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Penguins of Madagascar movie review: it’s cheezey-dibble-icious

5 December 2014 9:00 AM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Gloriously bonkers. Like, Looney Tunes levels of cartoon madness. You will laugh your homo sapiens head off. I’m “biast” (pro): mostly love the Madagascar movies, really love the penguins

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

The hilarious paramilitary penguins of the Madagascar flicks have their own movie, and it is gloriously bonkers. Like, Looney Tunes levels of cartoon madness. You will laugh your homo sapiens head off. Penguins of Madagascar is closest in tone to what I called the “animated anarchy” of the third film, Europe’s Most Wanted… about which, I said two years ago, it felt as if the “cool, smooth nonsense of the penguins’ outrageous schemes… was allowed to take over the entire film.” Now this has actually happened, and there was much rejoicing. The plot is entirely superfluous. All you need to know is that »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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The Penguins Of Madagascar review

4 December 2014 10:10 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

DreamWorks Animation spins Madagascar's penguins out into a funny spy caper of their own. Comes with bonus Werner Herzog.

When it comes to the Madagascar series of films, there are the main characters, and then there are those scene-stealing penguins. They're the secret bedrock of the series, the funniest characters in the bunch, the consistent comic relief who both ground the films and heighten the craziness of the shenanigans and goings-on. It's not a surprise that the penguins have been the stars of most of the Madagascar spin-offs, including their own television series and a bunch of specials. It's not a surprise that, with the Madagascar gang having wrapped up a pretty solid trilogy of entertaining flicks, that the first spin-off be given to the comic relief.

The penguins are the most entertaining characters in Madagascar's animal kingdom, so it's not surprising that they've also got one of »

- simonbrew

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Penguins Of Madagascar Review

3 December 2014 10:44 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Throughout the first Madagascar film, four cuddly penguins remained on the sidelines, waddling onscreen whenever comic relief was needed. In 2008, the penguins were given their own television show but limited profits caused it to be cancelled in 2012, after only three seasons. Now, directors Eric Darnell (Madagascar) and Simon J. Smith (Bee Movie) have decided to give the beloved penguins another go in their own film, entitled Penguins of Madagascar.

We open up with a prologue detailing how the four penguins came together. As soon as the voice-over narration by Werner Herzog is heard, audience should know what they’re in for, and that’s material that can be enjoyed by both children and adults alike. As Herzog’s documentary crew observes, Kowalski (Chris Miller) and Rico (Conrad Vernon) are trailing their leader Skipper (Tom McGrath) along a line of other penguins. As the trio is marching, an egg rolls by. »

- Matt Hoffman

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Penguins of Madagascar review: Mission Impossible meets Despicable Me

2 December 2014 8:28 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Directors: Simon J Smith and Eric Darnell; Screenwriters: Michael Colton and John Aboud; Starring: Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Conrad Vernon, Christopher Knights, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich; Running time: 92 mins; Certificate: U

The modern box office is filled with sequels and reboots, and now even animated franchises are getting their own spinoffs, but can they be just as funny?

The Madagascar series has proved to be hugely popular since its debut in 2005, with the four penguins - Skipper, Kowalski, Private and Rico - standing out as some of the most loved minor characters.

Following on from their own Nickelodeon spinoff TV series - which has a separate continuity from the films in case you were intrigued - the four heroes embark on their own adventure away from their Madagascar friends and, surprisingly, it works.

While one may feel that we don't need to discover the penguins' origin story, it is actually »

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A Flipping Useless Penguin Dance in latest Penguins of Madagascar clip

1 December 2014 11:00 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its UK release this Friday, a new clip has arrived online for DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar spin-off Penguins of Madagascar, which sees Skipper, Kowalski and Rico causing a diversion with a Flipping Useless Penguin Dance. Check it out below…

Discover the secrets of the most entertaining and mysterious birds in the global espionage game: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private now must join forces with the chic spy organization, the North Wind, led by Agent Classified (we could tell you his name, but then … you know) to stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine from taking over the world.

See Also: Watch the trailer for Penguins of Madagascar

Penguins of Madagascar is out now in the States and opens in the UK this Friday, with a voice cast that includes Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich, Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Chris Knights, Ken Jeong, Annett Mahendru and Peter Stormare.

