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Penguins of Madagascar

  • Film
  • 3 out of 5 stars
Los pingüinos de Madagascar
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

There’s a brilliant gag at the start of this penguin-filled spin-off of the ‘Madagascar’ cartoon franchise. The instantly recognisable voice of German director Werner Herzog narrates David Attenborough-style as a colony of adorable penguins migrates across the snowy wastes of Antarctica. Herzog giggles like a blushing schoolgirl as the penguins fall on their ‘chubby bum-bums’ – a very funny pisstake of the savage vision of nature in his own Antarctica doc ‘Encounters at the End of the World’.

Film-loving parents, that’s your one lol. Everything else in this caper for kids is decent enough, as a SWAT team of penguins – Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, and Private – take on an octopus called Dave. He’s concocted a mwah-ha-ha plan to steal all the penguins in the world. Benedict Cumberbatch is the voice of a hoity-toity secret-agent wolf, Classified. The film is frantic and silly and our biggest gripe is that all the penguins look the same.

Written by Cath Clarke

Release Details

  • Release date:Friday 5 December 2014

Cast and crew

  • Director:Eric Darnell, Simon J. Smith
  • Screenwriter:John Aboud, Michael Colton
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