|The Penguins of Madagascar|
Titlecard image used since late 2009.
|Created by||Tom McGrath
Eric Darnell
|Directed by||Bret Haaland
Jeff Glen Bennett
James Patrick Stuart
Kevin Michael Richardson
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||52 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Mark McCorkle
|Running time||12 minutes|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|First shown in||United States|
|Original run||November 29, 2008– present|
|Preceded by||Madagascar (2005)
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)
|Followed by||Merry Madagascar (2009)
Madagascar 3 (proposed)
The Penguins of Madagascar is an American CGI animated television series airing on Nickelodeon, starring Tom McGrath (as Skipper), Jeff Glen Bennett (as Kowalski), James Patrick Stuart (as Private), John DiMaggio (as Rico), and Danny Jacobs (as King Julien). It also co-stars Julien's subjects Maurice (Kevin Michael Richardson) and Mort (Andy Richter), along with some other zoo animals, like Marlene (Nicole Sullivan), Mason (Conrad Vernon) and Phil (unvoiced), as well as the zookeeper, Alice (Mary Scheer).
A pilot episode, "Gone in a Flash", aired as part of "Superstuffed Nicktoons Weekend" on November 29, 2008 before a new episode of SpongeBob SquarePants, and The Penguins of Madagascar became a regular series on March 28, 2009. The series takes place after the events of Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa. Nickelodeon ordered 26 episodes for season 1 and in January 2009 ordered a second season of 26 episodes, bringing the total to 52. This is the first Nicktoon produced with DreamWorks Animation. The series premiere drew 6.1 million viewers.
The Penguins of Madagascar is a spin-off of the "Madagascar" films, which takes place after the second movie. The series follows the adventures of four penguins: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, and Private who perform various paramilitary missions to protect their home in the Central Park Zoo. The penguins are constantly opposed by the lemurs King Julien XIII, Maurice, and Mort.
While it is not known how the penguins and lemurs arrived at the zoo after their adventures in both "Madagascar" films, the show's opening features the penguins opening a crate which reads "Madagascar" and contains the three lemur characters. Also, at the end of the second movie, it shows the lemurs and the penguins flying somewhere in the repaired airplane. DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg has stated that "there is at least one more chapter. We ultimately want to see the characters make it back to New York."
The Penguins of Madagascar features the four penguin characters from the Madagascar franchise, as well as the chimpanzees and the three lemurs. New to the series is Marlene, a female otter, and Alice, a zookeeper.
|Seasons||Episodes||First airdate||Last airdate|
|1||48||November 29, 2008||February 15, 2010|
|2||4||March 13, 2010||TBA|
In mid 2006, Nickelodeon and Dreamworks Animation announced that they would collaborate to create a Nicktoon based on the Madagascar films. The new series would star the Penguins from the film series. Nothing had been confirmed on what the series is about, until November 2007.
At first, in November 2007, Nickelodeon advertised a sneak peek of three new Nicktoons coming to Nickelodeon, The Mighty B!, Making Fiends, and The Penguins of Madagascar all on November 25, 2007 part of Superstuffed Nicktoons Weekend. Then, in December 2007, Nickelodeon had advertised many events that were going to premiere on Nickelodeon in 2008 (The Mighty B!, Fairly OddBaby, The Penguins of Madagascar, KCA 2008, Sidekicks, and "Pest of the West"). Since then, The Penguins of Madagascar had been delayed at least twice in 2008, and saw a debut in March 2009, most likely due to Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa being delayed to November 7, 2008. On November 28, 2008, Nickelodeon aired an episode from the series as a sneak peek. The Double DVD Pack of Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa includes an early DVD of the show.
Some of the actors who voiced characters in the films were not available to reprise their roles for the series. Chris Miller, who had voiced Kowalski, was replaced by Jeff Bennett, Christopher Knights was replaced by James Patrick Stuart for the voice of Private, Danny Jacobs took over from Sacha Baron Cohen as the voice of King Julien and Cedric the Entertainer's character, Maurice, is voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson. Other characters are voiced by the same actors who voiced them in the films, or in the case of Marlene and Alice the Zookeeper, are new characters created especially for the series.
After some delays of the series to air, The Penguins of Madagascar debuted on Nickelodeon in 2009. The series is produced at the Nickelodeon Animation Studio in Burbank, California, with animation carried out in India and Taiwan. Both Nickelodeon and DreamWorks Animation were planning on a 26 episode season. The Penguins of Madagascar aired after the 2009 Kids' Choice Awards on March 28, 2009 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.
