The Penguins of Madagascar is an American CGI TV show broadcast on Nickelodeon, starring the Penguins from the Madagascar film franchise. The pilot episode, "Gone in a Flash", aired as part of Superstuffed Nicktoons Weekend on November 29, 2008, right before a new episode of SpongeBob SquarePants. The series officially began regularly airing in March 2009. Nickelodeon ordered 26 episodes for season 1, and ordered a second season of 26 episodes in January 2009, bringing the total to 52. The series premiere drew 6.1 million viewers.
Tom McGrath, the franchise's co-creator and the voice of Skipper, stated that this series does not actually take place in the same continuity as the Madagascar movies themselves, saying that he "think[s] of it as taking place in a parallel universe". Despite this statement, however, the show does occasionally allude to the events of the films. Alex the lion, one of the main characters from the movies, notably appears as a hallucination of Skipper's in the hour-length episode "The Return of Dr. Blowhole's Revenge", saying that they "used to be neighbors". Also, in the show's Christmas episode, "The All Nighter Before Christmas", Santa Claus appears, with Carl Reiner reprising the voice from the earlier Merry Madagascar special, and seems to recognize King Julien, possibly in reference to the special.
It should be noted that a theatrical movie starring the Penguins and sharing the show's title was released in November 2014. The movie is set in the same continuity as the Madagascar movies, specifically taking place almost immediately after Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, and was distributed by 20th Century Fox (the distributor of DreamWorks Animation's films at the time) with no involvement from Nickelodeon, so it is not covered on this wiki. (Interestingly, while the second and third Madagascar films have since aired on Nickelodeon itself, the first movie has not, and neither has the Penguins of Madagascar movie itself as of 2020.)
The series was officially stated to have ended production in December 2014.. Afterward, DreamWorks Animation would later produce two other Madagascar television shows, both of them prequels to the original films - All Hail King Julien, which ran on Netflix from 2014 to 2017, and the upcoming Madagascar: A Little Wild, which will be streaming on Hulu. Since neither of these shows were created for Nickelodeon, they are also not covered on this wiki.
In a situation largely connected to the Madagascar films, The series follows the adventures of four penguin protagonists, Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, and Private, in New York City's Central Park Zoo. The Penguins will rule the roost at their Central Park habitat, carrying out secret missions in the heart of the city. At times, their missions beckon them to venture outside the zoo. Just as the team thinks it has its urban acreage under control, a new neighbor moves in next door: Julien, King of the Lemurs and the main antagonist of the show. Now the penguins must keep control of the Central Park Zoo despite the lemur's antics.
|Skipper, the Adelie Penguin (Tom McGrath): The leader of the group or elite force. He usually barks out orders, names plans, and slaps the others. One of his famous lines are "You didn't see anything", while he move his flippers, trying to confuse the others. He base his life on miltary force and saves animals in need with his friends. His archnemis, Dr. Blowhole, is always on the lookout for the penguins which cause Skipper to be parnoid sometimes. Tom McGrath was able to return to voice Skipper for this series.|
|Kowalski, the Adelie Penguin (Jeff Bennett): The smartest, and tallest of the penguins. He forms plans for the group, but they are often disregarded. He usually takes notes for Skipper and helps the others in need. He apparently has a crush on a female dolphin named Doris in "Gone in a Flash". Also Kowalski loves science, but he sometimes he thinks he's always right and can be self-important. When he's exaggerating, things can go wrong.|
|Rico, the Adelie Penguin (John DiMaggio): Psychotic knife wizard and explosives expert. Rico likes to do what he wants and is always in another world. He always spits up war gear and other items for the other penguins. Also sometimes, he is seen with a barbie- like doll in some episodes and can be out of control. He's a funny-looking, party animal who can reguritate explosives devices. When he explodes with psychotic pressure, he the destro- machine but eventually cools down.|
|Private, the Adelie Penguin (James Patrick Stuart): The youngest of the group. He's mostly good at cracking codes, and is often slapped by Skipper. He loves taking notes for Skipper, and also makes good tuna smoothies, with "love". Private also loves peanut butter winkies and butterscotch lollies like the others. Sometimes he knows what's going in the zoo while the others didn't realize that.|
