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Encyclopedia > The Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper
Kowalski, Skipper, and Rico (with his dynamite)
Kowalski, Skipper, and Rico (with his dynamite)

The Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper is a computer-animated short produced by DreamWorks Animation (with soundtrack by Media Ventures young-gun James Dooley), released in movie theatres and on DVD in 2005. The 12-minute film showcases the adventures of four penguins, sometimes known as the Madagascar Penguins, who live in the Central Park Zoo and are trained as spies. Image File history File links Madagascar_Penguins. ... Image File history File links Madagascar_Penguins. ... Computer animation is the art of creating moving images via the use of computers. ... The DreamWorks Animation logo, an angling boy sitting on the Moons crescent DreamWorks Animation SKG (NYSE: DWA) is an American animation studio, producing primarily feature animated films. ... Media Ventures is the former joint-venture between Hans Zimmer and Jay Rifkin. ... There have been several people named James Dooley: James H. Dooley (1841-1922) was a Virginia lawyer James Dooley (Australian politician) (1877-1950) was twice premier of New South Wales in the early 1920s. ... A typical megaplex (AMC Ontario Mills 30 in Ontario, California). ... DVD (Digital Versatile Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ... This is a list of film-related events in 2005. ... Kowalski, Skipper, and Rico (with his dynamite) The Madagascar Penguins, from the film, Madagascar, are a group of four penguins who believe they are spies. ... The Central Park Zoo is located in Central Park in New York City. ... Spies may refer to: Spies (Coldplay), a song by the rock group Coldplay. ...

It premiered in theaters on October 7, 2005 with the stop-motion film, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. The short was later included on the Madagascar DVD, which was released on November 15, 2005. October 7 is the 280th day of the year (281st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... DVD (Digital Versatile Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ... November 15 is the 319th day of the year (320th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 46 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

The short was directed by animation veteran Gary Trousdale, produced by Teresa Cheng, and written by Michael Lachance. Gary Trousdale (born in La Crescenta, California) is the director of such movies as Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), and Cranium Command (1989). ...



Skipper as seen in the short.
Skipper as seen in the short.

In the story, the youngest penguin on the team, Private, slips out of the zoo on Christmas Eve to find a present for a lonely polar bear named Ted. While roaming the streets of Manhattan, he is captured by an old lady who mistakes him for a chew toy for her vicious dog, Mr Chew. The other three penguins, Skipper, Kowalski, and Rico, rescue Private from the old lady's apartment before it's too late. Image File history File links Skipper. ... Image File history File links Skipper. ... The Christmas Eve (1904-05), watercolor painting by the Swedish painter Carl Larsson (1853-1919) Christmas Eve, the evening of December 24th, the preceding day or vigil before Christmas Day, is treated to a greater or a lesser extent in most Christian societies as part of the Christmas season. ... The Borough of Manhattan, highlighted in yellow, lies between the East River and the Hudson River. ...

Voice cast

  • Tom McGrath .... Skipper
  • Chris Miller .... Kowalski
  • Christopher Knights .... Private
  • John DiMaggio .... Rico
  • Elisa Gabrielli .... Old Lady
  • Bill Fagerbakke .... Ted the Polar Bear
  • Sean Bishop .... Doorman, TV Announcer
  • Mitch Carter .... Additional Voice
  • Rif Hutton .... Additional Voice
  • Richard Miro .... Additional Voice
  • Hope Levy .... Additional Voice
  • Lynnanne Zager .... Additional Voice
  • Manel Fuentes .... Skipper (Castilian version) (uncredited)

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  • The old lady who captures Private in this short film also played a cameo part in Madagascar as the lady who beat up Alex the lion (and Melman the giraffe briefly) with her bag in Grand Central Terminal.
  • This is the first time Rico, one of the penguin characters from Madagascar, speaks English saying "eggnog" and later "kaboom" (since the Hewlett-Packard advert starring the penguins).
  • Gloria's name isn't mentioned throughout the entire short film, but Marty, Alex and Melman are.
  • An Alex the lion toy can be seen in the old lady's room.
  • Rico has changed in this short. He has a scar, he's mad and he's got spikey hair.
  • During the scene where Private gets catapulted from the Christmas tree and crashes in the kitchen, the announcer from the TV says "...and Ryan is down!" This could be a very subtle reference to Private Ryan.
  • During the sing-along at the end, look closely at the penguins. (They're on the gate that surrounds their habitat.) Look on the right to see one of the penguins dancing with the bowling pin Skipper mistook as Private.
  • During the fight with the poodle, slow motion is used, as well as Skipper gesturing with his hand, alluding to The Matrix.

