“3-2-1 Penguins!” Prop Designs

For last Saturday’s episode of 3-2-1 Penguins! I had the privilege of not only designing the misc. characters but also most of the props (over two dozen!) It was a lot of work for one episode but also a ton of fun. Here’s a sampling:

(All artwork is © copyright Big Idea. All rights reserved.)


This water pump is not really a prop, it’s more like a giant set piece. It’s also the only one I didn’t come up with entirely on my own. It’s based on a rough sketch given to me by the director.


Here’s a detail of the control panel on the side of the water pump.


Some shields for a quick gag. The ship is under attack, the Captain yells, “Raise shields!”. The clueless-but-loveable Kevin hoists these in the air. *Snicker!*


A welding mask worn by Fidgel, the ship’s science officer. The reason it sticks out so far from the front of his head is to allow room for his long beak.


Finally, a laser tag-like device that operates like a party favor. The script called for the filter to be removable.

I’d love to show more, but Big Idea owns all the artwork and they are being very generous as it is by allowing me to display this on my blog.

Don’t forget to watch 3-2-1 Penguins! Saturday mornings on NBC!