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Penguins of Madagascar

Penguins of Madagascar
vVoices of:  Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Jeong, Annet Mahendru, Peter Stormare and John Malkovich

Rated: PG for mild action and some rude humor.
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: November 28, 2014 Released by: DreamWorks Animation

This episode of the Penguins appears to be one more shot at the money.  

The Penguins team up with The North Wind group who are headed by Agent Classified (Benedict Cumberbatch) to stop Dr. Octavius Brine (John Malkovich) also known as Dave.  He is another evil one who must be stopped or he will destroy the World as we know it.  

Every character in the film morphs into different characters quickly and with no development.  This is particularly true of Brine/Dave who when he is behaving badly he becomes a squid or octopus in blue or purple.  His henchmen most of them look like him but he has the ability to become much larger and there for more menacing to the hero Penguins. 

The action comes quickly and is constantly changing and that will appeal to the very young set.  There is no time for thought about what is happening, as semi battles are constantly in play.  Some in the sky, others in tunnels and every other location we can imagine.  It all starts in Antarctica where the original three save the egg of the little one who will become the forth member of the gang.  Sounds like The Three Musketeers  picking up the fourth member.  

The art work is exciting and colorful, and many camera angles are produced to add the dimension of constant movement on the screen, but the 3D production is not much more exciting or interesting than the 2D version.   

All the work that is obviously aimed at kids doesn't appear to draw the younger folks into the fast paced action and comedy.  The kids are quiet during the film and also silent as the film ends.  When kids enjoy a film they are vocal telling the story to everyone who will listen.  

The word cute is overused.  The Penguins I guess are cute certainly more so than Brine but not that cute.  Their appeal lies in their slapstick attack on the forces of evil who must be conquered   Of course we expect the heroic non flying Penguins to win out as they travel all around the World determined to stop Brine.  Penguins are responsible for the positive ending but it takes a Cheese-it, you know those little orange cheese tasting salt covered pieces of junk food, to eliminate the power of the evil side.  

The Penguins need a better script and some acting lessons if they are to continue with the series. 

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