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Genre: CG Animation
Director: Bret Haaland, Nick Filippi
Cast: Tom McGrath. Jeff Glen Bennett, James Patrick Stuart,
John DiMaggio, Danny Jacobs,
Kevin Michael Richardson, Andy Richter, Nicole Sullivan, Conrad Vernon, Mary Scheer, Tara Strong
Year Made: 2010



- DreamWorks Animation Video Jukebox
- Trailers


Languages: English/Latin American Spanish/Brazilian Portuguese
Subtitles: English/Latin American Spanish/Brazilian Portuguese
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 2 hrs
Region Code: NTSC 3
Distributor: Berjaya HVN
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Roll out the red carpet for Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private as they waddle to the world premiere of their first feature-length DVD! You may think they're just a cute pack of penguins but these flightless birds are actually an elite strike force with unmatched commando skills. And if they want to maintain order in the zoo, they'll have to outwit resident party animal King Julien! Roger that, Boys!


It’s not uncommon for supporting characters to outshine the main ones in terms of popularity. Take for example the recent CG animation, "Despicable Me" where the minions and the three orphan girls left a more lasting impression than the main protagonist, Gru. And in the popular DreamWorks’ animation "Madagascar", the four cheeky penguins are so in demand that they now have their own spin-off television features on Nickelodeon.

"The Penguins of Madagascar" is a collection of the first ten episodes shown on the network channel and each episode runs approximately at a swift 11 minutes. The four penguins namely the leader of the group, Skipper, Kowlaski the group strategist, Rico the weaponry expert and Private the rookie gets to different mischief at their home in the Central Park Zoo together with their fellow friends, King Julien, Maurice and Mort. Most of the recognizable supporting characters from the movies do appeared in the TV series with the exception of the main four leads of course. There are even new recurring characters introduced like Marlene, a fiercely independent otter, a harmless alligator Roger and Max the stray cat.

The episodes supposedly took place after the second movie, "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" though it is never clearly stated or explained. The writings are neither sharp nor witty though there are hints of potentially cute humour. One of the strengths of the series is the heavy reliance on the crazy antics devised by the penguins. For example, one episode sees the penguins traveling to the lunar moon on a makeshift shuttle and on another episode helping their alligator friend fighting against a group of sewer rats. And they even escaped from the zoo in broad daylight just to have snow-cones. Perhaps King Julien is the second funniest character in the show given his often exaggerated self-indulgent ways.

Visually, the standard of the CG is a triumph. Though done by vendors in Taiwan and India, the series retained the colourful setup and palette seen in the movies. In fact, kids and adults alike will find the visual pretty appealing and it will be unfair to compare this to the almost perfect rendering and highly detailed in other words bigger budgeted movie versions.

Despite the sub-par stories, the enthusiastic younger audience will lap up the energetic action sequences courtesy of the four penguins. Personally, Nickelodeon’s immensely well-received Spongebob Squarepants is a far more perfect blend of gags and story-telling. Parents will not necessary be entertained by the uneven balance of kiddy and adult humour but console yourselves that there are far worse animations out there in the market and fortunately, "The Penguins of Madagascar" isn’t one of them.


The special features include Trailers for DreamWorks animations and Nickelodeon’s Spongebob Squarepants. DreamWorks Animation Video Jukebox is a collection of MTVs featuring past DreamWorks Animation feaures of course.


Audio features Dolby Digital 5.1, dialogue is clear and occasionally makes good use of the surround for action scenes. Visual transfer is almost flawless though it shows clearly the poor rendering of characters at times.



Review by Linus Tee

Posted on 16 August 2010


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This review is made possible with the kind support from HVN Berjaya


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