Penguins of Madagascar, Eric Darnell & Simon J. Smith, 2014
By Ali Tenenbaum
These penguins are cute and cuddly but don’t mistake them for push over softies. They have the quick-witted repartee of Spongebob and bouncy buoyancy of the minions.They’re feisty, funny, sarcastic and spirited and no one’s gonna mess with their crew! It’s not rocket science, mostly the same animated fodder we’ve seen before but at least these penguins don’t take themselves too seriously and have a sense of adventure without too much patronizing lesson-learning along the way. The Werner Herzog voice cameo is an amusing touch.
Obviously appropriate for kids and grandmas.
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