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Review: The Penguins of Madagascar "Operation: DVD Premiere"

On February 9th, Dreamworks Animations and Paramount Home Entertainment released The Penguins of Madagascar - Operation: DVD Premiere. This 130-minute DVD is packed full of penguin adventures, including some never-before-seen missions.

Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, and Private branched out on their own animated series on Nickelodeon after being a big hit in the film Madagascar and its two sequels. This foursome of penguins possess commando abilities and have formed an organized strike team in the television series.

Our 6yr old enjoyed these missions very much and I even heard him laugh out loud several times. This DVD is likely to be entertaining for children 5 and up, but it does not hold the interest well of those who are younger for a few reasons. The plot in each episode is pretty fast paced, so it is difficult to follow unless the DVD has your undivided attention. There are references to classic shows, such as Welcome Back Kotter and Mission Impossible that only adults would understand. Also, it is unlikely that a preschooler could sit through a DVD that is over two hours in length.

Ultimately, if your child enjoys the animated television series The Penguins of Madagascar, then he or she will enjoy Operation: DVD Premiere. Some of the bonus features include exclusive access to an online game on, a series of DVD sneak peaks, and a Dreamworks Animation Video Jukebox. The last one was my family's favorite, especially the Kungfu Panda music video.

You should be able to find this DVD most places where Dreamworks DVDs are sold, such as, Walmart, Target, and Borders.

Thank you to Click Communications for providing us with a sample DVD free of charge to base this review upon.