The popular penguins from DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar are ready for their feature-length DVD debut with “The Penguins Of Madagascar – Operation: DVD Premiere!” set for release February 9, 2010.
The Penguins Of Madagascar – Operation: DVD Premiere! is presented in widescreen with Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround, English 2.0 Surround, French 5.1 Surround and Spanish 2.0 Surround and English, French and Spanish subtitles. Running 120 minutes, the DVD features all-new, never-before-seen missions as well as several fan-favorites from the Nickelodeon TV series.
Additional features include exclusive access to Nick.com’s The Penguins Of Madagascar: The Devious Dr. Blowhole game, as well as special sneak peeks at upcoming DreamWorks Animation and Nickelodeon releases including How To Train Your Dragon, Shrek Forever After, Po’s Kung Fu Panda Virtual World, The Madagascar Story So Far, More of The Penguins of Madagascar and Fan Boy Chum Chum, plus the DreamWorks Animation Video Jukebox.
NBC has joined with DreamWorks Animation to air two all-new animated holiday television specials based on the studio’s feature films, “Monsters vs. Aliens” and “Madagascar,” both featuring many of the characters as voiced by the original talent from the films.
The first of the 30-minute specials is titled, “Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space.” It features the voices of cast members Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogen, Hugh Laurie, Will Arnett, Kiefer Sutherland and Rainn Wilson. The special is set to air on Wednesday, October 28 (8-8:30 p.m. ET, repeating from 8:30-9 p.m. ET). The second special, “Merry Madagascar,” is scheduled to broadcast on Tuesday, November 17 (8-8:30 p.m. ET) and repeat on Saturday, November 28 (8-8:30 p.m. ET) just before the holiday season.
According to studio estimates Sunday, the animated sequel “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” was the number one movie at theaters this weekend with $63.5 million. The first “Madagascar” movie debuted with $61 million over the four day Memorial Day weekend in 2005.
1. “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa,” $63.5 million.
2. “Role Models,” $19.3 million.
3. “High School Musical 3: Senior Year,” $9.3 million.
4. “Changeling,” $7.3 million.
5. “Zack and Miri Make a Porno,” $6.5 million.
6. “Soul Men,” $5.6 million.
7. “Saw V,” $4.2 million.
8. “The Haunting of Molly Hartley,” $3.5 million.
9. “The Secret Life of Bees,” $3.1 million.
10. “Eagle Eye,” $2.6 million.
Grammy-award winning will.i.am, frontman and producer of The Black Eyed Peas, is teaming with Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer for DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.
In addition to completing his first full-length motion picture soundtrack album collaboration, penning four brand new original songs (and the instrumental score), will.i.am will also be doing double-duty as the voice of a new character, Moto Moto.
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, the album, is set for a November 4 release in the physical and digital marketplace on the will.i.am Music Group/Interscope label. The movie, a Paramount Pictures release, opens nationwide on Friday, November 7.
DreamWorks Animation has announced that the IMAX run of Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa has been extended to include the Thanksgiving holiday, and will run into December. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa will be digitally re-mastered for IMAX and play for a full run in IMAX theatres, including select new IMAX Digital theatres.
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africaa joins four other DreamWorks Animation movies previously announced and/or released on IMAX, including Kung Fu Panda, released on June 6, 2008, as well as DreamWorks Animation’s first three 3D titles, Monsters vs. Aliens (March 2009), How to Train Your Dragon (March 2010), and Shrek Goes Fourth (May 2010).
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa opens on November 7 in North America.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that DreamWorks Animation will likely produce MADAGASCAR 3 as well as KUNG FU PANDA 2. No susprises here. After all, DreamWorks Animation is the same company who has plans for FIVE Shrek movies… Looks like Jack Black and Ben Stiller are in for some huge paychecks.
The announcement was made by DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg at a preview Wednesday of the upcoming MADAGASCAR: ESCAPE 2 AFRICA, in theaters November 7.