Cert: PG Runtime: 92 mins Director: Eric Darnell & Simon J.Smith Cast: Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights, Conrad Vernon, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Jeong, Werner Herzog and John Malkovich
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The Madagascar franchise is a guilty pleasure of mine, mainly our penguin foursome. They all ready have their own TV show now they have their own movie. Since it’s been the holiday break it was evident that I would watch some animated movies. So what is Penguins of Madagascar about? Meet Skipper (Tom McGrath), Kowalski (Chris Miller), Private (Christopher Knights) and Rico (John DiMaggio). You may know them as the lovable penguin breakout stars of those hit ‘Madagascar’ movies. But the flightless quartet lead double lives as secret agents! Now an old foe has re-emerged. Dave the octopus (John Malkovich) always hated penguins for being cuter than himself. Posing as boffin Dr. Octavius Brine, he’s vowed to take revenge on them and everyone else from his lair in Venice! Luckily, our heroes have some new allies. They’ve joined forces with North Wind, an elite undercover inter-species task force led by a very serious wolf named Classified (Benedict Cumberbatch).
If you have seen the Madagascar franchise then you are already familiar with each of their quirks and personalities, and in this movie you just get more of it. But never do those quirks become too much to handle, I was constantly smiling at their innocent and cute shenanigans throughout the 90mins. That brings me to my next point, the movie was the perfect length. Let’s be honest here, a villain that wants to destroy cuteness… that’s a very superficial and silly idea. If they had gone extra in depth the run-time would be longer than it needed to be, making the audience spell the Z’s. As for the comedy, I was never dying from laughter but there were plenty of witty hidden jokes that I didn’t expect. I’m sure there were parents who laughed and got strange looks from their confused 5-year olds. Not too worry though, those 5-year olds did get their fair share of slapstick comedy that luckily for us adults had only one fart joke.The main problem the movie has is that it’s a very safe animated comedy, so lot of it is predictable. Apart from being a spy movie, it’s not all that unique because we know the penguins already from the franchise. The new characters didn’t really add much either because of their limited screen time. To sum up, kids will love it, adults will like it.