Title: Penguins of Madagascar Director: Eric Darnell, Simon J. Smith Year: 2014 Run time: 1hr 32m
“From the creators of Madagascar comes the funniest new movie of the year that proves global espionage is for the birds! In Dreamworks’ Penguins of Madagascar, an elite team of super spies - Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private - must join forces with Agent Classified and his undercover North Wind team in order to save the world from the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine!”
1:22 - “Not just any life… penguins.” 2:38 - Always a documentary crew following penguins somewhere. 7:10 - Seven minutes in, already hysterical. 9:35 - Crossing the black and white stripes is genius. 12:16 - Love Venice if only for the Tomb Raider memories. 15:07 - “…frequent contributor to NPR pledge drives.” 18:55 - “Nicholas, cage them.” 19:29 - Loving the pink/purple submarine. 28:06 - Technical problems on the old villain feed. 30:15 - Penguins in jet packs. 35:59 - I’m not sure you’d blend in doing Riverdance in Dublin either. 44:30 - You can sort of see why North Wind are annoyed with them! Somebody really broke that. 50:22 - “If you won’t work with us, you’d better work for us.” 52:49 - Benedict is ace in this. 56;30 - Bundesliga reference. 58:21 - Mutant penguins is an intriguing concept. 1:01:35 - “Copmliment, praise, etc.” 1:07:13 - Argy-bargy! 1:11:12 - Awwww. 1:19:54 - Osteoporosis. So random. 1:20:39 - “Jet packs are awesome!”
I’ve not seen any of the Madagascar films but this penguins special had to be consumed. The trailers looked awesome and anyone who’s anyone knows that penguins are fabulous. It was your traditional children’s film - fast-paced and frantic, where you can’t even take a minute because you’ll miss a joke or a reference somewhere.
But it was brilliant. Playing on the fact that penguins are considered cute right from the very start, it grabs you and takes you all the way from the frozen ice caps to the heart of Venice. The North Wind are great, and my favourite bit (also in the trailer) with the penguin interrupting with cheetos, well I’m still laughing about it now. There’s also the great film actor references (Halle, bury them) which keep you on your toes.
If you like penguins (and why wouldn’t you?) you’ll love it, even if you’ve never seen a hint of Madagascar before.