Back in 2005, DreamWorks Animation was coming off the huge success of their global blockbuster Shrek and its sequel when along came Madagascar, a movie about zoo animals from New York’s Central Park Zoo who end up in the wilds of Africa. While much of the focus was put on the characters voiced by Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith and David Schwimmer, many people fell in love with four penguins along for the ride: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private. As it happens, they were meant to be smaller supporting roles—they were even voiced by director Tom McGrath and others on the film’s crew—but they proved popular enough to spin-off on their own television cartoon.
Now, the penguins are getting their own animated movie appropriately called The Penguins of Madagascar, in which they have to stop the evil plot of a maniacal octopus named Dr. Octavius Brine, aka Dave (voiced by John Malkovich), along with a group of animal spies known as the North Wind.
A few months back, ComingSoon.net had an early chance to speak to Tom McGrath, the voice of Skipper who also happened to co-direct all three “Madagascar” movies, as well as Benedict Cumberbatch, the voice of the North Wind’s leader “Agent Classified.”
DreamWorks Animation’s The Penguins of Madagascar opens nationwide on Wednesday, November 27. Look for more from Tom and Benedict, joined by John Malkovich and Ken Jeong sometime before then.