Penguins Of Madagascar (2014)

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Critic Consensus: Penguins of Madagascar is fast and brightly colored enough to entertain small children, but too frantically silly to offer real filmgoing fun for the whole family.


Movie Info

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), voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch. Together, they must stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine, voiced by John Malkovich, from … More

Rating: PG (for mild action and some rude humor)
Genre: Animation
Directed By: , , ,
Written By: Alan Schoolcraft, Michael Colton, Brandon Sawyer, Brent Simons, John Aboud
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 17, 2015
Box Office: $83.3M
Runtime:
DreamWorks Animation - Official Site

Cast


as Skipper

as Kowalski

as Dr. Octavius Brine

as Agent Classified

as Short Fuse

as King Julien

as Documentary Filmmake...

as Pilot / Aquarium Emp...

as Mermain Penguin

as Antarctic Penguin

as Antarctic Penguin

as Antarctic Penguin

as Antarctic Penguin

as Antarctic Penguin/Wo...

as Antarctic Penguin

as Gondolier

as Shanghai TV Reporter

as Security System Voic...

as Penguin Prisoner

as Penguin Fan

as Aquarium Announcer

as Girl at Zoo

as Boy at Zoo

as Flight Attendant
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Critic Reviews for Penguins Of Madagascar

All Critics (98) | Top Critics (32)

An animated film should entertain kids, while at the same time, appeal to adults. Frequently, adults are left out of the equation. And, sometimes the action is so frenetic, that only anklebiters get anything out of it. Such is the case with POM.

Full Review… | March 30, 2015
Movie Chambers

Stamped out by the Hollywood animation cookie cutter, the film will no doubt please kids but, one dares suggest, adults might find the film's non-stop movement and noise somewhat tiring this time around.

Full Review… | January 16, 2015

Penguins of Madagascar is so verbally dexterous - and the animation by contrast little more than bright and familiar - that this could well be an adult spoof hiding out in a flick supposedly made for primary school students.

Full Review… | January 8, 2015
The Age (Australia)

Very young children will find it hard to resist if they haven't seen too much of the Penguins posse until now.

Full Review… | January 7, 2015
Herald Sun (Australia)

The jokes are never-ending and multilayered, calculated so that adults do not get bored -- which is important, because they buy the tickets. It's all bolted together with precision and good humour, although not much whimsy.

Full Review… | January 7, 2015
Sydney Morning Herald

Children will probably enjoy them and the animation is of a high standard. More wit and less frenetic action might have given the film more appeal to parents.

Full Review… | January 7, 2015
The Australian

Audience Reviews for Penguins Of Madagascar

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A fourth sequel in the Madagascar franchise technically but as you can see its a spin-off about those quirky penguins. I guess this was a logical move because lets be honest the main characters in that franchise were a bit annoying and had been milked pretty good. Using these little guys for an all out comedic adventure makes sense yet at the same time it does feel like a desperate move to me. Oddly enough this movie is apparently unrelated to the kids TV series of the same name, and that series was also unrelated to the movie franchise also, kinda makes me ask why and how!

There aren't too many directions this kids movie could of taken in all honesty. The main four characters are a sneaky highly organised team of espionage types...in a cute n funny way...so naturally this means another Bond-esque espionage type adventure (ugh!). Yes that's right, we haven't quite had enough of that genre so hey lets do it some more with penguins, hey how unoriginal could it possibly be??

So there's this octopus right, and he's been the centre of attention in his home zoo for a long time, that is until the penguins turn up and steal his thunder. All of a sudden everybody loves the penguins and Dave the octopus (yes that's right Dave) is kicked to the curb. He is sent off to other zoos where the same thing happens over and over. Eventually Dave gets fed up with this and decides he wants revenge on all penguin kind (in the zoos), so he disguises himself as a human (yes that's right) and sets to work on a secret formula that turns all penguins into green mutant zombie penguins. Only the main four hero penguins can stop him...with a little help from another highly organised team of animal espionage operatives that include a grey wolf, a snowy owl, a polar bear and a harp seal.

Yeah OK this is a kids movie and its complete fluff sure, but this plot is so utterly inane its...um laughable. Since when would an octopus be a zoos main attraction, and you're telling me all these zoos didn't have penguins for such long periods, one of the most common animals in a zoo along with elephants. The octopus is called Dave...Dave!! he disguises himself as a human and has an army of little octopi henchmen...really. What exactly is the point of his plan? to make all penguins ugly mutants and...? then maybe he'll be the centre of attention again...until another creature comes along and steals his thunder. Did there really need to be another group of animal spies? Because now you have the highly generic cliched idea of the penguins being the inefficient clumsy team that get by on pure luck alongside the really slick cool team that are a very professional no nonsense operation with real skills. Its a standard 101 comedy plot concept people! couldn't you stretch any further than that?!

Yes I know I'm being all kinds of a bad sport by ripping into this children's movie but it just bugs me. They churn out these cookie cutter animation flicks with little care or concern to actual quality, they literately seem to think that using an A-list cast of stars for the voices will somehow make things all better. Yes eggs Benedict Cumberland pie is in this because its the trendy thing to do right now, cast him in everything, who cares. What's that you say...John Malkovich is voicing the octopus villain Dave...well gee that makes all the difference doesn't it.

Everything about this movie is utterly bog standard with little to no imagination involved whatsoever. Yet another espionage parody with the same damn characters over and over, the same adventure, the same gadgets, the same thrills and spills, yet another hip hop music track over the end credits (facepalm!), the same everything!!! Its like they just thought to use the slightly more popular characters from the Madagascar franchise and try to milk them dry with their own franchise that's actually pretty much the same shit as the Madagascar films...oh wait, that's exactly what they've done. I admit the only thing that is remotely enjoyable here are the four penguins and their slapstick tomfoolery, albeit only two of them are actually any good. Tom McGrath as the leader Skipper is easily the best thing here with his Zapp Brannigan-like voice whilst the brains of team Kowalski comes in second.

Its all about on par with the other Madagascar movies and its annoying menagerie of characters, and just as daft. I have moaned about silly things yes and I know the movie is completely off the wall and isn't suppose to make a lick of sense, but I think that route can really be a mistake at times. I find it much funnier when you take a fantasy concept like this and merge it within grounded reality like 'Toy Story' so there are actual realistic laws to abide by. When its just a free fall of silliness it doesn't always work, some originality helps too of course. The bright colourful visuals will keep kids entertained I'm sure but the frantic lunacy and horribly overused cliched ideas will bore most adults I think, and no Benedict Cumberbatch doesn't make this any better.

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Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

½

A very amusing spin-off centered on the very most adorable characters of the Madagascar franchise - which, combined with a well-written plot, hilarious puns, a stunning Pixar-level animation and even a hilarious Werner Herzog narration, makes for a much superior experience.

blacksheepboy
Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

½

Beginning before the events of "Madagascar," we quickly receive the backstory of the Penguins before swinging into full gear with the Penguins we know and love. Picking up right after the events of "Madagascar 3: Europes Most Wanted," the focus is the Penguins while the old cast of animals is pushed aside. I must say, that even with a stale plot, I haven't laughed that much at the movies in a very long time. From clever celebrity word play to hilarious slapstick humour, "The Penguins of Madagascar" is a blast that is almost better than the original trilogy of films. I also have a strong liking for Penguins so maybe that's just me. With clever and funny writing and some very fun action scenes, "The Penguins of Madagascar" (though without it's flaws and stale plot) is great fun!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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