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Episode based

  • This is the episode when we learn that Skipper can't set foot in Denmark. It's a throwaway gag until the episode Huffin and Puffin.
  • This is the first appearance of Max, the stray cat who Skipper nicknames "Mooncat".
  • This is also the first appearance of Frankie the pigeon.
  • Alice, Marlene, and the chimpanzees are absent in this episode.
  • There is a mounted fish on the wall with a plaque that reads "Privates 1st Prize".
  • The penguins sleep with pillows and blankets but keep the blankets rolled up at their feet.
  • The penguins have a fridge with a cake, an apple, a pear and a juice box.
  • King Julien knows how to golf and has 400 golf balls along with a golf club made of bamboo.
  • Kowalski and Skipper both know how to play chess.
  • The Penguins have a TV that was playing a police drama of some sort, set in New York.
  • Rico's doll/girlfriend makes her first appearance in this episode. She is a blond doll wearing a skimpy black and blue outfit.
  • Kowalski has a computer of some sort which is really a Speak and Spell. Its buttons are a colored grid of shapes. Its display shows single words as it reads the word out loud.
  • The space helmets the penguins wear are simply glass bowls with a black bottom and 9-volt "alkaline" batteries attached to the back with rubber bands.
  • The space ship, "Penguin One", is simply a garbage can or a barrel modified with wood and other materials with rubber rafts on the end to look like a rocket. The control panel is a child's toy. The buttons squeak when pressed and there is a horn and a fake key that turns. The rocket is propelled using many sticks of dynamite ignited underneath it.
  • Max has one blue eye and one green eye.
  • The commercial on the TV is selling a fish for $49.99.
  • Kowalski has a gadget that reads oxygen levels, which he says is surprisingly high on the "moon", moon cheese content, which is disappointly low, and detects alien life.
  • The penguins claim the "moon" by planting a blue triangular flag with the silhouette of a penguin on it.
  • There is a VCR and a radio stacked on cinder blocks behind the TV in the penguins habitat.
  • The penguins' habitat is booby trapped with a plastic spoon launcher hidden behind the fish plaque and a laundry basket net that drops from the ceiling. A backup crate gets set off if the laundry basket fails.
  • There is a secret tunnel behind the fish prize plaque.
  • The TV has the brand name "Fishy Vision" on the top of it with a fish outline on either side of the word.
  • If Kowalski would have carried the two, the rocket might have made it to the moon.
  • When Private suggested visiting a zoo (precisely the zoo where they are based on), he mentioned pandas, hippos, and the reptile house. Red pandas actually are found in the zoo in real life. Hippos pays a reference to Gloria from the movies. The reptile house is by far the only exhibit that is found in the series.
  • "The Penguin One" rocket makes more appearances such as in The Trouble With Jiggles and Operation: Big Blue Marble. The rocket had made it to Mars & the toxic bubble no problem, but the rocket never reached the moon in this episode, it's possible that Kowalski upgraded the rocket somehow and that allowed it to reach space.

Foul Ups, Bloops, and Blunders

  • When Max says "It's time to eat!" He has a fork and a knife in both hands. Later when he makes the knocking sound on the side of the box, the fork and knife disappear.
  • When Skipper realizes there's no such thing as moon cat hospitality, the penguins are in this order: Rico, Skipper, Private, Kowalski. Mere seconds later, their order is now Private, Kowalski, Skipper, Rico.

Behind the Scenes

  • This episode, along with Haunted Habitat were the show's TV premiere episodes and were shown after the Nickelodeon 2009 Kids' Choice Awards.

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