Top Half Dozen Penguin Movies Of All Time

With the arrival of Mr. Popper’s Penguins in theaters today not withstanding here are the Penguin Posts list of the top 6 Penguin Movies of all time. Honorable mention goes to the 1995 musical The Pebble and The Penguin and the 1993 award winning short The Wrong Trousers.

#6 Billy Madison: In Adam Sandler’s film, the title character is haunted by visions of a mysterious human-sized penguin. Possibly the result of a combination of sunstroke caused by alcohol consumption, the penguin appears several times and adds to the questionable nature of Madison’s sanity. Two separate actors are credited with playing the role of Penguin in the Tamra Davis-directed movie that helped cement Sandler as a star outside of his “Saturday Night Live” exploits.

Choice Quotation:
Billy Madison (Sandler): [Drunk, he sees a fake a penguin] It’s too damn hot for a penguin to be just walkin’ around here. I gotta send him back to the South Pole.

#5 Surf’s Up:  Never before has the sport of surfing been so fully explored by penguins as in the 2007 film “Surf’s Up.” Starring the voices of Jeff Bridges, Zooey Deschanel, Jon Heder and Shia LaBeouf, the “major ocean picture,” directed by Ash Brannon and Chris Buck, followed the story of LaBeouf’s Cody Maverick on his quest to become the greatest Penguin World Surfing Champion of all time. Kelly Slater and Rob Machado enjoyed penguin-ed cameos.

Choice Quotation:
Lani Aliikai (Deschanel): Can I ask you something personal?
Cody Maverick: Lani, we’re in the shower together! Y’can say whatever you want.

#4 Batman Returns: Directed by the inimitable Tim Burton, “Batman Returns” is the sequel to the movie franchise/merchandise machine kick-started in 1989. In “Batman Returns,” Michael Keaton’s Batman battles Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer) and Penguin (Danny DeVito). DeVito’s dark version of Penguin was a deformed monster who spent his time hanging out in the sewers of Gotham City. Of course, Penguin kept company with plenty of actual penguins (some of whom were cool enough to have backpack rocket launchers).

Choice Quotation:
Fat Clown (Travis McKenna): Penguin … I mean, killing sleeping children — isn’t it that a little, uh …
[Penguin grabs an umbrella and shoots Henchman dead]
Penguin: No! It’s a lot “uh”!

#3 Madagascar: Voiced by Tom McGrath (the film’s writer-director), Chris Miller, John DiMaggio and Christopher Knights, the penguins are complicit in the plot to break out of New York Central Park Zoo that ends up getting the escaped animals stuck in Madagascar. The film, co-directed by Eric Darnell, earned more than $500 million in worldwide box office, which ensured a sequel ($600 million worldwide); a third film is slated for Summer 2012. The penguins themselves were so popular that they were spun off into their own short film, “The Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper” and ultimately earned their own Nickelodeon series.
Choice Quotation:
Private the Penguin (Knights): Skipper. Shouldn’t we tell them that the boat is out of gas?
Skipper the Penguin (McGrath): Nah! Just smile and wave, boys. Smile and wave.


#2 March Of The Penguins: Directed by Luc Jacquet, this 2005 documentary follows the arduous annual journey of the emperor penguins of Antarctica. Famously narrated by Morgan Freeman (in the English version), the G-rated film took audiences by surprise and grossed more than $125 million worldwide. The film’s critical acclaim resulted in a win at the Academy Awards for Best Documentary Feature and a spoof by Bob Saget titled “The Farce of the Penguins.”

Choice Quotation:
Freeman: There is a mysterious ritual that dates back thousands of years. No living creature has survived it except the penguin. They have wings but cannot fly. They’re birds that think they’re fish.

#1 Happy Feet: The musical prowess of penguins is fully explored in George Miller’s “Happy Feet,” which grossed close to $200 million in domestic box office back in 2006. Following the story of Mumble (voiced by Elijah Wood), audiences discovered that when penguins can’t sing, they logically turn to tap dancing. “Happy Feet” won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2006 and was dedicated to the memory of “The Crocodile Hunter,” Steve Irwin. “Happy Feet 2 in 3D” is slated for release on November 18.

Choice Quotation:
Ramón: [After hearing Mumble sing] Yeah, I heard an animal once do that, but then they rolled him over and he was dead.

The musical prowess of penguins is fully explored in George Miller’s “Happy Feet,” which grossed close to $200 million in domestic box office back in 2006. Following the story of Mumble (voiced by Elijah Wood), audiences discovered that when penguins can’t sing, they logically turn to tap dancing. “Happy Feet” won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2006 and was dedicated to the memory of “The Crocodile Hunter,” Steve Irwin. “Happy Feet 2 in 3D” is slated for release on November 18.

Choice Quotation:
Ramón: [After hearing Mumble sing] Yeah, I heard an animal once do that, but then they rolled him over and he was dead.

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