You know, those Penguins in the Madagascar movies are the only characters that have not worn out their welcome. Someone should make a movie about them….. And boom, we have it. Now as the idea of the Penguins of Madagascar came out I thought “Oh come on now, do we really need this? This is nothing more than a cash grab!” But then something happened, a trailer came out, and I became very excited! Did you see that thing? It looked so cool! So my enthusiasm skyrocketed! And so this Thanksgiving, I decided, after both my Cowboys and Longhorns had let me down, I needed something up beat, something fun. Time for the Penguins!
The Penguins of Madagascar tells the story of Madagascar’s break out characters, penguins Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, and Private, as they set out on their own spy thriller adventure. In the continuity the film takes place after Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, and has near nothing in common with the television series despite the characters and name. It is directed by Simon J. Smith and Eric Darnell, and stars the voices of Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Conrad Vernon, Christopher Knights, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich, and Ken Jong.
Unfortunately this was not the film I was looking for. It had a lot of cute moments, and it was ok, and if you have kids they are going to love it that’s for sure. While the original film series did a good job of incorporating these characters I think the stick gets a little old when they are thrust in their own hour and a half film. The show worked well because it it’s only 23 minutes or so, you get a good little run with the Penguins, however in an hour and half they run a little tired.
The story basically follows Private in his attempt to prove his worth all in while an Octopus from the Penguins past attempts to extract his revenge on the penguins for a lifetime of pain they once caused him. It plays out like a long version of an episode of the show. I chuckled a little throughout the film, nothing that really had me rolling or that I’d be quoting this film whatsoever. I honestly even almost fell asleep one or two times. The characters are fine, including the newbies, but that’s it, they are just fine. There is nothing memorable about it. I think they have just taken this too far.
All that said, that is not to say that it is not a cute film. Going with a Jeebus Score of 3.4 Check out the Matinee, but that said only do so if you have kids or a nephew or niece that wants to see it, because they will get a big kick out of it.