Penguins of Madagascar
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They're cute...they're cuddly...they're back! From the creators of Madagascar comes the hilarious new movie that proves global espionage is for the birds! In DreamWorks' Penguins of Madagascar, your favorite super-spies—Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private—join forces with the elite North Wind team to save the world. It's a side-splitting, globe-trotting adventure the whole family will love!
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I was pleasantly surprised. The movie was silly, yes. Absurd, even. Unlike the Madagascar movies, which try to wedge in warm fuzzy moments that just don't work, this movie just lets its freak flag fly and goes for broke. As with any movie that does so, its rapid fire jokes are sure to have a few duds. Not even the original 'Airplane!' or 'Top Secret!' are completely dud-free (and they are the pinnacle of intentional absurdity, IMO), so that doesn't worry me. The question is, what's the hit:miss ratio? I'm happy to say it's very high.
I laughed a lot. A whole lot. A whole stinkin' lot.
I read some reviews on IMdB from some folks who must be really unhappy. They complained about the lack of "relevant" jokes, like corporate greed, the environment, global warming, what have you. All I can say, thank God the movie avoided those things like the plague. Message movies are rarely funny, except for the wrong reasons. Like message books, they tend to collapse under their own weight (and I say this about the movies and books that have messages I actually agree with -- the main reason I think most "Christian" movies and books stink -- but I digress).
So, if you're looking for a movie with some political message PRESENTED BY TALKING PENGUINS, you're sure to be disappointed.
If you're looking for a movie that is silly and entertaining with a lot of laughs, try it. You might like it.
First, it was my daughter's favorite movie. Then my son began liking it, and he requested it so much, she said he ruined it for her, and now she won't watch it, but he still loves it. I think he loves it because of Rico, really. My son is non-verbal, he is starting to do a little bit of word approximations, but not very much. And I think he really loves that there is a movie character that has some similarities to him. And as a mama, I am always pleased to support a movie that embraces a character special needs kiddos can relate to.
Otherwise, there's a whole lot of cheese in this movie, and not just because of the "cheesy dibbles" that are so coveted by the penguins. I'm guessing the writers had a whole lot of fun with parts of it, especially finding ways to make actors names out of names plus commands that the villain calls out to his own team. And there was a whole lot of buried and not so buried political and social commentary one could take out of this one, so I think probably grown ups could manage to giggle their way through it as well.
I have to admit that the lushness of the drawing and animation plus the high production values probably also color my opinion.
Their villains are particularly and deliciously villainous as well.
The writing is brilliant; the acting is brilliant; the plots are almost always brilliant. Special mention to the crazy girl badger who latches onto other animals to the point of stalking, then loses her mind if you tell her "don't badger me" LoL. It's a small part; I never saw her again after that one episode, but it typifies the brilliance of each little gem in this series.
If you're having a bad day, watch an episode of Penguins; it'll do you a world of good
For me, it's always a treat to watch Penguins