The Penguins of Madagascar is an American CGI TV show broadcast on Nickelodeon, starring the Penguins from the Madagascar franchise. A pilot episode, Gone in a Flash, aired part of Super Stuffed Nicktoons Weekend on November 29, 2008 before a new episode of SpongeBob SquarePants, and it became a regular series in March 2009. Nickelodeon ordered 26 episodes for season 1 and in January 2009 ordered a second season of 26 episodes, bringing the total to 52. The series premiere drew 6.1 million viewers.
It should be noted that this series doesn't take place before or after the films or specials; it takes place in another universe and is non-canon to the rest of the franchise. Many years later, DreamWorks Animation produced another Madagascar series in a form of a spin-off to this show, titled All Hail King Julian, which was available for streaming on Netflix, and now for television broadcast on Universal Kids (formerly Sprout).
In a situation largely non-canon 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 villain of the show. Now the penguins must keep control of the Central Park Zoo despite the lemur's antics.
|The Pengüins of Madagascar Episode Lists|
|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, 2015|
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 is about, until November 2007.
At first, in November 2007,Nickelodeon advertised a sneak peak of three new Nicktoons coming to Nicklodeon, The Mighty B!, Making Fiends, and The Penguins of Madagascar all on November 25, 2007 part of Superstuffed Nicktoons Weekend. Then December 2007, Nickelodeon had advertised many events that were going to premiere on Nickelodeon in 2008 (The Mighty B!, Fairly OddBaby, The Penguins of Madagascar, 2008 Kids' Choice Awards, The Naked Brothers Band, and "SpongeBob SquarePants (Season 5)". Since then, The Penguins of Madagascar had been delayed at least twice in 2008, and saw a debut in March 2009, most likely due to Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa being delayed to November 7, 2008. On November 28, 2008, Nickelodeon aired an episode from the series as a sneak peek. The Double DVD Pack of Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa includes an early DVD of the show.
Nickelodeon Debut (2009-2010)
After some delays of the series to air, The Penguins of Madagascar is currently being broadcast for a Nickelodeon. The series is produced at the Nickelodeon Animation Studio in Burbank, California. Though Making Fiends and Random! Cartoons were sent to Nicktoons, with a failure to premiere on Nickelodeon, the Penguins of Madagascar was still going be aired on Nickelodeon. Both Nickelodeon and DreamWorks Animation are planned on a 26 episode season. The Penguins of Madagascar aired after the 2009 Kids' Choice Awards on March 28, 2009 at 9:30pm ET/PT. It ended on December 19th, 2015.
The series received mixed reviews from critics and fans of the movies. While it has been praised for creativity, it was criticized by many 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).
- The Penguins of Madagascar at the Internet Movie Database.
- The Penguins of Madagascar at TV.com
- Penguins of Madagascar Preview on Kidzworld.com
- Penguins/Madagascar Wikia