Penguins of Madagascar

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(2014) ★★★

Sky Movies Premiere: PREMIERE Friday 23 October, 3.45pm and 8pm

DreamWorks’ comical penguin quartet – Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private – pick up the pace with the North Wind, an elite interspecies Antarctic task force led by Benedict Cumberbatch’s pompous wolf: “No one breaks the Wind!” John Malkovich’s super-villain – an ugly purple octopus called Dave – aims to do just that on his way to world domination with his gloopy green Medusa Serum.

Referencing Bond movies from Goldfinger to Quantum of Solace (via Octopussy, of course), this colourfully animated action flashes from a gonzo gondola chase in Venice to a splash and crash in Shanghai. It may not be as cinematically savvy as Surf’s Up but it’s consistently funny, with Tom McGrath’s Skipper an unflappable hero even after stepping on the North Wind HQ self-destruct button: “You know, you really should label these things.”

And the prologue has our happy-feet foursome as fluffy youngsters. Immeasurable cuteness, right there. Frosty mugs of herring juice all round, hold the Cheezy Dibbles.

Certificate: U

Duration: 92min

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