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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
Director: Bret Haaland
DVD distributor: Paramount Home Entertainment
There’s another Penguins of Madagascar DVD coming out February 14th, from Paramount Home Entertainment, this one called Operation Get Ducky. See, there’s this egg that Marlene finds, and she brings it to the penguins because they’re birds and ought to know what to do with it. Apparently, these aren’t the penguins from March of the Penguins, where the males nurture the eggs until they hatch.
No, these are the Madagascar penguins, who somehow manage to train the egg to be a super-commando before it hatches into a little computer animated baby duck. The second episode is also about the duck, who comes back to the zoo as a fully-formed little ninja baby, and decides to beat up everyone in the place. Including the elephants. Because that’s what you would do, if you were a ninja commando duckling.
Of course, after that, the theme of the duck disappears entirely so the DVD can be filled out with six more episodes that have nothing to do with a vicious little duckling. King Julien gets introduced to April Fool’s Day, Marlene goes outside the zoo for a while and becomes a feral otter, the crocodile comes to live in the penguins’ enclosure for a time, and some hornets keep showing up and threatening to sting everyone’s face.
Penguins of Madagascar is as entertaining as ever, and Operation Get Ducky is pretty much the same as every other DVD they’ve put out. A few tangentially related episodes and a bunch of filler. The way I figure it, you either like it or you don’t. And nothing says Happy Valentine’s Day like the gift of a children’s animated DVD!