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Penguin plushie characteristics
Like real penguins, penguin plushies often have fusiform bodies. They have large heads with short necks, small beaks and beady eyes. Most penguin plushies have no legs, and only feature the penguins’ small webbed feet. Their plushies’ floppy wings complete their look. Almost all stuffed animal penguins are simply colored black and white. Exceptions are ‘younger’ looking penguin plushies, where grays are used instead of blacks. Other colors often found in penguin plushies are yellow and orange, to accentuate their beaks, feet and chest. Penguin plushies are the most popular bird plushies, followed by owls.
Famous Penguins (available as stuffed animals)
Penguins have been featured in many animated films. They were, for example, the main stars of Animal Logic’s Happy Feet (2006), in which Elijah Wood portrayed the cute penguin Mumble. Though Mumble-plushies were popular around the time the film and its sequel were released, it has become increasingly difficult to find them. In that regard, Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, and Private – the penguins from DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar (2005) – were more successful. The penguins became breakout characters: they starred in their own film, titled Penguins of Madagascar (2014) and today many shops still sell plushies based on their likeness.
Aside from stuffed animals based on Madagascar’s four adventurous penguins, there are many original penguin plushies. While some are designed to look as lifelike as possible, others are simply designed to melt your heart.