Bad Penguin by Phil Clarke | Script Revolution

Bad Penguin

A blind musician befriends an angry, armed-to-the-teeth penguin that wishes to teach Clover City how it feels about Christmas.



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Clover City: a beat-down burb reeling from the aftermath of WWII. A quiet little town preparing for Chrismas – unprepared for the feathered fury about to hit its doorstep.

A violent bird of few words, the Penguin arrives in town with a bang; roughing up a Christmas Mall Santa as his way of saying hello. The bird has a chip on its shoulder about the holiday, and has clearly lost his “Happy Feet.” No-one dares to ask why except for Cooper – a blind jazz musician who befriends the anti-social bird. Events spin out of control when the Penguin runs a-fowl of the local drug dealers and corrupt City mayor. As Christmas approaches, Cooper fights to save his feathered friend… and help him see the good in man (and Christmas) before it’s too late.

Best described as the bastard child of Quentin Tarantino and Bugs Bunny, Bad Penguin is an intelligent animation with heart - and a future Christmas classic.

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Bad Penguin was once optioned by BAFTA-winning animator/director Tony White.

Submitted: April 1, 2021
Last Updated: April 1, 2021

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The Writer: Phil Clarke

A published and produced writer, Phil struggles to create realistic characters and place them in extraordinary situations. His writing has earned him recognition in numerous screenplay competitions and the attention of several directors. Go to bio

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