Penguins of Madagascar

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For the Nickelodeon TV series, see The Penguins of Madagascar.
Penguins of Madagascar
Penguins of Madagascar poster.jpg
Teaser poster
Directed by Simon J. Smith
Eric Darnell
Produced by Lara Breay[1]
Tripp Hudson[2]
Screenplay by Michael Colton
John Aboud
Based on Characters created 
by Tom McGrath
and Eric Darnell
Starring Tom McGrath
Chris Miller
John DiMaggio
Christopher Knights
Benedict Cumberbatch
John Malkovich
Ken Jeong
Music by Lorne Balfe[3][4]
DreamWorks Animation
Pacific Data Images[5]
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s)
  • November 26, 2014 (2014-11-26)
Country United States
Language English

Penguins of Madagascar is an upcoming American 3D computer-animated action comedy film,[6] 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.[6]

The film is directed by Simon J. Smith and Eric Darnell,[7] and written by Michael Colton and John Aboud.[1] 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.[1]


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.

Voice cast[edit]


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.[10] 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,[11] 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.[12] In July 2012, at Comic-Con, it was announced that the film, titled The Penguins of Madagascar, would be released in 2015.[13] 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.[14] 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.[15] In August 2013, it was reported that Benedict Cumberbatch and John Malkovich joined the cast.[1]


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.[16] On June 11, 2014, the official trailer for the movie was released and was attached theatrically with How to Train Your Dragon 2.[17]

The film will be also released in Real3D and Digital 3D formats.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Sneider, Jeff (August 5, 2013). "Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich Join 'Penguins of Madagascar' (Exclusive)". The Wrap. Retrieved August 6, 2013. 
  2. ^ "News: THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR | Official Trailer Revealed!". Animation Insider. June 11, 2014. Retrieved June 13, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Lorne Balfe to Score ‘The Penguins of Madagascar’". Film Music Reporter. January 8, 2014. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  4. ^ Dreamworks Animation : High-Fives All Around: The Penguins Of Madagascar Recruited For Top-Secret Assignment This Fall
  5. ^ a b Moviefone (June 11, 2014). "Penguins of Madagascar Trailer (2014): Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich". YouTube. Retrieved June 13, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b DreamWorks Animation (August 15, 2013). "The Stars Align For 2015 DreamWorks Animation Films". Pitch Engine. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Cunningham, Todd (May 20, 2014). "DreamWorks Animation Switches Release Dates on ‘Penguins of Madagascar’ and ‘Home’". The Wrap. Retrieved May 21, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h Truitt, Brian (June 8, 2014). "Sneak Peek: 'Penguins of Madagascar'". USA Today. Retrieved June 9, 2014. 
  9. ^ McHenry, Jackson (June 11, 2014). "'The Penguins of Madagascar' trailer: Spies and Benedict Cumberbatch -- VIDEO". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 13, 2014. 
  10. ^ Fritz, Ben (September 14, 2005). "D'Works will rely on animal instinct". Variety. Retrieved October 27, 2011. 
  11. ^ Kit, Borys (March 29, 2011). "DreamWorks Developing 'Madagascar' Penguins Spinoff Movie (Exclusive)". Retrieved March 31, 2011. 
  12. ^ Kit, Borys (August 11, 2011). "'Madagascar' Spin-Off to Be Helmed by 'Bee Movie' Co-Director (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 12, 2011. 
  13. ^ B. Vary, Adam (July 12, 2012). "DreamWorks Animation Comic-Con panel: Caveman families and penguin movies!". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 13, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Email Interview With Robert Schooley". Total Media Bridge. July 19, 2012. Retrieved August 4, 2012. 
  15. ^ DreamWorks Animation (September 9, 2012). "New Distributor Twentieth Century Fox Unveils DreamWorks Animation's Release Slate Through 2016". DreamWorks Animation. Retrieved September 10, 2012. 
  16. ^ "DreamWorks Animation Moves Up 'Penguins Of Madagascar' Bow, Bumps 'Home' To 2015". 2014-05-20. Retrieved 2014-05-20. 
  17. ^ "'The Penguins of Madagascar' Trailer Premiere: Theses Penguins Have Mad Skills (EXCLUSIVE)". 2014-06-11. Retrieved 2014-06-11. 

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