The Penguins of Madagascar

Were you aware that the penguins of popular movie franchise Madagascar have their own television series? They do. It’s called The Penguins of Madagascar. Moreover, were you also aware that those profitable penguins are getting their own movie spin-off? It’s called The Penguins of Madagascar, so I guess there’s something to be said for familiarity when it comes to marketing. Even if you’re not familiar with the cottage industry that is the penguins (of Madagascar), perhaps you remember them from the Madagascar films? Snuggled in alongside BenStillerLion, ChrisRockZebra, DavidSchwimmerGiraffe and JadaPinkettSmithHippo, the four penguins (of Madagascar) are some tough-talking troublemakers who are very good at sticking together and even better at not being effected by climate change. There are four penguins (of Madagascar), and they all have fun, punchy names, like Skipper, Rico, Kowalski and Private. In their animated television series, the four penguins all live at the Central Park Zoo (yes, the very place they escaped from in the first and third Madagascar films, as the series sort of exists in a parallel universe where they all still live there and totally love it). They’re also into military operations, apparently. Now let’s make a movie about them.



Welcome back to This Week in Blu-ray, a column that usually runs on Tuesday. Due to a fantastic and relentlessly voluminous assortment of Blu-ray releases this week, it’s a little late. So we’ll dispense with all of the apologies and long-winded lead-ins, as we’ve got a lot of ground to cover. Beginning with the best storytelling the small-screen has to offer… Breaking Bad: The Complete Third Season Lets just lay it out there: the final two episodes of Breaking Bad‘s third season could be two of the greatest, most intensely dramatic and incredibly well-written episodes in the era of color. But it’s the build to those two episodes, one that you don’t even notice as it’s happening, that is brilliant. What Vince Gilligan and team have created in the story of Walter White (Emmy winner Bryan Cranston) is one of the fascinating good guy gone bad, but for (sometimes) good reasons stories of all-time. Season three brings in the Mexican cartel, sends Walter’s partner (Emmy winner Aaron Paul) off the deep end and delivers its big guy punch in the end. For those who are experiencing it fresh now on Blu-ray (something you should do, if it’s not clear just yet), count yourselves among the lucky ones. Those who watched it live have been waiting for more than a year to see what happens next. As for the Blu presentation, it’s loaded with more than 10 hours of add-ons, a reward for those who have patiently awaited the release. Three […]



If you steal enough scenes, you’ll end up becoming the star. That’s the theory at least, and it seems to have worked beautifully for the tuxedo-esque Madagascar comic relief known as Skipper, Kowalski, Private and Rico – voiced by Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights, and John DiMaggio respectively. The screenwriters behind Megamind, Alan Schoolcraft and Brent Simons are currently working on a feature film to follow-up the success of the characters that’s already spilled over into their own special short and television show. This is actually pretty cool. You’ve got proven characters that are consistently funny, Megamind was on the higher end of children’s flick quality, and with Mr. Popper’s Penquins, it seems like there’s a new trend emerging. Pretty soon Young Adult novels will focus on teenage girls falling irrevocably in love with cold-hearted, way-too-casual penguins. Here’s another opportunity for DreamWorks to prove themselves in a Pixar-dominated world. [THR]



I can’t say that I was particularly excited for this one, and when I heard the “I like to move it” song…I thought I’d be in for the same movie. However, as the film pushed along, I ended up being pleasantly surprised.



We recently had a chance to visit the luxurious InterContinental Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio and meet with one of the producers of Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa. And yes, there is a luxurious hotel in Ohio.


With the release of Kung Fu Panda, Jack Black becomes just the next in a long line of comedic talents, both stand-up and otherwise, to take the lead in a major animated film. So how does he compare to others who have come before him?


You might remember these lovable guys as the crazy CIA penguins — now they may be getting their own TV show.

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