My Top 5 Favorite Nicktoons: 2. The Penguins of Madagascar

2. Penguins of Madagascar

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The Penguins of Madagascar is a spin-off of the Madagascar films. The show is about the adventures of four penguins; Skipper, Rico, Kowalski and Private, who perform various military-like missions to protect their home in the Central Park Zoo. They often deal with problems caused or exacerbated by King Julien, a ring-tailed lemur; Maurice, an aye-aye and Mort, a mouse lemur.

The first element of the show that I enjoy is the interactions between the four penguins and how very different each of their personalities are. Having four very unique characters makes the show more interesting and leads to plots that are fun to watch and plans that could go haywire at any minute.

Skipper is the leader and devises tactics and gives orders. Due to Skipper being overly paranoid and having experience in covert ops it has caused him to view ordinary activities as military activities and to prepare for almost any situation that could happen.

Rico is the team’s weapons and explosives specialist. He communicates mainly through grunts and squeals but has been known to speak normally on occasion. Slighty unhinged and referred to as a psychopath in several episodes, he swallows useful tools, such as dynamite, and regurgitates them when needed.

Kowalski is a brilliant inventor but can’t read. He tends to over-analyze situations and creates amazing devices which have been known to put the team in danger.

Private is emotionally sensitive, the rookie of the team and younger and less experienced than the other penguins. He tends to offer simpler solutions in response to Skipper and Kowalski’s complex startegies. Private speaks in a British accent as opposed to Skipper and Kowalski’s American accents.

Another element of the show that I enjoy is the character of King Julien. He is a fun loving and narcissistic ring-tailed lemur. King Julien is conceited and has no concern for others, even his royal subjects; Maurice and Mort. He often misinterprets figures of speech and uses incorrect words in place of a word with a similar sound. Julien considers himself to be king over all animals but is oblivious to their dislike of him.

His personality is the biggest reason I like him and consider him an integral part of the show. The way he interacts with other characters and the problems he causes leads to many laughs and great plots.

The last element of the show that I enjoy is when all the zoo animals interact with each other. Other zoo characters include Marlene, a female otter; Mason and Phil, two intelligent chimpanzees; Bada and Bing, two gorillas who enjoy to fight and Joey, an anti-social kangaroo with a passion for boxing.

I like seeing other characters besides King Julien, Maurice and Mort involved in the penguins’ missions because we get to learn more about them. The other character involved with the penguins the most though is Marlene. She is often neutral and doesn’t take sides between the penguins and the lemurs. By being a levelheaded, feminine voice of reason, she is a counterpoint to Skipper’s masculine, covert-ops character.

Just like I said a few days ago about CatDog, The Penguins of Madagascar is also an ensemble show and every character adds to it in some way. But really isn’t that what we want in every show we watch, the characters and plots coming together to improve the quality of the show and making it enjoyable to watch.

Future of the Madagascar penguins:

Even though this show is no longer in production, Nickelodeon U.S.A. still has 2, 30 minute specials and 3, regular length episodes left to air. So that’s something to look forward to whether they air on Nickelodeon or Nicktoons. The other big news is that The Penguins of Madagascar movie is coming out in theaters March 27th, 2015. Although it won’t be directly related to the tv series the penguins’ will be like there Madagascar film counterparts I assume.

Places to watch it: Nickelodeon, Nicktoons and episodes can be purchased on Amazon Instant Video, iTunes and Google Play.

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