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- Gary Collinson

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Box Office: ‘Mockingjay’ Rules Black Friday With $24.1 Million as ‘Horrible Bosses 2’ Stumbles

29 November 2014 7:47 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” is continuing its box office hot streak.

The penultimate installment of the thriving Ya film series has ruled the U.S. box office for the second weekend in a row, making turkeys out of competitors (and fellow sequels) “Horrible Bosses 2” and “Penguins of Madagascar.” Lionsgate’s “Mohckingjay – Part 1” scored $24.1 million on Friday as it heads for a weekend win with $56 million, bringing its five-day total to $82 million.

If estimates hold, the film will have earned $226 million domestically by weekend’s end. It had already crossed $200 million internationally by Thursday.

However, “Mockingjay – Part 1,” which feasted on $11.1 million on Thanksgiving Day, is still behind “Catching Fire’s” record-breaking $110 million finish during last year’s five-day holiday.

Penguins of Madagascar” came in second on Friday with $10.5 million. The spin-off of DreamWorks Animation’s “Madagascar” franchise is headed for $26 million in its first weekend. Its five-day total »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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The Animated Feature contenders: Penguins of Madagascar

29 November 2014 6:00 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Tim here. I’m going to spend most of the remaining weeks of 2014 taking a look at some of the 20 films submitted to for the Best Animated Feature Oscar. These will mainly be the little underdogs that don’t really have a chance for a nomination, but deserve our attention as lovers of movies anyway.

But first, a different kind of film that doesn’t have a chance at receiving any Oscar buzz: this week’s new Penguins of Madagascar, the 30th release by DreamWorks Animation, and the last wide-release animated feature of the year. If I may confess my sins to all of you, I was actually looking forward to this, kind of: the penguins of the Madagascar film trilogy have been reliable stand-outs for as long as the franchise has existed: a wacky military squadron comprised of an ebullient Skipper (Tom McGrath), no-nonsense Kowalski (Chris Miller), wide-eyed moron Private (Christopher Knights), and demented, »

- Tim Brayton

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New Penguins of Madagascar Movie Received Mixed Reviews From Major Critics

28 November 2014 1:37 PM, PST | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

20th Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation released their new comedy/animation film, "Penguins of Madagascar," into theaters this past Wednesday and all the top,major critics have submitted their reviews. It turns out that about half the group liked it with mixed results. It got an overall 53 score out of a possible 100 across 30 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The film stars: John Malkovich, Chris Miller, Peter Stormare, Tom McGrath, Ken Jeong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Annet Mahendru and Christopher Knights. We've posted blurbs from a couple of the critics,below. Michael O'Sullivan from the Washington Post, gave it a nice 88 score, stating: " The screenplay by John Aboud, Michael Colton and Brandon Sawyer has a fizzy, pop-culture pizazz, tempered by a distinctly vaudeville sensibility. It’s smart, but not brainy; dumb, but never inane." Walter Addiego over at the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it a 78 grade. He stated: " There’s plenty here to tickle the kids, »

- Derek

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Film Review: ‘Penguins of Madagascar’ is Definitely No Turkey

27 November 2014 5:11 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The only thing rarer than a spinoff that soars over its inspiration is a DreamWorks Animation production without “Dragon” in the title, and one that’s actually worth watching. Improbably, “Penguins Of Madagascar” is both.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

To be honest, I’ve felt the “Madagascar” series to be typical of DreamWorks decidedly second-tier status in the field of animation. They lacked the imagination of Pixar’s best efforts, and settled for the usual collection of celebrity voices and overly hyperactive animation, topped off with a generic frenetic dance sequence that fades from memory before the beat even stops. While “Penguins” doesn’t exactly set itself apart per se, it does freshen up the formula and shows why it became popular in the first place.

This film sends the quartet of Skipper, Kowalski, Private, and Rico into their own secret agent spy adventure beginning with an inventive heist at Fort Knox. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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'Penguins of Madagascar': What the Critics Are Saying

26 November 2014 6:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Penguins of Madagascar, out Wednesday and with a voice cast of John Malkovich, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom McGrath, Werner Herzog, Chris Miller, Conrad Vernon and Christopher Knights, follows the fun foursome of secret agents that offered comical scenes in the previous Madagascar installments as they finally gets their own feature. See more 'Penguins of Madagascar' Secret-Agent Backstory Revealed in New Trailer The 20th Century Fox title, co-directed by Eric Darnell (the three previous Madagascar films) and Simon J. Smith (Bee Movie), is one of many family films hitting the holiday box office this season, and is expected to post a solid

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- Ashley Lee

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Win Fantastic ‘Penguins Of Madagascar’ Goodies!

