It is amazing to me that a standalone movie wasn’t made for these characters sooner, more so given the popularity of the TV show on Nickelodeon. I always get a little nostalgic when I see the show on TV, and it always gives me a jolt hearing the voices that don’t match when watching the movie. I am more familiar with the TV show than the movie version of the characters and that is mostly about the voices.
The story is absurd, at best. The most I remember is that my mom made enchiladas last night and that was what I had before I went to the movies. That’s right, the plot and story are that forgettable. Did I laugh? Of course. Did I cry? This is Hina we’re talking about, I cry watching feel good commercials. That’s a yes. The animated versions of the penguins are, of course, adorable, but the story is barely passable. This had a mix of for kids and for adults content, but overall, it never really came together in a meaningful way, which is about what I expect from Dreamworks.
The origin story of the penguins is where the movie starts and it goes through a somewhat laughable plot of a jilted Octopus (played by John Malkovich) who is trying to make all penguins ugly so he won’t seem as grotesque in comparison. Along the way, the penguins meet up with another covert team led by a dog (Benedict Cumberbatch) who is only mildly amusing. I thought the whole additional team was boring and I’m not sure why everyone raves so much about Cumberbatch. The best I can say is, if you’ve got kids, you’ll probably end up seeing this. If you’re an adult, then you can probably wait for the DVD or TV showing of it. I enjoyed some of the jokes, but it just felt forced throughout.