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The Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper (2005)

The penguins of the Central Park Zoo have an adventure in the city on Christmas Eve.

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Gary Trousdale
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The daily adventures of penguins living in New York's Central Park Zoo.

Stars: John DiMaggio, Tom McGrath, Jeff Bennett
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tom McGrath ... Skipper (voice)
Chris Miller ... Kowalski (voice)
Christopher Knights Christopher Knights ... Private (voice)
John DiMaggio ... Rico (voice)
Elisa Gabrielli ... Old Lady (voice)
Bill Fagerbakke ... Ted the Polar Bear (voice)
Sean Bishop Sean Bishop ... Doorman / TV Announcer (voice)
Mitch Carter ... (voice)
Rif Hutton ... (voice)
Richard Miro ... (voice)
Holly Dorff ... (voice)
Hope Levy ... (voice)
Lynnanne Zager ... (voice)
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Storyline

On Christmas Eve, Private slips out of the zoo for some last-minute shopping. In the city he's mistaken as a cute chew toy by a mean old woman named Nana, who gives Private to her vicious dog, Mr. Chew. On a mission to rescue their penguin pal, Skipper, Kowalski and Rico risk life and flipper as they take on Nana and Mr. Chew with an explosive solution that will leave you laughing out loud. Written by Anonymous

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Join the Madagascar Penguins in their all-new holiday adventure!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Madagaszkár-pingvinek és a karácsonyi küldetés See more »

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Production Co:

DreamWorks Animation See more »
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This short was played in theaters with the feature film, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005). See more »

Goofs

A penguin uses binoculars rotated at a 90 degree angle, but the shot of the view through them is composed as if they were being used normally (horizontally level). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Private: He looks so sad.
Skipper: Rico, I want that tree up to muster.
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Crazy Credits

Animated versions of the Sonic Eagle logo and the Mail Collection Box are used with the permission of the United Stated [sic] Postal Service. New York City Police Department name, logos and insignia are trademarks of the city of New York and are used with the City's permission. See more »

Connections

References Midnight Cowboy (1969) See more »

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Jingle Bells
Written by James Pierpont (uncredited)
Performed by Brave Combo
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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Amusing but the Christmas theme was a mistake
23 October 2005 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

I'm not sure why this film was tagged onto the Halloween release of Wallace & Gromit but it was a nice addition for the most part. I could have done with sharper comedy but for the majority I was laughing and enjoying the antics of the penguins who were (I'm told) one of the few good things about Madagascar. The plot sees one penguin go out to buy a present, only to end up taken home as a present by an old woman while the others rally to rescue him. It is a simple affair but was apparently bewildering to some of the adults (yes, not kids) around me in the cinema. One woman without kids saw some kids asking their mum where W&G was, so she got up, had a very loud conversation with them about it, then got up to go and complain to UGC staff that the wrong film was on (stopping on the way to inform some other parents that she would sort it out). Back again she informed everyone around her that it was a short film on before the feature – a practice she apparently had never heard and couldn't see the point of (meanwhile I struggled to just stay out of it).

This may have distracted me somewhat but more distracting was the fact that this film was seeped in festive cheer at the start and end – not something I really want in October thanks all the same. This produced a typically American bit of smaltz at different points and I didn't see why they had set it at Christmas instead of just giving the penguins an adventure anyway. This was a bit annoying but for the most part the funny penguins carry it and make it good fun. Amusing regardless whether or not you've seen Madagascar, this is an enjoyable short film despite the Christmas theme basically taking the edges off it somewhat.


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