Penguins of Madagascar

November 26, 2014

Kowalski (Chris Miller), Skipper (Tom McGrath), Rico (Conrad Vernon), and Private (Christopher Knights) in the PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR.

Directed by: Eric Darnell and Simon J. Smith

Written by: John Aboud (Screenplay), Michael Colton (Screenplay), Brandon Sawyer (Screenplay), Eric Darnell (Characters), Tom McGrath (Characters),

Cast: Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights, Conrad Vernon, John Malkovich, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Jeong, Annet Mahendru, Peter Stormare, Werner Herzog

Rating: PG (for mild action and some rude humor)

Running Time: 92 minutes

The PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR, a spin-off of the popular MADAGASCAR franchise, is a mixture of 1960s/70s “Get Smart” and the animated penguin, Tennessee Tuxedo. The first two-thirds of the film is raucous, clever, funny, and definitely adorable. The use of Werner Herzog at the film’s onset as a documentarian in Antarctica will leave cinephiles laughing. The film’s witty banter (almost expected in animated films today) is used to its fullest with such repeated celebrity jokes as “Drew, Barry, more!” By the end, however, the film divulges into a frenetic pace that loses some of its appeal that it built up. That said, this is a good film for families this Thanksgiving holiday.

Grade: B+

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