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The Penguins of Madagascar: Operation Blowhole

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Crafty penguins' antics will appeal to kids and adults.

Movie NR 2012 73 minutes
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age 7+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 6+

Silly, good music, nothing objectionable

It's silly, but there's nothing objectionable. I think they added Neil Patrick Harris's power-ballad solo to appeal to Gen-X (and presumably early millennial) parents. My 7-year-old enjoyed the song but didn't find it as funny as I did!
age 8+

Better than most Penguins of Madagascar

I find the Madagascar franchise to be somewhat hit-or-miss, but this one is outstanding. It starts out with the usual inane plot but culminates in a hilarious musical number driven by Neil Patrick Harris' Blowhole character. I chose age 8 just because of typical cartoon violence, laser beams shooting at the animals and lots of explosions, but nothing terrible. I highly recommend this one. Our kids, ages 8 and 11, loved it -- they love all of the Madagascar shows.

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Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

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Part comedy, part spy thriller, and now part musical, this addition to the crafty penguins' resume ramps up the wackiness in crowd-pleasing style. There are still plenty of hilarious spoofs on spy dramas and secret agents, but this special takes unpredictability to a whole new level by throwing in show-stopping ballads and group song-and-dance numbers as well.

This is whole-family entertainment at its best. The well-rounded characterizations, sharp dialogue, and seamless union of physical gags and adult humor make it fun for both parents and kids. If you plan to tune in with your youngest tots, though, you may want to prep them for a number of startling appearances by a disembodied head from Blowhole's Segway, which can be frightening if you're not expecting it.

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