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Penguins of Madagascar (2014)

PG  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy  |  26 November 2014 (USA)
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Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private join forces with undercover organization The North Wind to stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine from destroying the world as we know it.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Skipper (voice)
Kowalski (voice)
Private (voice)
Rico (voice)
Dave (voice)
Classified (voice)
Short Fuse (voice)
Eva (voice)
Corporal (voice)
Mort (voice)
Sean Charmatz ...
Cricket (voice)
Documentary Filmmaker (voice)
Stephen Kearin ...
Pilot / Aquarium Employee (voice)
Kelly Cooney ...
Mermain Penguin (voice)


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 elitists of the elite are joining forces with a chic undercover organization, The North Wind. Led by handsome and husky Agent Classified (we could tell you his name, but then...you know). Together, they must stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine, from destroying the world as we know it. Written by DreamWorks Animation

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The movie event that will blow their cover

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild action and some rude humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 November 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Penguins of Madagascar  »

Box Office


$132,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$25,447,444 (USA) (28 November 2014)


$83,348,920 (USA) (1 May 2015)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


John Malkovich had been offered the role of Dr. Octavius Brine three and a half years before the film's release, and thought that it would be funny to use his voice for an octopus. See more »


Venice has no roads for automobiles. The truck loaded with watermelons would not be in a city accessible only by boat or foot. See more »


Classified: We are the North Wind, and no one, NO ONE, breaks the Wind.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening, a glacier calves to reveal the Dreamworks Animation logo; the logo portion then calves again to replace the boy holding the fishing pole with four penguins standing on each others' shoulders. See more »


References Planet of the Apes (1968) See more »


Written by Jin Young Park and Woo S. Rhee
Performed by Wonder Girls
Courtesy of JYP Entertainment Corporation
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Remains Conventional
2 December 2014 | by (Los Banos, Laguna, Philippines) – See all my reviews

The penguins in the Madagascar movies are one of the reasons why the series become so memorable, and there is indeed no doubt why a spin-off for them would exist. A full-length feature of crazy antics and appropriately weird adventures would guarantee a fun film. While that is what somewhat outcomes here in Penguins of Madagascar, the movie as well tries to fit in some arc, but what is executed doesn't seem to work, taking over much of what makes these characters appealing. Of course, they could have taken it a lot simpler, but out of conventions, they have to add some big drama, but it turns out that element doesn't feel natural to the overall experience.

While the plot doesn't offer enough intrigue, the main point of the movie is having these penguins do the most ridiculous schemes they could do for the entire runtime. While it gets real fun when they are simply fooling around in their mission and at each other, there is some various arcs that are supposed to elevate the story, but those are the parts where the movie doesn't have much to do. Whatever lead there is some forced redemption and some easily solved subplots. It's rather unfulfilled as a result. If the viewers could ignore this fault, then the comedy gets things right, you could find some big laughs, especially at its occasional cleverest humor. Though, the imagination of the jokes slowly fades halfway through. There was too much effort for the action, they seem to lose ideas for better jokes, mostly the pointlessly repetitive celebrity name puns that gets old too easily.

Apart from the basic points, Penguins of Madagascar is perfect for a totally exciting action film, though it can get a bit too tiring. But there is a lot of dazzling zaniness at every animated set piece that is fueled with endless craziness. This is what these movies are only interested at nowadays, creating the most dashing visuals, even if we no longer know what is going on anymore. Maybe that is enough for people to see it in 3D. The cast is pretty fun; the voices behind the penguins still did what they do best. While the ones that did the side characters also serve some memorable vocal performances.

There isn't much to merit in Penguins of Madagascar other than its extremely cartoony action scenes and some other silliness. The drama within the main characters just doesn't help much. It doesn't give enough impact and it feels more like an obligation. But the best decision is it shouldn't have been a big deal for the movie. I mean there were standalone Madagascar Penguin short films that worked better because it is done in straightforward comedy. Not that bringing some heart is a bad thing, but I guess we like these characters better if they are colder as they fool around. For now, it's still entertaining, but you may not find anything else special about it.

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