Film Review: “Penguins of Madagascar”

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Maggie Cody, Head Photo/Art Editor, Focus Editor

If you thought you loved these penguins in “Madagascar” in 2005, you haven’t seen anything yet.

Although it lacks many love-able characters from “Madagascar,” “The Penguins of Madagascar” digs deeper into the penguins’ story as you get to know the clever, unique personalities of Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private in a world of penguins, who don’t think for themselves.

Skipper, voiced by Tom McGrath, acts as the leader of the group, taking control of whatever situation they get themselves into. Kowalski, Chris Miller, is the brains of the operation. Rico, Conrad Vernon, although silent throughout the whole movie other than some grunting noises, adds to the group by dealing with more dangerous tasks and always has a trick up his sleeve, or perhaps down his throat. Lastly, there’s Private, Christopher Knights, who’s soft and innocent disposition tends to get him overlooked in the group.

The four penguins work together as a team of self-proclaimed special agents who manage to save the day in every situation they get themselves into until they meet Dr. Octavius Brine, a disgruntled octopus who seeks revenge on penguins.

This hilarious, heartwarming comedy goes beyond the surface to teach that looks don’t matter and it’s what’s inside that counts.