Penguin's New Groove movie was in development. The Penguin on the Run had YouTube release in Japan on February 14, 2014, with a release of the film on premium video-on-demand for the United States on May 27, 2014.
In December 2012, it was announced that Scott Menville, Tara Strong, Scott Innes, Andrew Sabiston, and Carlo Bonomi would return as Robin, Barbara, Kenai, Koda, Nori, and Sydney, respectively for the anime series. Additional cast members will include Ethan Slater as Haru, Tom Arnold as Teizō, Jimmy O. Yang as Fuji, Awkwafina as Princess Rikku, Gavin Lee as Kenji, David Hasselhoff reprised his role of Blue Eagle, Xzibit reprised his role of Discord, and Debra Wilson as Teizō's son Gakuto. The anime series will be released on YouTube in June 21, 2013.
The Penguin's New Groove was released on VHS and DVD on May 13, 2006 by Paramount Home Entertainment, including the short film, Beauty and the Gaulish Boy and later re-released in 2012 as 6 feature film set on DVD alongside the Paramount films, Alice in Wonderland (2010), Finding Denno (2006), The Toys Room (2004), Hybrids Ltd. (2003) and Brian and the Little Mermaid (2006).
- Robin resembles Robin from Batman: The Animated Series with the same color as Flash Sentry's hair and skin and Justforkix's costume from Asterix and the Vikings.
- Barbara resembles Barbara Gordon from Batman: The Animated Series with the same color as Twilight Sparkle's hair and skin, bat's ears, and Belle's yellow dress and gloves.
- Kenai is a Shiba Inu dog that resembles Scooby-Doo with Goofy's teeth.
- Koda was based Jacob Two-Two and now has grown a big, strong, and powerful teenage man who looks like Shaggy Rogers, and has trained himself as a Z fighter.
- Nori and Sydney resemble Pingu and Robby from Pingu in the City.
- Blue Eagle bears a strong resemblance to Blue Falcon from Scoob (2020).
- Discord bears a strong resemblance to Dynomutt, Dog Wonder from Scoob (2020).
- Olaf the two-headed turkey was based on an enormous turkey from Scooby-Doo and the Witch's Ghost.
- Ghost of Tsushima's appearance looks somewhat similar to Phantasm from Batman: Mask of the Phantasm.
- Pirate Bat is just like Batman from Batman: The Animated Series.
- Joshua resembles Commisioner Gordon from Batman: The Animated Series.
- In the version for Brazil, the voice of Robin is played by Carlinhos da Silva and Barbara is voiced by Sabrina Sato.
- The song "The Penguin and Me" by Wilco is a parody of the song "The Witch's Ghost" by The Hex Girls.
- Kenai and Koda were named after Kenai and Koda from Brother Bear.
- Tara Strong, who voices Barbara, recreated the role of Barbara Gordon/Batgirl in Gotham Girls.
- Coral and Nita themselves bear a strong resemblance to Crystal and Amber.
- 6 Gothic Gods and Goddesses were based on The Snails, Mr. McKnight, Mayor Corey, T.J. Detweiler, and The Hex Girls.
- Nori and Sydney fell in love with the two mermaid princesses named Melody and Yesenia.