Penguins of Madagascar-y?

I was pretty excited going walking into the theater to watch Penguins of Madagascar. While I didn’t particularly care for Madagascar, I loved the penguins. The trailers looked funny, there was a good voice cast, & really what could be better than our favorite penguins as spies?


Sadly, I walked out of the theater letdown.

The penguins are awesome on their mission, but the villain? While there are some funny moments he provides (like when he shows his tech-unsavviness) he’s just weird. An octopus passing as a super stretchy human geneticist? It fits Malchovich, but I think young children may be disturbed.

All the puns on celebrity names? Cute for a time or two, but fast became tiresome.

Creating a horde of mutant monster penguins? Totally scary for children, and not funny.

If the movie had been more comedic & actually featured the penguins as spies in the vein of Get Smart or Johnny English we could’ve had a winning movie for children and adults. Instead, the movie relied too heavily on slapstick, groan-worthy puns, & weirdness for its humor. Disappointing.

Animation: 4 stars
Voice cast: 4 stars
Plot: 2 stars
Average: 3 stars

About Amanda Shreve

Amanda loves God, her husband, and her children. She is a full time stay at home mom who freelances in between chores. Books are one of her favorite things, and she prefers musicals, drama, and family films over action ones any day.
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