Penguins Take Over LA Live / by Tim Nuttall

The air was rife with excitement outside L.A. Live as DreamWorks employees and invited guests lined the block in anticipation. The excitement grew as the crowd filled in for an advanced Saturday morning screening of DreamWorks Animations’ next holiday blockbuster, The Penguins of Madagascar. Saturday morning cartoons may have gone the way of the Dodo but don’t tell these Penguins that. The audience relished the opportunity to watch this wildly irreverent movie ahead of its November 26th release.

To further celebrate the holiday film’s release, DreamWorks hosted Penguins Day at their Glendale campus. Employees were encouraged to bring their kids to work so they could partake in ice skating, bounce houses, and a variety of penguin themed games. The always delicious commissary had whipped up special movie related goodies for the crowds, including fish and chips complete with MacDonald’s fries and apple pies. To cap off the delicious day, ice cream lovers could indulge in frozen penguin bars and other themed sweets.

The animation studio looks to head into the holiday movie season with their most stylish movie yet. The Penguins of Madagascar takes most of its cues from sixties spy films rather than the adventure/comedy franchise Madagascar that preceded it. The film reunites the talents of animators turned voice actors Tom McGrath (Skipper), Chris Miller (Kowalski), Conrad Vernon (Rico) and Christopher Knights (Private); along with a bevy of celebrity newcomers. Benedict Cumberbatch makes his second appearance of three (The Imitation Game, The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies) at this years holiday box office as an Alaskan Wolf and leader of The North Wind, along side Ken Jeong playing a Navy Seal (get it). But, its John Malkovich’s delightfully twisted turn as Dr. Octavius Brine that ultimately steals the show with his clever and hilarious actor puns being the highlight of the movie.

From a Wolf to a Penguin, it was great to put on our winter coats and join in celebrating the release of DreamWorks Animation’s newest film The Penguins of Madagascar.