The adventures of a cheeky but innocent anthropomorphic Koala bear, navigating the troughs and crests of joyfully growing up with her family and friends
- Penelope is a three-year-old small blue koala, with qualities and defects that make her an endearing character and allow kids to identify with her
- She experiences the pleasures and discoveries of childhood and its many landmarks
- Both boys and girls identify with Penelope. Her clothes, games, and toys are deliberately chosen to be gender-neutral
- Penelope makes mistakes. She is not perfect, just like any other kid her age
- She is active and playful, always curious to explore her possibilities, discover the world, and learn.
- She is mischievous but open and generous, never missing an opportunity to share with others
- Penelope is self-assured and willing to take on initiatives
- At age 3, Penelope can already speak well and is constantly improving her speaking abilities
- Crossed 80,000 subscribers on YouTube in less than 3 months across 5 Indian languages.
- Backed by consumer demand, the series was released in English in April, 2022.
- The series has clocked over 11 million total views
- More than 200,000 watch-time hours
- Returning viewers account for more than 15% of total views in less than 3 months.
- CTR (Click-through rate) of 15%, significantly higher than the industry standard.
Awards and Accolades
- Excellence Award in the Animation Division at the 11th Japan Media Arts Festival (2007)
- Visual Technology Award from the Motion Picture and Television Engineering Society of Japan (2006)
- Official Selection of the Annecy International Animation Film Festival (France)
Penelope is based on the lovely picture book series penned by Anne Gutman and illustrated by Georg Hallensleben, and has sold over 3 million copies worldwide. Nippon Animation acquired the global license to create an animated series on the books. PlayVerse now possesses the rights to distribute the series in India in 6 languages - English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Bangla.
Background & Key Credits
Georg Hallensleben and Anne Gutman are stars of children’s literature. Their characters Gaspard and Lisa have become icons in Japan and even have their own theme park at the foot of Mount Fuji. Nippon Animation is a 47-year old studio that has produced over 100 TV series, TV specials, films, and other productions. It is known for its works based on western literature such as Penelope, Anne of Green Gables, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
PlayVerse is founded by Jaineel Aga, a serial entrepreneur in the licensing industry, and seeded by Akatsuki Inc. a gaming and entertainment company in Japan and listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
Pre-school children aged 2-5 years
The series surrounds the life and times of Penelope, an anthropomorphic koala bear. Viewers will experience the heart-warming story of Penelope growing up, learning, and evolving through her life experiences such as a day at the school, family visits to beaches and parks, interaction with her friends, cousins, neighbours, and shopkeepers. The innocent way, in which she experiences her first painting, her first bike ride, her search for Santa, or her attempts at gardening will make every child root for her. The series has a subtle tone, through which it imbibes good manners, emotional awareness, and relevant pre-school learnings about topics such as colours, shapes, animals, etc.
Tone & Style
The series has successfully replicated the colour pallet, tone, and illustration from the books and is created using pastel colour environments in 3D animation form. The attention to detail and subtle notes are merged perfectly well with the story reinforcing elements such as warmth, innocence, and endearment.
- Narrator - A nurturing voice, bringing excitement to Penelope’s visual story, especially for younger children.
- Penelope - A warm-hearted, well-intentioned but mischievous and playful three-year-old girl, represented by a blue koala bear.
- Penelope’s parents - Mom and Dad who love Penelope very much - are encouraging, understanding and a constant part of her play and learn adventures
- Penelope’s grandparents
- Penelope’s younger siblings - a pair of twins (little sister and brother)
- Lili-Rose - Penelope’s friend, a lively and sweet anthropomorphic elephant
- Stromboli - Penelope’s friend, an excited and energetic anthropomorphic dog with a brown eye-spot
- Aladin - Penelope’s friend, a slightly shy anthropomorphic tiger
- Cesarine - Penelope’s friend, a soft-spoken anthropomorphic polar bear
World Building (Mood Board)
All images copyright ©️ NIPPON ANIMATION CO., LTD. / NHK ENTERPRISES, INC. / SHIROGUMI INC
Everyday Indoor Activities
Outdoor Play Activities
The episodes are interspersed with various catchy songs and fun songs with an average run time of 5 minutes 3 seconds.
English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Bangla
English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Bangla
Some of the most successful episodes
- Penelope gets dressed by herself - Penelope gets dressed for school all by herself for the first time. Unfortunately, she doesn’t realize, it’s a holiday!
- Penelope takes a bath - Penelope gets chocolate all over herself while eating a doughnut, she has a shower with her toys and bubble and then her parents tuck her in bed.
- Playing with colours - Penelope and her friends play and learn about different colours.
- Penelope tidies up her room - Penelope’s mum asks her to tidy up her room and through a series of pocket-sized adventures, Penelope manages to tidy her room.
- Hide and seek - Penelope goes to the farm and plays hide and seek with her friends. In the end, she manages to hide from all her friends with her little piglet at the barn and scare them to laughter.
- School Carnival - Penelope and her friends prepare for the school carnival with various musical instruments, completing the episode with an exciting group performance