The Penguins of Madagascar Premieres Saturday, March 28 at 9:30 p.m. Following Nickelodeon’s 22nd Annual Kids’ Choice Awards!
About The Show:
The series features the all-new adventures of Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private, four penguins who take command at their Central Park Zoo home. While the brothers have their flippers full keeping their multi-species zoo neighborhood happy, at times their secret missions beckon them to venture out to New York City’s busy subways and sewer systems. Just as the team thinks it has its urban acreage under control, a new neighbor moves in next door: Julien, a party animal and self-proclaimed “King of the Lemurs,” with an entourage and overactive ego. Throughout the season, new animals will be introduced as well as old friends from the “Madagascar” theatrical films.
In the premiere episode, “Launchtime” (airing March 28) finds the penguins vacationing on the Moon after being completely frustrated by their pushy, loud and obnoxious lemur neighbors. As they arrive by homemade rocket, they meet a “moon cat” who has strange plans for Skipper and the penguins. Also in this episode, “Haunted Habitat” introduces viewers to Marlene, the otter, who is awakened by a spooky noise. She and Skipper then travel down to the sewer below the zoo and confront the mysterious “monster” to stop its creepy howling for good.
The network will then feature two weeks of primetime premieres weeknights at 8:00 – 8:30 PM (ET/PT) from Monday, March 30, through Friday, April 10. Andy Richter (Late Night with Conan O’ Brien) and Tom McGrath (co-created the penguins characters and directed both Madagascar films) reprise their roles as Mort and Skipper from the feature films, and Nicole Sullivan(MadTV) rounds out the ensemble voice-over cast.
In support of the launch, TurboNick, the network’s broadband player, will stream Instant Replays of episodes post premiere, as well as short form content. Nick.com will also roll out The Penguins of Madagascar-themed mini site (Nick.com/penguins) that will feature a personality quiz, e-cards, downloads, printables and messages boards. For three weeks prior to the premiere of The Penguins of Madagascar the mini site will launch a new mini-game each week. The games will enlist players to help the penguins create devices and vehicles that will get them to the Kids’ Choice Awards on time. The site will also feature several Games of the Week throughout 2009.