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"Penny Crayon! Can draw anything she likes,
Like cats and dogs and crocodiles, And juggernauts and bikes,
But Penny’s magic drawings are not like any other,
They walk and talk, and come to life, creating lots of bother!"
— The first verse of the Expository Theme Tune
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Penny Crayon was a British cartoon that ran from 1989 to 1990, about the adventures of a schoolgirl (voiced by Su Pollard) who has a set of magic crayons. Whatever she draws comes to life, in a manner similar to Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings. Penny and her friend Dennis have adventures, get into scrapes, and use her powers to foil bullies and bank robbers alike.


Penny Crayon provides examples of:

  • Achilles' Heel: Water washes out the objects Penny creates.
  • Art Initiates Life: The show's premise.
  • Artsy Beret: Penny, whose magical art skills define her character, always wears a beret.
  • As You Know: The nasty twins talking to each other in "Treasure Hunt":
    Twin 1: Waste of time that'll be, because they'll never find any treasure!
    Twin 2: No they won't! We've set lots of rotten clues, all leading to nothing!
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  • British Brevity: It only lasted for 13 episodes.
  • Catchphrase: Dennis. "Owh, Penny, you are clever!"
  • Everybody Laughs Ending: Every episode ends with Penny and Dennis laughing, usually at a pun one of them made..
  • Magical Girl: Penny, in a fashion - the delivery is very different but she basically has the same power set as Magical Idol Pastel Yumi. Also this makes Tara a Dark Magical Girl albeit a rather petty one.
  • Meaningful Name: Penny's mean cousin Tara has a magic eraser. "Ta-ra" is another way of saying "bye."
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Penny can be really full of herself at times.

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