The Penguins solo adventure picks up at the party at the end of Madagascar 3, though there is a quick flashback to the boys' childhood. The story revolves around the team's competition with another secret agent group called Northwind in taking down the mad octopus Dave.
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1) I love the Penguins to the point of watching their animated TV shows. This is the first movie or TV program that layers the guys' personalities. Watching Skipper admit that Confidential's plan was better than his was painful, but a necessary evolution to his character.
1) The other penguins' treatment of Private really didn't make sense in terms of this being a story set after Madagascar 3. Private has proven his bravery and resourcefulness over and over again. For Skipper, Kowolski and Rico to treat him in such a patronizing manner was off-putting.
2) The pacing of the story was glacial compared to the other installments of the Madagascar franchise. There were points I started to nod off.
For the record, that is not a good thing.
3) The animated series did the same basic plot with Dr. Blowhole in the animated series, and it was done MUCH better there.
Because Neil Patrick Harris rocks!
4) Dreamworks' intention to launch the Northwind team as a new series was painfully obvious.
As much as I love the Penguins, this movie version didn't cut it. I'd give a 5 out of 10 stars at best.
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