Movie fans will be be pleased to know that the loveable Skipper, Kowalski and the gang are back with their action-packed spy-fi animated capers, and you can own the movie to watch at home from 30th March.
Out on DVD and Blu-ray with a host of special features including:
- The top-secret guide to becoming a special agent
- The Madagascar mash-up
- The Cheezy Dibbles advert
The movie starts with a young Skipper, Kowalski and Rico leaving the pack to chase after a runaway egg. They rescue it from hungry seals but find themselves adrift on an iceberg. The young penguin who hatches is Private, and taking the gang as his family, they set of on their adventures.
The film sequels the Madagascar 3 movie, and introduces us to the delights of Cheezy Dibbles - an orange cheese puff snack (think Wotsits) for which the penguins will do just about anything.
Dreamworks Animation and Twentieth Century Fox deliver this high-octane, bonkers animation with the penguin foursome joining forces with spy unit The North Wind to defeat Dr Octavius Brine and his plans to take his revenge on the world.
Fans will be pleased to hear the thoroughly English tones of Benedict Cumberbatch as The North Wind's leader a grey fox named 'Classified', as well as the instantly recognisable voice of John Malkovich as the evil Dave/Dr Octavia Brine who seeks his revenge on the penguins for usurping him with their cuteness in every zoo around the globe.
The action is fast and frantic and you need to pay attention to the plot as they whizz from Fort Knox, to Venice to the Sahara, then Shanghai before finally making it back to New York. Younger members of the audience will enjoy the slap-stick humour and high energy, even if perhaps they didn't fully follow the story.
Despite the crazy capers, there is still a moral message to the film though. Young Private is desperately trying to find his place in the team, fed up with only ever being the 'cute one'. They ultimately find him invaluable in the end, and he earns respect and kudos from the others.
A fast, furious and funny movie for all the family.
Penguins of Madagascar is out on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD on 30th March from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
Disclosure: I attended a special screening for the purposes of this review.