‘Penguins': still cute, funny

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BLAME IT on lowered expectations for a umpteenth animation starring those commando penguins from “Madagascar,” over-exposed small darlings who stole all those cinema and went on to star in their possess spin-off TV series.

Or lay it during a feet of a Dreamworks Animation’s heading character – slapstick for a kids, and a boatload of wisecracks directed during a relatives who also lay by these farces directed during a under-8 crowd.

But “Penguins of Madagascar” is as “cute and cuddly” as ever, and mostly officious hilarious.

Kids will hee-haw during a heroic impertinence, a pratfalls and a perfect breakneck speed of a gags, and a occasional gas-passing joke.

And their parents? The puns, film references and impersonations are for grownups. Hip ones will laugh during a smart hold of carrying iconoclastic German executive and “Encounters during a End of a World” documentarian Werner Herzog play a comically cruel documentary filmmaker in a opening scene. Here, on “Earth’s solidified bottom,” he captures a beginnings of a penguin team.

Even as chicks, Skipper is in charge, guileless and riffing in that Tom-McGrath-does-William Shatner-as-Kirk voice, heading small Kowalski (Chris Miller), Rico (Conrad Vernon) and a newly-hatched Private (Christopher Knights) into “adventure and excellence like no penguin has seen before.”

That flashback voluntary sets adult a energetic that has played out for this lovable and cuddly party ever since.

“Kowalski! Analysis! Rico! Status report!”

“Penguins of Madagascar” is about dopey and darling Private’s efforts to turn “a suggestive and valued member of a team.” He will have his possibility when an octopus supervillain named Dave (John Malkovich) sets out to absolved a universe of penguin-kind. But a Madagascar boys have foe in a heroics department. The well-financed, gadget-equipped North Wind inter-species commando group has a sign (Ken Jeong), a frigid bear (Peter Stormare), an exotic, voluptuous owl (Annet Mahendru) and is led by a confident, oh-so-competent wolf (Benedict Cumberbatch).

It doesn’t matter that a tract and characters seem like a hotchpotch of other new charcterised offerings, as prolonged as McGrath is enormous wise. And a group of writers gangling no joke in giving a knave only as many zingers, many of that will zing over a heads of a younger viewers.

Whatever this small zero of a animation comedy lacks – decent womanlike characters, an strange knave – a bottom line from this bottom-heavy society from a bottom of a world? They’re still cute, still cuddly, still as humorous as a ninja penguin could ever be.


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