|Country / Region||Series premiere||Network||Episodes aired|
|Australia||April 18, 2009||Nickelodeon Australia||Popcorn Panic, Gone in a Flash|
|April 12, 2009||Nickelodeon Netherlands||Gone in a Flash|
|April 10, 2009 (Preview)
September 12, 2009 (Official launch)
|Nickelodeon Germany||Popcorn Panic, Gone in a Flash, Launchtime,
Haunted Habitat, Tangled in the Web, Crown Fools
|March 2, 2009 (preview)
June 5, 2009 (official launch)
|Nickelodeon Latin America||Popcorn Panic, Gone in a Flash|
|Bulgaria||March 7, 2010||Nova Television|
|April 12, 2009||Nickelodeon UK
|Episodes mainly aired on Nickelodeon. Most episodes in series 1 have aired in the UK.|
|United States||November 29, 2008 ("Sneak Peek")
March 28, 2009 (Official launch)
|Nickelodeon||Gone in a Flash
Launchtime, Haunted Habitat
|Canada||September 12, 2009||YTV/ Nickelodeon Canada||Episodes 1-22, 24-28, 30 (As of Jan 22/10)|
|September 10, 2009||Nickelodeon Southeast Asia||Launchtime, Haunted Habitat|
|Italy||November 2009||Italia 1/Nickelodeon Italy|
|Turkey||February-May 2010||CNBC-E, Nickelodeon Turkey|
|Spain||October 2009||Nickelodeon Spain|
|Portugal||October 2009||Nickelodeon Portugal|
The Penguins of Madagascar has been given mixed to positive critical reviews. Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times gave the show a favorable review. She said that the show had strong comedic timing and action scenes, saying that it recalled both Wile E. Coyote cartoons and 1940s gangster movies. McNamara also noted that the replacements for the celebrity voice actors did their jobs well. Tim Goodman's review in the San Francisco Chronicle is also favorable. He said that he considered the penguins and Julien as having the most comedic potential from the movies, with his review focusing on the voice actors' comedic timing, and said that the show also contained several jokes which would make it appealing to adults.
After admitting that Madagascar "...is hardly my favorite recent animated movie," Brian Lowry of Variety, said that although he thought the show was "loud, exuberant and colorful", he did not think that it was funny and said that the show seemed more like a "merchandising bonanza". He did, however, say that the show's CGI animation was high in quality.
It was also nominated for Favorite Cartoon at the 2010 Kids' Choice Awards.
DreamWorks licensed to a number of manufacturers, including Hooga Loo Toys, who had a successful run creating a line of plush toys associated with the second Madagascar movie. Based on its success, Hooga Loo was granted a license to create an entire new toy line for the new series. Hooga Loo recruited the creative development team, Pangea Corporation, the company who assisted Playmates Toys in the development of the phenomenally successful "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," to work systemically with DreamWorks and develop toys inspired by and for the series. The toy line included a full range of unique and funny feature plush characters, as well as clever collectible figures and wacky vehicles. Fast food restaurants courted DreamWorks to glean the rights for a QSR deal, which finally materialized in late 2009. McDonald's had produced a collector's dream line based on the second film. This relationship forged a new deal with McDonald's.
Licensed merchandise based on the show began debuting in January 2010. In February 2010, McDonald’s began their “Mission: Play” Happy Meal toy campaign, which featured eight toys based on the penguins in the series.
A primetime TV special which featured the penguins, as well as the other main characters from the “Madagascar” franchise, “Merry Madagascar,” aired on November 17, 2009 on NBC stations in the United States. It was re-aired November 28.
The Penguins of Madagascar, a 24-minute long "sneak peak" of the series, was released as part of the double DVD pack of Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa. It included two episodes: "Popcorn Panic" and "Gone in a Flash."
The Penguins of Madagascar: Operation: DVD Premiere, a 130-minute-long, direct-to-DVD release which featured both all-new missions and TV-aired episodes, was released on February 9, 2010.
The Penguins of Madagascar is an American CGI animated television series broadcast on Nickelodeon, starring the penguins from the 2005 film Madagascar. A pilot episode, Gone in a Flash, aired as part of Super Stuffed Nicktoons Weekend on November 28, 2008 before a new episode of SpongeBob SquarePants, and The Penguins of Madagascar became a regular series on March 28, 2009.
(Maurice is making a sundae)
Making my ice cream,
Oh, sprinkle it on,
(Julien grabs the sundae while Maurice is not looking)
Now we add a cherry on top!
(Julien grabs the cherry)
Julien: Uh, less sprinkles next time, okay Maurice?
Maurice: I just can't take this!
Julien: Rule number one: Do not question the king. Rule number two--
(Camera falls into Maurice's arms)
(They begin to fight)
Julien:I said gimme! What part of Give or Me do you not understand?
Maurice: I understood the me part, like, this was caught by ME!
Skipper: Pop quiz, troops. What can't we trust?
Kowalski: (flipping through his notebook) Three-day-old stir-fry mung beans.
Skipper: Right. What else can't we trust?
Private: (holding up a book on badgers) Badgers!
Skipper: (gives Private a questionable look)
Private:...Maybe that's just me.
After the rat king jumps on him while playing hockey:
Skipper (concerned): "Kowalski, speak to me man!"
(Kowalski lying on ground twitching: "Just a knock on the old monkey bus..."
Skipper (confused): "Kowalski?"
Kowalski (stumbling on ice): "No need to paint. I'm as flopsy-faced as ever."
Skipper (after Kowalski gets up and picks up hockey stick): " I...don't think you're fit for duty."
Kowalski (continuing to stumble): "Flibberty-jibbet man! I'm as juxtaposed as the next hamburger!" (slips and falls on
Private (after he and Skipper also get hurt): "Skipper, maybe it's time to admit we've lost."
Kowalski (stumbling in the backgound): "The moo-cow may have a chocolate marshmallow!"
(Julian wins the hocky game, defeating the sewer rats, Rico, Private and Skipper looked shocked; Kowalski stumbles
past them) Kowalski: "Well, I'll be a bicycle cream cone!"
The Penguins of Madagascar is a Nicktoons spinoff series of the movie Madagascar.
Some of the original movie actors weren't available to reprise their roles. Chris Miller, who had voiced Kowalski, is replaced by Jeff Bennett, Christopher Knights is replaced by James Patrick Stuart as the voice of Private, Danny Jacobs takes over from Sacha Baron Cohen as the voice of King Julien, and Cedric the Entertainer's character, Maurice, is replaced by Kevin Michael Richardson.