Video: 'The Penguins of Madagascar' theatrical feature
Jerry Beck’s Animation Scoop has the first trailer for DreamWorks Animation’s The Penguins of Madagascar feature, now scheduled for release on November 26, 2014; trading places with DreamWorks’ Home, which is now coming on March 27, 2015.
Does this look funny to you? It certainly is furry. The four Penguins of Madagascar are back: Skipper (Tom McGrath), Kowalski (Chris Miller), Rico (John DiMaggio), and Private (Christopher Knights), adding to the cast the rival North Wind, a task force of an anthropomorphic wolf (Classified, the leader - Benedict Cumberbatch), snow owl (Eva, intelligence analyst - Annet Mahendru), seal pup (Short Fuse, explosives expert - Ken Jeong), and polar bear (Corporal - Peter Stomare). Their motto: "Nobody breaks the North Wind" -- a fart joke; ho-ho! They are all fighting Dave, a.k.a Dr. Octavius Brine, an evil octopus (John Malkovich) who is out to kill all penguins on his way to taking over the world. Who will win? Who do you think?
Is it just me, or has DreamWorks Animation just made a 180º turn from the serious drama of How to Train Your Dragon 2 to the ho-ho-ho silliness of The Penguins of Madagascar and Home? And do the purple Boovs of Home look too much like DreamWorks is trying to replicate the popularity of the yellow Minions of Sony's Despicable Me franchise? If DreamWorks is trying to make up for the disappointment of Mr. Peabody & Sherman, I don't think that this is the way to do it.