Pengsoo was created for children's television, yet it became such a sensation with adults that it was named South Korea's person of the year. Now it's ready to take over the globeGrowing up in the South Pole, Pengsoo was to his penguin peers what Rudolph was to Santa's reindeers: an outcast shunned for being different. Bullies latched on to Pengsoo's towering frame â€“ at nearly 7ft, Pengsoo is almost twice the height of the average emperor penguin â€“ and its large, unblinking eyes.â€œThe other penguins didn't play with me because I was too big,â€ 10-year-old Pengsoo told producers at a studio in the Korea Educational Broadcasting System (EBS) headquarters in Seoul in April 2019. Sitting in a gray room, empty save a too-small chair positioned beside a childish self-portrait, Pengsoo stared at the producers as it spoke. Pengsoo had swum to South Korea from the Antarctic â€œnot too long agoâ€, it said, in the hopes of becoming the next big sensation on YouTube, which was â€œgetting very popularâ€ in its homeland. But the bullying there had been too much.