A series of penguins emerges from an igloo heading towards a hole in the ice. As each penguin leaves the igloo he slips on the ice and slides on his back feet first towards the others in front who are bunched together in line waiting their turn to jump in the water through the hole. As each sliding penguin bumps into the rear penguin in line the force of his impact is transmitted to the front most penguin who is ejected from the line due to Newton’s laws of motion causing him to slide belly first into the hole. The idea of the animation is to make something both entertaining and educational. Ideally the penguins would be cute, cuddly, and playful (see example below).
The idea comes from a Newtonian cradle which is often used to illustrate Newton’s laws of motion:
Of course Newton’s laws of motion also apply to penguins on slick ice:
Adapting this for 4-Mation to take advantage of animation multiplexing due to it’s sub one second loop: