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Genre: Kids, Cartoon, TV series
Country: United States
Starring: Tom McGrath, Jeff Glen Bennett, John DiMaggio, Danny Jacobs, James Patrick Stewart, Andy Richter, Mary Scheer, Tara Strong, Nicole Sullivan
Eye candy: Nicole Sullivan (Marlene, if you will)
Director: Bret Haaland
Run time: 120 minutes
DVD distributor: Paramount Home Entertainment
The Penguins of Madagascar remains, at all times, compulsively watchable. The Penguins are reliably militaristic and oblivious, like the security guards I used to work with who thought they were cops. The supporting cast is as ludicrous as ever, the idiotic King Julien and his lemur underlings up to their usual egocentric shenanigans and Marlene the otter remaining for the most part a bemused and skeptical observer.
The new DVD, I Was A Penguin Zombie, derives its title from the first episode, where Skipper breaks his wing. Thanks to some misunderstandings and an apparently debilitating ointment, the other penguins believe him to be dead. So when Skipper escapes from the hospital and comes back to the penguin enclosure, the others reach the only logical conclusion – he’s a zombie, and must be captured.
The other episodes (including a spooky noise in the sewer, a creepy lemur robot, a haunted car, a freakishly large and strong Mort) are all in the same vein – spooky, horror-ish shows, inasmuch as Penguins of Madagascar ever delved into horror. They’re all good, and there is actually a much greater variety on this DVD than on previous Penguins DVDs, because of the theme. I Was A Penguin Zombie comes to DVD October 5th from Paramount Home Entertainment.