Penguins of Madagascar
|Penguins of Madagascar|
|Directed by||Simon J. Smith
|Produced by||Lara Breay
|Screenplay by||Michael Colton
|Based on||Characters created
by Tom McGrath
and Eric Darnell
|Music by||Lorne Balfe|
Pacific Data Images
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
Penguins of Madagascar is an upcoming American 3D computer-animated action comedy film, produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is a spin-off of the Madagascar film series, following penguins Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private in their own spy thriller.
The film is directed by Simon J. Smith and Eric Darnell, and written by Michael Colton and John Aboud. It stars the voices of Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, John DiMaggio, Christopher Knights as the penguins and features Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Jeong and John Malkovich. The film is scheduled to be released on November 26, 2014.
Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, and Private are brought into the services of the North Wind, an elite undercover inter-species task force that is dedicated to helping animals who can't help themselves. The Penguins must work with the North Wind led by Classified in order to prevent Dr. Octavius Brine from taking over the world.
- Tom McGrath as Skipper
- Chris Miller as Kowalski
- John DiMaggio as Rico
- Christopher Knights as Private
- Benedict Cumberbatch as Classified, a wolf team leader of the North Wind.
- John Malkovich as Dave / Dr. Octavius Brine, a disgruntled octopus who is the main villain of the film.
- Ken Jeong as Short Fuse, an explosive and demolitions expert seal and a member of the North Wind.
- Annet Mahendru as Eva, a snowy owl and the North Wind's intelligence analyst.
- Peter Stormare as Corporal, a Norwegian bear and a member of the North Wind.
A direct-to-video film featuring the penguins had been in the works since 2005, when the first Madagascar film had been released, with a release date planned for 2009. In March 2011, it was announced that the penguin characters would be given their own feature film, similar to the 2011 Puss in Boots movie, to be directed by Simon J. Smith, the co-director of Bee Movie, produced by Lara Breay, and written by Alan J. Schoolcraft and Brent Simons, the writers of DreamWorks' Megamind. In July 2012, at Comic-Con, it was announced that the film, titled The Penguins of Madagascar, would be released in 2015. Robert Schooley, one of the producers of The Penguins series, said that the film will be unrelated to the TV series of the same name, but he did say that could always change. In September 2012, 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation announced the release date of March 27, 2015, and a new pair of writers, Michael Colton and John Aboud. In August 2013, it was reported that Benedict Cumberbatch and John Malkovich joined the cast.
On May 20, 2014, the film's release date was moved up to November 26, 2014 from its initial March 2015 bow, switching places with DreamWorks Animation's other film Home. On June 11, 2014, the official trailer for the movie was released and was attached theatrically with How to Train Your Dragon 2.
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