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.


Michael Colton (screenplay by), John Aboud (screenplay by) | 5 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom McGrath ... Skipper (voice)
Chris Miller ... Kowalski (voice)
Christopher Knights Christopher Knights ... Private (voice)
Conrad Vernon ... Rico (voice)
John Malkovich ... Dave (voice)
Benedict Cumberbatch ... Classified (voice)
Ken Jeong ... Short Fuse (voice)
Annet Mahendru ... Eva (voice)
Peter Stormare ... Corporal (voice)
Andy Richter ... Mort (voice)
Danny Jacobs ... King Julien (voice)
Sean Charmatz Sean Charmatz ... Cricket (voice)
Werner Herzog ... Documentary Filmmaker (voice)
Stephen Kearin Stephen Kearin ... Pilot / Aquarium Employee (voice)
Kelly Cooney Kelly Cooney ... Mermaid 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 Eurasian wolf 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 Anonymous

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The movie event that will blow their cover See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


When Kowalski says "Nope, I still can't read", it's a reference to the first Madagascar (2005) where he says "Sorry skipper, I can't read" when the sign says the ship is going to Africa. See more »


At many points in the film the penguins change positions when the camera angle changes. See more »


[as Dave prepares to use his ray on Private]
Kowalski: You're the monster!
Dave: [angrily] Yes! I'm the monster. Everyone made that clear to me every day in my entire life. But now, let's see how much everyone loves YOU when YOU'RE the monster!
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Crazy Credits

When the film begins, a glacier calves (breaks off ice) to reveal the Dreamworks Animation logo, the logo portion then calves again to replace the boy holding the fishing pole with the four penguins standing on each others' shoulders. See more »


Spin-off Penguins of Madagascar: Dibble Dash (2014) See more »


Written by J.Y. Park (as Jin Young Park) and Woo S. Rhee
Performed by Wonder Girls
Courtesy of JYP Entertainment Corporation
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User Reviews

An attention deficit mess
6 January 2015 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film tells the story of four penguins saving their species from an evil octopus, who seeks revenge because the penguins got all the love from zoo visitors.

"Penguins of Madagascar" has a contrived plot, and yet watching it gives me the feeling of having attention deficit disorder. There is so much going on, every thing is very brief and the focus changes all the time. Yet, there is little important plot lying in all the chaotic action. There are a few one liner jokes that made me giggle, but there is nothing that makes me laugh out loud. The famous actor sound alike sentences is funny the first time round, but it gets tiresome quickly. I was bored and disappointed by it.

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Release Date:

26 November 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Penguins of Madagascar See more »


Box Office


$132,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,447,444, 30 November 2014

Gross USA:


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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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