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Penguins of Madagascar (2014)

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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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Michael Colton (screenplay by), John Aboud (screenplay by) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom McGrath ... Skipper (voice)
Chris Miller ... Kowalski (voice)
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 ... Pilot / Aquarium Employee (voice)
Kelly Cooney Kelly Cooney ... Mermaid Penguin (voice)
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Storyline

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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When the world needs saving, heroes become legends. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian | Mandarin

Release Date:

26 November 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Penguins of Madagascar See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$132,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,447,444, 28 November 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$83,348,920, 3 May 2015

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$373,543,611, 30 April 2015
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The coordinates shown in the North Wind's binoculars when on Dave's secret island are in the middle of the Philippine Sea (21.5526 N, 131.2627 E). See more »

Goofs

In Dave's back story, the zoo octopuses need to be in ocean water as in real life. No explanation is given for why the octopuses in the main story can breathe air and live on dry land, which should be an important plot point. See more »

Quotes

Dave: The only thing that has kept me going all these years is my BURNING thirst for revenge...
[Skipper and Kowalski are confused]
Dave: ...and my precious souvenir snow globe collection.
[sees Rico swallowing all of his snow globes]
Dave: [groans] What is WRONG with you?
Rico: [mumbles] I dunno.
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Crazy Credits

As a reference to a running gag in the film, Dave is initially identified as "Debbie" in the closing credits. See more »

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References Back to the Future (1985) See more »

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Foggy Mountain Breakdown
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"Penguins" is full of witty humor, but a weak third act deflates what could have been a great movie
26 November 2014 | by attackofthespaceturtlesSee all my reviews

When I first heard about this movie, I was thankful that Dreamworks chose to go this route instead of just giving us a Madagascar 4 (though at this point I won't be surprised if we see one sometime down the road) and rehashing what we have already seen for three movies. The Penguins offer a lot of potential. Unfortunately, while Penguins of Madagascar finally escapes the rehashed feeling of the Madagascar films with something new, it still proves to be underwhelming.

As the title suggest, the movie focuses on the four penguins from the Madagascar films, though it isn't necessary to have seen the other movies to understand this one. When the four penguins have a run-in with a new villain, Dave, they are forced to team up with another group of animal secret agents to stop Dave's evil plan.

It's a pretty straightforward plot up until the last bit (which I will talk about later). The film starts out fantastic. After a bit of back story the viewer is thrown straight into the action and it keeps up a nice fast pace. It is extremely entertaining to watch the action scenes unfold and the humor is top-notch. There are a lot of very clever jokes and a second viewing is probably required to catch everything. The voice acting is also top notch and I appreciate that they did not feel the need to rely on celebrities like many Dreamworks films do (the only big name was Benedict Cumberbatch, who also did a great job). For the first part of the film I was very entertained and began to think that this movie had surpassed my expectations.

But then, just like a balloon deflating, all of the fun, humor, and energy got sucked out in the third act. The energy was replaced by clichés and the clever humor from earlier was replaced with just downright weird jokes that didn't make any sense to me. For the last fifteen to twenty minutes the film just seems to drag, and by the time it was over all of the fun and excitement I had been feeling earlier was replaced by a "Eh, it was OK." I am quite disappointed that the writers could not keep up the fun feeling from the first half or give us something truly new.

While I appreciate Dreamworks trying to give us something a little different from the previous Madagascar films, this one just fell flat by the end. The kids will probably enjoy it and parents will have a few laughs at some of the jokes from the beginning of the film, but it lacks the creativity or emotion to leave an impact the way How to Train Your Dragon 2 did.


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