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New Trailer and Clip from ‘Penguins of Madagascar’


What can one say about about Penguins of Madagascar that hasn’t already been said about the previous twenty-plus DreamWorks Animation comedies? As far as children’s fare goes, one could do worse than the broad slapstick and colorful characters zipping around in the latest trailer:

The film, a spin-off of the Penguins of Madagascar TV series, which itself was a spin-off of the Madagascar film franchise, is directed by Simon J. Smith and Eric Darnell. Originally scheduled for release in March 2015, its U.S. release was moved up to November 26, 2014 after another DreamWorks comedy, Home, was pushed back to next year.

Here’s an extended clip from the film:

  • k

    the animation looks spectacular, and honestly it’s enough to make me want to see it, just for that alone. I’m really astounded, wow…. and I refuse to feel shame for wanting to see an animated film because it looks great.

    …and that crosswalk gag was pretty funny, though, you gotta admit that at least

  • L_Ron_Hoover

    Why do you have to be sarcastic about this film? This is a spin-off that genuinely looks good. You should applaud something so rare! Look at the fact that Madagascar 3 was a great animated film yet it’s unfairly played off as “just another sequel.” Don’t have such low expectations based on bias.

    This movie looks like one of the few animated films coming out with genuinely funny acting, writing, and visual gags. A talented crew with a passion to make good cartoons.

    • Fried

      Agreed. If people are going to trash any announcement for animated feature films because they’re targeted for families, then you need to stop watching Western animation right now.

      Wanting more diversity is one thing, but pushing aside possibly fun films because they aren’t diverse doesn’t achieve anything.

      • Ant G

        because they are sequels and spin offs and incestuous regurgitation of sameness over and over again, rather than targeted “for families”

  • It really does look intriguing. I just hope they deliver with this one. I have enjoyed a couple of DreamWorks’ films, but the Madagascar films I tend to get disappointed or irritated that it wasn’t as good as I would expect. I hope this film changes that streak.

  • starss

    … is this film a spin-off of the original Madagascar movies, or the TV show? To me, it looks more like the movies. Which is it?

    • Looks to me like a stand-alone movie starring the Madagascar penguins.

      • starss

        Well tell that to Amid- he states it’s adapted from the TV SHOW!

        • Well, they do share almost the same title.

    • burymylovely

      All of those are technically in the same universe. But unlike the Penguins tv show, this movie was made by Dreamworks Animation proper. That’s why it look more like the Madagascar movies. But story wise, its more like the tv show, since it only features the penguins and their adventures. Hope that helps.

      • starss

        Tom McGrath (voice of Skipper) actually said the TV show should be considered something like an alternate universe to the movies.

  • ggazoo

    “They” is Craig Kellman, who designed the Madagascar characters. Personally I think it’s a refreshingly angular look for CG, quite different and much more appealing than a goopy, rounded, indefinite look would be and also wonder cartoony caricature. But that’s just me.

  • mick

    That looks great and so far as this promo suggests there is some good writing in it. Happy days. I see there are no women penguins in this but I’m willing to look beyond that

  • katrav

    This one was made at DreamWorks Dedicated Unit in India.

    • burymylovely

      Dreamworks India works on shots of sequences, but they do not take the lead on movies. I believe this one was mostly made up north in Redwood City.

    • DangerMaus

      I can’t find anything that says this film was made at Dreamworks Dedicated Unit in India. At a 135,000,000 dollar budget, I doubt this flick was done completely in India; however, I could see parts of it being assigned there.

  • Dave Follett
    • blabla

      lol I think any octopus in any movie, people will point out to oktapodi, why not point to burning safari for the monkeys of the Madagascar movies ?

  • slowtiger

    The penguins always were my favourite part in the Madagascar movies, in fact the only part I really enjoyed. I also like the TV series, so I look forward to this movie. OK, it’s old formulas cooked up again, but that has been done worse before, and this seems to be intelligent and fast and with some nice twists.
    Just smile and wave, boys, smile and wave.

  • Confused

    Dave’s design looks a little out of place, but the animation work on him is so damn good, and he has some great expressions. Reminds me a lot of how well Chester was handled in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.

  • burymylovely

    sigh. I’m not really sure how many more times I can stand to explain this, but Oriental Dreamworks is NOT for making Dreamworks english language movies. They are for making chinese language animated movies. They have different pipeline, software and technology than Dreamworks proper. They would have to completely rebuild their systems to do so.

    This is separate and distinct from Dreamworks India, which does in fact work on the DW movies we all see here.

  • Inkan1969

    Hmm, China, India, or California. Which answer is right?

    • ggazoo

      No China. Some India. Story and most of the animation in California.

      • Dreamworks Animator

        Still wrong, story in US, 75% of animation, as well as all the animation development done in India :)

        All the Lead Characters and Head of Animation of the movie are in India.

  • James VanDam

    Can’t wait to see this. It looks very funny.

  • Fried

    Gee, wonder which non-sourced anonymous comment I should believe? Hmmm…

    • DangerMaus

      I know ImDB isn’t the be-all and end-all. Still, why wouldn’t Dreamworks Dedicated Unit be mentioned in the production house credits if they are the primary production unit? Especially after two years.

      They only show PDI and DWA as the main producers.

      With Disney’s outsourced stuff like “Planes” the production house credits show Disneytoon, Legendary Pictures, Crest animation, Warner Bros Pictures, Prana, etc. I don’t see why the same wouldn’t be done for this flick if most of it had been outsourced to India. Unless DWA is used as an umbrella term and covers all of their units, regardless of location.

      • Dreamworks Animator

        Who knows why, maybe politics … all I know is that, Storyboard, Designs, and Previz was done in US, in India we took all the Animation, CFX, FX, some Textures and Modeling, Final Layout and Lighting.

        The studio was suppose to do the whole movie, this is the first movie which the studio in India took lead on, after this, I don’t know how much of it will be told in the media, with all the recession and problems in the industry I understand it’s a delicate subject.

    • Dreamworks Animator

      If you’re really curious on the subject search on lonkedin :)

  • Arthur F.

    I don’t get some of the tone, if it is to be cynicism or what. Sure, the Madagascar movies versions of the Penguins are (for me) too over-the-top cartoon-y and empty puns, with e-z buying time (like with the above clip and cheezepuff gag) as it has to be to hold the attention within Madagascar’s noisy, wide-screen. But the PofM as a tv cartoon was something totally different, reduction to a perfect format adaptation. Contained by zoo setting and tv screen, the figures handled as a more up-close ensemble on stage, meaning even more fine tuned characters, as well, adjusting timing and more focused on the level of the dialog. The scripts were way above the average tv fare (or look at a comparative adaptation process, Kung-Fu Panda, and how repetitive and limited the plots were.) Just one of countless many of “throw-away” moments:
    — Special Agent Rotgut (To Private): “Cut the gas motorbeak. There ain’t no medal for pointing out the obvious!”
    — Private (to Skipper): “What!? But the Gullibility Medal is real… right?
    — Skipper: “Suuuuuuure it is Private”
    It was the specific qualities of the TV version of the Penguins that solidified their core audience.

  • DC

    This looks great!