26 November 2014 3:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

To celebrate the release of Dreamworks Animation’s Penguins Of Madagascar, on 5th December, we’ve got 3 awesome goody bags to giveaway!

The Penguins of Madagascar are back in their very own feature film! Featuring the enterprising Penguins from DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar franchise, this 3D comedy adventure stars Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private in their very own spy thriller. It also stars the voice talents of Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Chris Knights, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich, Ken Jeong, Annett Mahendru, and Peter Stormare!

Each bag contains an Activity Set, a Holographic Sticker, Lenticular Cards, a Drawstring Bag, Projector Watch, Character Earphones and a Kid’s T-Shirt – Perfect to celebrate the movie! Check out the trailer:

To grab yourself the chance of winning a bag, just tell us what original film these cheeky Penguins first appeared in!

Send your answer, with your name and address, to our box below with »

- Dan Bullock

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DreamWorks’ Penguins Of Madagascar – The Review

25 November 2014 8:46 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

DreamWorks’ Penguins Of Madagascar will leave kids in stitches… while older audience members are left bored, with few laughs.

The penguins of Madagascar are back with an all new adventure. Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private, along with a new group of elite operatives group called The North Wind,are on a mission,  to save the penguins of the world after the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine sets his plan of destruction into motion. A world without penguins? Oh, my!

The ‘Penguins of Madagascar’ television series seems to go over rather well, and the film does too… for children. There are funny puns that will make audiences chuckle, but for the most part I was left spiritless. Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Conrad Vernon and Christopher Knights really do work together well, and are humorous to watch (listen to) as the penguins. It would have been very easy for the studio to bump them for A-list names, »

- Melissa Howland

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Review: 'Penguins of Madagascar' lands some laughs but still feels cynical

25 November 2014 3:00 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

First, let's state the obvious and get it out of the way. This is a crass piece of corporate product, an animation studio working more as an IP farm than as a storytelling unit, and it exists so that Dreamworks Animation can continue to wring money out of the "Madagascar" franchise. It is a perfect example of marketing driving the machine. It's also a profoundly silly movie that really isn't even trying to play by the conventional rules of family animation. They nod to creating a sentimental arc between Private (Christopher Knights) and Skipper (Tom McGrath), but they don't dwell on it, and they handle it with a fairly deft touch. The main goal of the movie is just to be ridiculous, and it does that in spades. The film starts with the penguins in their natural habitat, being filmed by a documentary film crew complete with the actual Werner Herzog narrating. »

- Drew McWeeny

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‘Penguins Of Madagascar’ Review: Pete Hammond On Earthbound Spinoff

25 November 2014 2:32 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Penguins of Madagascar waddles onto screens this holiday week, a spinoff of DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar animated franchise. But as I say in my video review above, this film focuses on just one corner of that franchise’s winning collection of critters, the scheming pack of penguins. And it never quite takes flight, despite its manic pace and an evil octopus (!) voiced wonderfully by John Malkovich.

Other voice cast members include the seemingly omnipresent Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom McGrath (director of the three Madagascar films), Chris Miller (Puss in Boots director), Christopher Knights and Conrad Vernon (director of Shrek 2 and Monsters vs. Aliens).

The film was directed by Eric Darnell and Simon J. Smith, from a script fashioned by McGrath, Brandon Sawyer, Eric Darnell, John Aboud and Michael Colton. Producers are Laura Breay and Mark Swift.

Penguins opens in the United States on Wednesday (it’s been in China and »

- Pete Hammond

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Penguins Of Madagascar Review

25 November 2014 12:55 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Can scene-stealers carry a movie?  Or do some characters only work best in small doses?  Even though they don't have big-name voice actors, the espionage-minded penguins from the Madagascar franchise have consistently been more appealing than the central characters.  They almost feel like they're more for the adults in the audience and the kids can have the slapstick and fart jokes.  Now Skipper (Tom McGrath), Kowalski (Chris Miller), Rico (Conrad Vernon), and Private (Christopher Knights) have taken center stage, and their spin-off, Penguins of Madagascar, easily surpasses the first two Madagascar films (I didn't even bother with the third) through its rapid-fire wit, cuteness, and offbeat jokes that will amuse kids and adults alike. After seeing crack squad's first mission, we cut to the present and see the Penguins squaring off against Dave (John Malkovich), a mad scientist/octopus who poses as a human by day, but by night harbors »

