Penguins of Madagascar
moves toward an interesting take on the sequel genre, if there is such a thing, by creating a spin-off film, from characters that have already had a spin-off show. Such is the appeal of the Madagascar
films (though the straight sequels have had varying levels of success), that both the penguins and King Julien have managed animated series, and there’s something to be said for the idea that if people love the penguin characters we should run with that.
The film bases its plot on the dueling ideas that Private is fed up with having no role in the crew, and that the penguins in general, and then to another level of “in general,” have taken the spotlight off of a certain octopus.
Following the events of the last Madagascar
film, our penguin heroes – Skipper (Tom McGrath
), Kowalski (Chris Miller
), Rico (Conrad Vernon
), and Private (Christopher Knights