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Penguins of Madagascar (2014)

aka Penguins of Madagascar

Details: 92 mins · English

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Entertaining voice talent and a variety of humor.

Since it's a spinoff of a popular animated franchise, you wouldn't expect The Penguins of Madagascar to be particularly good. Luckily the film subverts your expectations with a brisk globetrotting adventure that's hilarious and fun to watch. The movie boasts an entertaining arsenal of voice talent including Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Jeong, Peter Stormare, Andy Richter, and the maniacal John Malkovich, who plays the picture's villain. It also has a variety of humor that appeals to all ages, from sight gags to one-liners, puns, and slapstick. The Penguins of Madagascar won't win any awards for originality and its messages about loyalty and being true to yourself are obvious, but at least its fast-paced narrative doesn't overstay its welcome.

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Love these pengwings

I was wary of this after not liking any of the Madagascar movies, but good word of mouth led me to take my kids to it. They laughed a ton, and I loved just how dang smart this movie was. It takes a standard Evil Villain Schemes to Take Revenge plot and takes off running, with a fun octopus villain voiced by John Malkovich. The penguins' personalities are much better differentiated than in previous movies, and the movie makes you care (or at least take interest) in them.

The jokes come fast and furious and clever (a running gag riffing on celebrity names was consistently funny), and the action scenes are great (the Venice Chase scene stands out as one of my favorite action sequences of the year, actually). Fun is had by all. Recommended.

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Non-stop laughter.

I seriously did not expect the movie to be this funny. You don't need to have seen the rest of the Madagascar series to enjoy it. Here's to the power of cuteness.

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Cast:

Small Skipper
Small Kowalski
No_movie_poster Rico
Small Private
Small Dave
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Crew:

No_movie_poster Simon J. Smith Directing
No_movie_poster Eric Darnell Directing
No_movie_poster Lara Breay Production
No_movie_poster Tripp Hudson Production
No_movie_poster John Aboud Writing
No_movie_poster Michael Colton Writing
No_movie_poster Eric Darnell Writing
Small Tom McGrath Writing
No_movie_poster Eric Darnell Story Contributor

Plot:

The evil octopus Dave vows revenge on the world's penguins for being more popular than him at every zoo he's been shipped to. It's up to Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, and Private to stop him, with a little help from the North Wind, a secret team of animal operatives.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 2015-03-27 : United Kingdom

Theatrical : 2015-03-27 : Republic of Ireland

Theatrical : 2014-11-26 : United States of America

Theatrical : 2015-04-02 : Netherlands

Theatrical : 2014-11-14 : China