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Animals Featured

Binomial name Pygoscelis adeliae (Hombron & Jacquinot, 1841) The Adélie Penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) is, together with the Emperor Penguin, one of the only two types of penguin living on the Antarctic mainland. ... Binomial name Ursus maritimus Phipps, 1774 The polar bear (Ursus maritimus), also known as the white bear, northern bear, or sea bear, is a large bear native to the Arctic. ... Trinomial name Canis lupus familiaris The dog is a mammal in the order Carnivora. ... Trinomial name Homo sapiens sapiens Linnaeus, 1758 Humans, or human beings, are bipedal apes belonging to the mammalian species Homo sapiens (Latin for wise man or knowing man) under the family Hominidae (known as the great apes). ... Binomial name Panthera leo (Linnaeus, 1758) Synonyms Felis leo (Linnaeus, 1758) The lion (Panthera leo) is a mammal of the family Felidae and one of four big cats in the genus Panthera. ... Species Equus zebra Equus hartmannae Equus quagga Equus grevyi The Zebra is a part of the horse family, Equidae, native to central and southern Africa. ... Binomial name Giraffa camelopardalis Linnaeus, 1758 The Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) is an African even-toed ungulate mammal, the tallest of all land-living animal species. ... Binomial name Hippopotamus amphibius Linnaeus, 1758 The Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius), from the Greek ‘ιπποπόταμος (hippopotamos, hippos meaning horse and potamos meaning river), is a large, plant-eating African mammal, one of only two extant, and three or four recently extinct, species in the family Hippopotamidae. ... For other uses, see Monkey (disambiguation). ... Type Species Simia troglodytes Blumenbach, 1775 Species Pan troglodytes Pan paniscus Chimpanzee, often shortened to chimp, is the common name for the two extant species in the genus Pan. ... Genera Mecistops Crocodylus Osteolaemus See full taxonomy. ... Genera Ceratotherium Dicerorhinus Diceros Rhinoceros Coelodonta (extinct) Elasmotherium (extinct) Height Comparison of Extant Rhinoceros Species. ... Genera and Species Loxodonta Loxodonta cyclotis Loxodonta africana Elephas Elephas maximus Elephas antiquus † Elephas beyeri † Elephas celebensis † Elephas cypriotes † Elephas ekorensis † Elephas falconeri † Elephas iolensis † Elephas planifrons † Elephas platycephalus † Elephas recki † Stegodon † Mammuthus † Elephantidae (the elephants) is a family of pachyderm, and the only remaining family in the order Proboscidea... Species Camelus bactrianus Camelus dromedarius Camels are even-toed ungulates in the genus Camelus. ...

Running Gags

  • Rico is constantly regurgitating a piece of dynamite out of his stomach and asking Skipper's permission to use it.
  • Nobody except Skipper knows the "penguin credo" - "never swim alone." – The other penguins also confuse the Walrus credo ("Ha-da-da, ha-da-da doo-da dee-da!") with the other Penguin credo - "never bathe in hot oil and Bisquick."
  • In an attempt to get a better view of Private while on the streets of New York, Skipper, Rico and Kowalski try to blend in with passing Catholic nuns.
  • During the battle, Skipper uses Rico as a machine gun for cover fire, using swallowed candy canes as bullets.

Cooking oil is purified fat of plant or animal origin, which is liquid at room temperature. ... Bisquick is a pre-mixed baking product made by General Mills consisting of flour, sugar, vegetable shortening, salt, powdered milk and leavening soda. ... In general, a nun is a female ascetic who chooses to voluntarily leave the world and live her life in prayer and contemplation in a monastery or convent. ... A machine gun is a fully-automatic firearm that is capable of firing bullets in rapid succession. ...

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