"much like our pint-sized, likeable heroes, leaves you feeling warm and fuzzy"
I always wondered how DreamWorks Animation would continue the Madagascar franchise, considering the last film, Europe's Most Wanted, served its purpose in wrapping up the story that concerned its lead characters Alex, Gloria, Melman and Marty.
So what happens next feels like a no-brainer -- follow those resourceful Penguins on an new adventure, of course!
Penguins of Madagascar opens right where the last film left off, with the familiar setting of the circus that showcases a daring escape by the penguins themselves.
During this time we’re treated to some back story, as we explore the origins of our heroes. During this sequence we get see how they came together in a really touching way, which adds some much welcomed context.
As it progresses, the film soon becomes an espionage tale, as the penguins have to come face-to-face with a figure from their past; Dave the Octopus (voiced by the brilliant John Malkovich). As a result, they’re forced to join forces with North Wind, led by Agent Classified (not his actual name, but makes for some amusing back and forth moments), voiced by the velvety tones of Benedict Cumberbatch. In short, the plan is to stop Dave’s diabolical plot. Sounds simple enough, right?
The animation is nothing short of beautiful, and the 3D complements the narrative and isn't used as a crutch. As a result, the overall story of Skipper and Private, especially, is incredibly warm and has a lovely message to get across to its young audience.
Penguins of Madagascar on the whole will, much like our pint-sized, likeable heroes, leave you feeling warm and fuzzy right up until the end credits begin to play.