- Matt Goldberg

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Benedict Cumberatch prepares for Penguins of Madagascar role in hilarious Mockumentary

25 November 2014 7:52 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

20th Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation have released a new mockumentary for the upcoming CG-animated spin-off Penguins of Madagascar which sees Benedict Cumberbatch prepare for his wolf role…

See Also: Watch the trailer for Penguins of Madagascar

Discover the secrets of the most entertaining and mysterious birds in the global espionage game: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private now must join forces with the chic spy organization, the North Wind, led by Agent Classified (we could tell you his name, but then … you know) to stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine from taking over the world.

Penguins of Madagascar is set for release on November 26th in the States and on December 5th in the UK, with a voice cast that also includes John Malkovich, Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Chris Knights, Ken Jeong, Annett Mahendru and Peter Stormare.

The post Benedict Cumberatch prepares for Penguins of Madagascar role in hilarious Mockumentary appeared first on Flickering Myth. »

- Luke Owen

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'Penguins of Madagascar' Mockumentary with Benedict Cumberbatch

20 November 2014 3:12 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

On behalf of 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation we're excited to share with you a hilarious new "Mockumentary" for the highly anticipated action-comedy,&#160Penguins of Madagascar,&#160featuring&#160Tom McGrath, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Jeong, John Malkovich, and director Eric Darnell.

Find out just how committed the cast were to their roles and how they literally became the animals they are playing!

In Penguins of Madagascar, super spy teams aren't born...they're hatched.&#160 Discover the secrets of the greatest and most hilarious covert birds in the global espionage biz: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private. These elitists of the elite are joining forces with a chic undercover organization, The North Wind.&#160 Led by handsome and husky Agent Classified (we could tell you his name, but then...you know), voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch.&#160Together, they must stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine from destroying the world as we know it.&#160

Check out the cast, »

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 40 Pairs of Passes to ‘Penguins of Madagascar’ With John Malkovich

19 November 2014 8:51 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 40 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new animated comedy “Penguins of Madagascar” starring John Malkovich and Benedict Cumberbatch!

Penguins of Madagascar,” which opens on Nov. 26, 2014 and is rated “PG,” also stars Werner Herzog, Ken Jeong, Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights, Annet Mahendru, Peter Stormare and Conrad Vernon from directors Eric Darnell and Simon J. Smith and writers John Aboud and Michael Colton.

To win your free “Penguins of Madagascar” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 at 11 a.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds of winning; this doesn’t intensify your competition!

Preferably, use your »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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New clip and featurette for Penguins of Madagascar

17 November 2014 11:10 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

20th Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation have released a new clip from the upcoming CG-animated spin-off Penguins of Madagascar which sees the Penguins causing mischief, along with a featurette entitled ‘Meet the Fleet'; check them both out here…

See Also: Watch the trailer for Penguins of Madagascar

Discover the secrets of the most entertaining and mysterious birds in the global espionage game: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private now must join forces with the chic spy organization, the North Wind, led by Agent Classified (we could tell you his name, but then … you know) to stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine from taking over the world.

Penguins of Madagascar is set for release on November 26th in the States and on December 5th in the UK, with a voice cast that includes Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich, Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Chris Knights, Ken Jeong, Annett Mahendru and Peter Stormare.

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- Gary Collinson

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Win A Family Four-Pack Of Tickets To The Advance Screening Of Penguins Of Madagascar In St. Louis

13 November 2014 1:58 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Penguins Of Madagascar are coming to theaters this Thanksgiving!

Super spy teams aren’t born…they’re hatched. Discover the secrets of the greatest and most hilarious covert birds in the global espionage biz: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private. These elitest of the elites are joining forces with a chic undercover organization, The North Wind. Led by handsome and husky Agent Classified (we could tell you his real name, but then…you know), voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch. Together, they must stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine, voiced by John Malkovich, from destroying the world as we know it.

The breakout stars of DreamWorks Animation’s hit “Madagascar” movies get their own big screen comedy-adventure, in which the stakes couldn’t be higher for the Penguins. Their globetrotting adventures take them to Antarctica, Venice, the desert, Shanghai, New York City and … Kentucky), during which they experience glory, engage in espionage, foil »

- Movie Geeks

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