Penguins Of Madagascar

2014

Penguins Of Madagascar

Critics 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.

73%

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Total Count: 111

63%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 65,196
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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 destroying the world as we know it. (c) Fox

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Cast

Tom McGrath
as Skipper
Chris Miller
as Kowalski
John Malkovich
as Dr. Octavius Brine
Benedict Cumberbatch
as Agent Classified
Ken Jeong
as Short Fuse
Danny Jacobs
as King Julien
Werner Herzog
as Documentary Filmmaker
Stephen Kearin
as Pilot / Aquarium Employee
Kelly Cooney
as Mermain Penguin
Susan Fitzer
as Antarctic Penguin
Chris Sanders
as Antarctic Penguin
Emily Nordwind
as Antarctic Penguin
Mike Mitchell
as Antarctic Penguin
Hope Levy
as Antarctic Penguin/Woman at Aquarium
Walt Dohrn
as Antarctic Penguin
Jim Pirri
as Gondolier
Elizabeth Pan
as Shanghai TV Reporter
Jeff Fischer
as Security System Voice
Steve Apostolina
as Penguin Prisoner
Al Rodrigo
as Penguin Fan
Steve Alterman
as Aquarium Announcer
Ava Acres
as Girl at Zoo
Cullen McCarthy
as Boy at Zoo
Nicholas Guest
as Flight Attendant
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  • Sep 06, 2015
    Resistance is futile.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 18, 2015
    At the very least, unlike the upcoming Minions movie, this is a spin-off that, while not truly necessary, these are actual characters and not just insufferable and gimmicky side characters who speak in a nonsensical language. I think people who love the Minions are gonna be in for a rude awakening. Or maybe they're not. Maybe they'll love 90 minutes of insufferable, incessant and incoherent babbling. Perhaps the only thing holding this back, in my view, is that it really feels an extension of the TV series as opposed to a full-on, standalone film. Nickelodeon, where this series airs, with some of their previous animated series, sometimes did a special one-hour episode that was treated like a TV movie. Well that's what this feels like except, obviously, it was released in theaters. This movie doesn't pretend to be anything it's not. It has no real grand ambitions of being considered among the best that animated films has to offer. It's something that is to be quick and easily digested for families. And while I wouldn't call it good, I think it accomplishes its purpose for the most part. This movie isn't meant for me, but I can see those it is meant for enjoying it tremendously. It's not without its moments, of course, as the film is over so quick that you don't really have enough time to overthink about what is going on here. There are a lot of visual gags and slapstick, as the penguins are wont to do, but none of them really stick past a chuckle or two. The "narrative" is a fairly simple one. Villain, an octopus, is jealous of the penguins because they're cute and cuddly and get all the attention from people at the zoo so he decides to make all penguins into monsters to get people to hate them. There's literally not much to go on here honestly. There's also Private's "arc" of wanting to be taken seriously by the other penguins instead of being seen as a goofy mascot. Leads to some cute stuff, I guess. The animation is decent. While there were some truly nice scenes there was nothing in this movie that really stood out as far as incredible animation. It just felt like your B-level type of animation. Where it's clearly good and a lot of work was put into it but not enough to make you marvel at the talent of all the artists involved in making the film. The voice acting is pretty good. Benedict Cumberbatch is good in his role but there's no one here, outside of the penguins themselves, that really stands out as a character. The entire North Wind is poorly handled as characters. There's no thought behind them beside the fact that it's what the story calls for in order to movie it all forward. The film is certainly inoffensive to watch and it's not bad by any means. It's just a TV movie released in movie theaters. Some laughs are simply not enough to cover up for this film's flaws. I suppose it could've been much worse than it ended up being and that is a blessing in disguise and it does a good job at not overexposing the penguins enough that they can't easily go back to Madagascar 4, if there will be a fourth film, and go back to playing the supporting/comedic relief role. Average film that the kids will love. Maybe not everyone else.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Mar 21, 2015
    [b][i]Penguins of Madagascar (2014)[/i][/b] 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.
    Phil H Super Reviewer
  • Mar 04, 2015
    I was not expecting much from this Madagascar spinoff because I did not think these characters were that funny to begin with. Not expecting much it turns out that this was rather funny and very enjoyable so, as the films plot tells you, it isn't all about how something looks it is what it does that counts.
    Ian W Super Reviewer

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