Penguins of Madagascar

Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights, Conrad Vernon
Directed by Eric Darnell, Simon J. Smith
Rating: B

These devious penguins who are always trying to fly away from Madagascar get their own movie!

Penguins of Madagascar follows in the same vein of the Toy Story movies but switch the toys for animals. In Penguins, everyone loves these little creatures and crowd around to watch the penguin show, ignoring the once entertaining octopus. Jealous and bitter after being moved around from zoo to zoo because his popularity had died down due to a new penguin exhibit, Dr. Octavius Brine takes his revenge out on penguins world-wide.

For spin-off movies, Penguins turned out to be a fun, family movie. It begins telling the story of the four penguins, Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, and Private, and how they ended up in Madagascar. These clever penguins outwit Dr. Brine by learning along the way not to underestimate each other. Private is the newbie to the group and most often unappreciated for his ideas, but when the other penguins are in danger, he is the one to lead the way to safety.

At the heart of it, Penguins of Madagascar is about appreciating friendships. Dr. Octavius Brine might have gotten away with his evil plan if it wasn’t for one penguin and his moment of glory. There’s not many slow parts which makes Penguins a fun movie to watch and little things that make adults chuckle alongside kids.


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