What continues to feel like an animated UN public service announcement, the inevitable spin-off to â€œMadagascarâ€ keeps its vibrant journey moving around the world!
Like most successful franchises, when thereâ€™s an [it-factor] that sticks out, itâ€™ll be exploited to the max – and as long as thereâ€™s a following, cha-ching is an understatement. Weâ€™ve seen it time and time again. And truth be told, it wonâ€™t stop because Hollywood said so. The recent trailer to Universalâ€™s â€œMinion Movieâ€ made it clear, and this week we have a set of comedic, cojones-having penguins who left a mark not once, twice, but three times with â€œMadagascar.â€
In what generates their own story-line, super spy teams aren’t born, ladies, gentlemen, boys, and girls…they’re hatched! Discover the secrets of the greatest and most humorous covert birds in the global espionage biz: Skipper (Tom McGrath), Kowalski (Chris Miller), Rico (Conrad Vernon) and Private (Christopher Knights). These feathery, top-notch elitists are linking with a chic undercover organization, The North Wind. Led by handsome and husky Agent Classified (his name could be revealed, but then…you know), voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch. United, they must stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine, voiced by John Malkovich, from destroying the world as we know it.
With snarky, sarcastic antics and scenarios, â€œThe Penguins of Madagascarâ€ maintains the franchiseâ€™s unique style of animated fun, but not as touching to be honest. From opening scene, to final, â€œPenguinsâ€ can be labeled as one of the most entertaining animated films this year. As it embarks on challenges and creative approach within its core, the script provides a hip and jovial feeling with sprinkles of maturity during moments that call for it, covering enough for children and adults to simultaneously enjoy.
A bit fast-paced, but at the end of the day, who cares? Itâ€™s all in fun anyway. Will it reach a level of success as its origins will remain to be seen, but rest assured with the holiday weekend approaching, itâ€™ll be one of the fun-flicks cashing in for sure.
Grade: B / Genre: Animation, Comedy, Adventure / Rated: PG / Run Time: 1 Hr. 32 Min.
Starring (Voice talent): Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights, Conrad Vernon, John Malkovich, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Jeong
Directed by: Eric Darnell, Simon J. Smith