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REEL DEAL: Benedict Cumberbatch Leads North Wind - “PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR’S” Latest Allies

What are the odds when the world’s elitest of spies join forces with the earth’s chicest undercover organization in the all-adventure family movie “Penguins of Madagascar.”

The most hilarious covert birds in the global espionage biz: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private.  These elitest of the elites are joining forces with a chic undercover organization, The North Wind.  Led by handsome and husky Agent Classified voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch.  Together, they must stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine, voiced by John Malkovich, from destroying the world as we know it.

REEL DEAL: Penguins of Madagascar REVIEW

I believe it is about time that the Penguins of Madagascar finally got their own movie with Dreamworks. And after 3 movies of the Madagascar franchise, they finally got to have their own film. Although they also have a TV series of the same title, the feel and timeline for this is definitely much more demanded by fans as they have their own brand of comedy and charm for the viewers.

Set after Madagascar 3 Europe's Most Wanted, the Penguins go into a different direction to explore their own adventure. Being an elite team of Penguins from Antarctica, Rico, Private, Kowalski and Skipper have proven themselves as a very effective group that can face any danger that comes their way.


Get ready for a thrilling rollercoaster ride with the world-renowned spy penguins – Skipper, Rico, Kowalski and Private in “Penguins of Madagascar.”  The Penguins’ transition from beloved supporting characters in “Madagascar” to headlining their own big screen epic was a no-brainer, thanks to their memorable traits.

“What drives the Penguins in all the films are their distinct and strong personalities,” says director Eric Darnell.   Adds director Simon J. Smith: “They’re like a band of brothers who above all value their friendship, moral code and love for one another.”   Most importantly, the Penguins really bring the funny.  “The most exciting thing about the project was to experience the story’s and characters’ humor,” says producer Mark Swift.  “They’re so appealing because they are so hilarious.”

There’s Skipper, voiced by Tom McGrath, who created the characters for the blockbuster animated feature “Madagascar,” which he helmed, along with Darnell. McGrath’s Skipper is the team’s fearless leader and keeper of the Penguin code.  He demands loyalty, obedience and order from his regimented flock, and asks nothing of his men that he wouldn’t do himself.  His right-flipper man, Kowalski, voiced by DreamWorks animator Chris Miller, is the brains of the operation, and the go-to guy when the Penguins need a quick, life-saving fix. 

The third member of the team, Rico, is “voiced” by DreamWorks Animation artist and Madagascar 3 director Conrad Vernon.  Rico lives to blow things up.  When he’s kept on a tight leash, Rico is an effective weapon, but left to his own devices is a loose cannon.  Finally, there’s Private, voiced by DreamWorks Animation editor Christopher Knights; although he is the runt of the team, Private has the biggest heart of them all.  Private is always up for new challenges, but because the group still sees him as the “baby,” he’s often sidelined during their missions.

Each of the Penguins makes a memorable impression, and collectively, they’re a force to be reckoned with. “The sum of the Penguins is greater than the parts,” says Darnell.  “The guys work incredibly well as a group – far better than they would as individuals.  They’re like four parts of a complete brain: You’ve got Skipper’s leadership, Private’s heart, Kowalski’s smarts, and Rico’s courage.  So the four of them make this whole, and that makes them a lot of fun.”

In fact, the Penguins are very much in the tradition of great movie teams, notes McGrath, like The A-Team, The Dirty Dozen, “Star Trek’s” Kirk and Spock, and even The Marx Brothers.  “They’re these huge personalities in a tiny package,” he says.  “And like many great screen teams, the Penguins are taken out of their comfort zone.  They embark on a globetrotting adventure, where they meet characters who really make the Penguins step up their game.”

Their inextricable bonds and unforgettable antics are on full display when we discover the origins of the Penguins in the film’s opening sequences, set in Antarctica’s icy wasteland.  Right off the bat, we’re aware that these are not your typical penguins.  Skipper, Kowalski and Rico are marching to the beat of a different drummer, avoiding the documentary-film tropes of penguins waddling across the icy tundra and triggering audience exclamations of “aren’t they cute!” 

A DreamWorks Animation feature presentation, “Penguins of Madagascar” opens November 26 in 2D, 3D and IMAx format from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.


Just released - Pitbull’s  brand new fun song “Celebrate” that will be featured on the “Penguins of Madagascar” soundtrack.  The 3D CG feature comedy follows in the tradition of the three Madagascar movies - which have earned close to two billion dollars since their debut in 2005 - and tracks the origins of the enormously popular Polar foursome, Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private.

Check out the music video here where the Penguins sing and dance with Pitbull -
 A DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox film - “Penguins of Madagascar” (3D) opens November 26 in cinemas nationwide to be distributed by Warner Bros. (in Phils.).


Dreamworks Animation’s “PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR” (3D) star in their own feature film, a spin-off to the studio’s enormously successful “Madagascar” series which have earned close to two billions dollars since their debut in 2005 - and further explores the back story of the  popular Polar foursome penguins, Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private (respectively voiced by Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, John DiMaggio and Christopher Knights)

In the movie that will finally blow the spy quartet’s cover, the penguins will face-off with an eccentric genius and brilliant creature from their past known as Dr. Octavius Brine or Dave (voiced by John Malkovich).  Step back in time...only to move fast forward and discover how they came to be the world’s fearless agents in the world of espionage.  They soon join forces with an elite spy group known as the North Wind led by a panache of a wolf known as Agent Classified (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) to stop Dave from his evil plans.  

REEL DEAL: "PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR" Full Length Trailer Reveal - Spies On The Hatch!

Dreamworks Animation reveals the latest full length trailer of "Penguins of Madagascar" where we get to see our favorite penguins as toddlers and follow them through as they grow up to become the world's most reliable yet hilarious spy quartet.

"Penguins of Madagascar" is a spin-off from the blockbuster "Madagascar" franchise where the scene-stealing penguins started out composed of Skipper, Rico, Private and Kowalski who are now stars of their own self-titled movie.


DreamWorks Animation's "The Penguins of Madagascar" trailer is here :

This latest animated espionage caper is directed by Simon J. Smith and Eric Darnell, the comedy stars the outrageous quartet elite commandos with unparalleled fighting skills from the Madagascar movies - Skipper (voiced by executive producer Tom McGrath), Kowalski (Chris Miller), Rico (John DiMaggio) and Private (Christopher Knights).