Here’s a funny tidbit about the new Dreamworks Animation movie, “Penguins of Madagascar” that opens today, November 26, it comes from a film franchise that did not put out a good entry until the third movie (“Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted). The Penguins, that includes Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private who saw themselves as elite super agents were the comic relief of the franchise when the other jokes in the movie fell flat, so it’s understandable that they got their own movie.
This is not the first time Dreamworks has given characters from a successful franchise and given them their own spin-off installment. “Puss in Boots” got his own movie a few years ago. That movie was an origin tale. “Penguins of Madagascar” does show the humble beginnings of the four intrepid penguins, but most of this adventure takes place after the events of the last Madagascar movie. An old foe they never knew existed is back for revenge and Private may be the only one who can stop him.