Penguins of Madagascar

Release Date: November 26th, 2014

PG |1 hr 32 min

Plot Summary

Plucky penguins Skipper (Tom McGrath), Kowalski (Chris Miller), Rico (Conrad Vernon) and Private (Christopher Knights) -- the most elite spies ever hatched -- join forces with a chic undercover organization known as the North Wind. Led by highly trained, handsome and arrogant Agent Classified (Benedict Cumberbatch), this special inter-species task force must stop a many-tentacled villain, Dr. Octavius Brine (John Malkovich), from destroying the world.

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

Director: Eric Darnell , Simon J. Smith

Genres: Children , Adventure , Comedy , Animated

Production Co: PDI, DreamWorks Animation

Distributors: 20th Century Fox

Keywords: Amusing, 2010s, Cheeky, Pursuit

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Michael RechtshaffenThe Hollywood Reporter

    While there are plenty of madcap antics to fill a feature, all that manic energy ultimately proves to be more exhausting than exhilarating. show more

  • 30
    Inkoo KangTheWrap

    The unfunny, unmoving, and uninspired Penguins never persuades us of its need to exist. Sure, there's a muddled lesson at the end, as tacked on as a Post-It on a piece of week-old cake. show more

  • 30
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    The story line, a sequence of very loosely connected events, sustains a state of almost pure brainlessness with its indifference to dramatic development and the dictates of logic, even the fantasy logic of cartoons. It’s as if most of the script had been generated by algorithms. show more

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