|Marlene, the Asian Otter (Nicole Sullivan): She dislikes the idea of being a damsel in distress and receiving help from the penguins. Marlene is afraid of going outside and tries to stay neutral between the feud of the penguins and lemurs. Sometime she knows what's going on and helps Skipper like in " Haunted Habitat". She can be a nice, positive mammel, but annoyed with Skipper in some episodes. Marlene can be paranoid when facing the unknown like Skipper.|
|King Julien XIII, Lord-of-the-Lemurs (Danny Jacobs): The ring-tailed lemur and a former self-proclaimed lemur king with his helpers: Mort and Maurice. He' s party animal who's annoying to everyone except Mort. He is also the series' main antagonist. Julien likes to order the lemurs duties and sometimes cares about himself instead of others. He wears a leafy crown and sits on a thone which makes him the king ( he thought). Also Julien causes the animals distress, but he saves them when he changes his heart.|
|Maurice, the Aye Aye Lemur (Kevin Michael Richardson). The assistant of Julien who also helps Mort. He is annoyed by "the king" and secretly torture him. Sometimes Maurice is right and try to make things better while Julien is talking or making nonsense, but he swore to be his servent for life. When trouble happen, he goes to the penguins for help while Julien doesn't.|
|Mort (Andy Richter) is a goodman's mouse Lemur. His logic is exactly opposite to that of Maurice. He is very innocent and often takes naive decisions and conclusions just like King Julian. Infact who despises him but still wants him around. Mort worships Julian as God and loves his feet and tries not to miss any opportunity to hug them.|
|Season||Episodes||Season Premiere||Season Finale|
|Season 1||48||November 29, 2008||November 27, 2010|
|Season 2||68||March 13, 2010||March 31, 2012|
|Season 3||33||April 16, 2012||December 19, 2013|
In the summer of 2007, Nickelodeon and DreamWorks Animation announced that they would collaborate to create a Nicktoon based on the Madagascar films. The new series would star the Penguins from the film series. Nothing had been confirmed on what the series was about, until November 2007.
Nickelodeon advertised a sneak peek of the series (along with The Mighty B! and Making Fiends) on November 25, 2007, as part of that year's Superstuffed Nicktoons Weekend. The Penguins of Madagascar was teased to air in 2008, but was delayed at least twice, most likely due to Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa being delayed to November 7, 2008. On November 28, 2008, Nickelodeon aired the pilot episode, "Gone in a Flash", as a sneak peek. Some copies of the Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa DVD came with an extra disc featuring the show's first full episode.
The series was produced at the Nickelodeon Animation Studio in Burbank, California, with animation being carried out in India, New Zealand and Taiwan. Both Nickelodeon and DreamWorks Animation were planning on a 26-episode season for Season 1, but then the episode number ended up at 46.
- Nickelodeon (original run November 28, 2008-December 19, 2013; reruns February 15-March 15, 2015)
- NickToons (November 29, 2008-October 9, 2016; December 25, 2016 ["The All Nighter Before Christmas"])
- → Main article: The Penguins of Madagascar videography
The series' first DVD release, simply titled The Penguins of Madagascar and containing the two segments that made up the first episode, was released exclusively in a 2-pack with some copies of the DVD for Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa. Nine more DVDs of the show were released from 2010 to 2014. Most recently, five select episodes were included on Universal Studios Home Entertainment's Madagascar: The Ultimate Collection DVD and Blu-ray sets in 2019.
The series received mixed to positive to critical acclaim reviews from critics and fans of the movies. While it has been praised for creativity, it was criticized by several fans of the franchise for not capturing the feel of the movies, having cheap animation, boring stories and for rewriting and flanderizing the characters' personalities (especially Julien). However, many fans of the franchise have praised it for being faithful to the source material, a funny premise, an all star cast, and even some great action scenes.
The series was nominated for Favorite Cartoon in the Kids' Choice Awards in 2010 and 2011, but did not win.
- Although "Gone in a Flash" is considered the series' official pilot episode, the show finds its roots in the theatrical short A Christmas Caper, which originally accompanied Wallace & Gromit in Curse of the Were-Rabbit in theaters and later appeared as a bonus feature on the first Madagascar movie's DVD. When Nickelodeon first advertised the show during Superstuffed Nicktoons Weekend in 2007, clips from the short were used.
- Only four of the show's episodes - "Tunnel of Love", "Goodnight and GoodChuck", "P.E.L.T.", and "The Penguin Who Loved Me" - have never been released on home video in any form outside of the "Complete Series" collection on Amazon Instant Video, and a few on-demand releases such as Xfinity.
- Strangely Enough, while The last four episodes aired specifically on Nick in December of 2013 Internationally, they weren’t airing in the US Television until sporadically on the NickToons network throughout 2015 as part of reruns. ==References==