The Penguins of Madagascar

Season 1 Episode 1a

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Aired Saturday 10:00 AM Mar 28, 2009 on Nickelodeon
8.6
out of 10
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35 votes
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Episode Summary

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Skipper and the gang all decide to go on a vacation after setting off a burglar alarm, Skipper is banned from Denmark though, so they all end up going to the moon, where they meet an alley cat looking for food, but the penguins think he's a moon cat at first.

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  • Depicts a cat trying to shove a penguin into a microwave oven, making a game of it. This show aired in a time slot and on a channel that small children watch at breakfast time. Do not let your children watch this program.moreless

    1.0
    Episode was aired in poor taste. It was right after my 4-year-old son has eaten his breakfast. We had turned on Nickelodeon so he could watch some morning cartoons. "Penguins of Madagascar -- Launchtime" came on. I did not think the cartoon was that great. Toward the end, a cat tricks the penguins into thinking they're on the moon, and invites them to his house for a 'meal.' Three of the penguins sit at the table waiting for food while the cat tries to shove a fourth one into a microwave oven. It is very clear that they are making a game of it. When I realized what was going on and that my four-year-old was watching wide-eyed, I turned the show off in horror.



    I immediately drafted a letter to Nickelodeon's parent company Viacom voicing my dismay and I'm anticipating their response.



    Do not let your little ones watch this show! If they have seen it make sure your microwave is not accessible. Airing this episode to an audience of children was truly villainous.moreless
  • Great, but rushed episode

    8.0
    Skipper and the gang all decide to go on a vacation after setting off a burglar alarm, Skipper is banned from Denmark though, so they all end up going to the moon, where they meet an alley cat looking for food, but the penguins think he's a moon cat at first. I thought this episode was great, but it kinda felt rushed, especially in the middle, which lowers my score a lot and the episode bored me in some parts. I thought the beginning was hilarious when the lemurs got in the penguins' way. The penguins moving slowly and then going fast was funny. The lemursvisitingthe penguins' HQ and getting trapped was very funny as well. Thepigeon'sappearance was good. It was hilarious when Max wish that the rocket (which he thoughts it was a shooting star) didn't falling on him. The ending was funny when the lemurs stole the penguins' TV and then Rico stops them. Overall, a great episode of POM, but it got boring and rushed in the middle. 8/10moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When the "Moon cat" says "It's time to eat!" He has a fork and a knife in both hands. Later when he makes the knocking sound on the side of the box,the fork and knife dissapear.

    • Why do the Penguins lose their hospitality when they learn the cat wasn't from the moon? He was still very nice to them, so why does where he lives matter?

    • How could Skipper crush a golf ball? Even a human wouldn't be strong to do so, let alone a penguin.

  • QUOTES (21)

  • NOTES (10)

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • Wallace and Gromit in a Grand Day Out

      The penguins building a rocket to go to the moon for a holiday is kind of similar to the 1989 stop-motion animated short 'Wallace and Gromit in a Grand Day Out' where Wallace and Gromit build a rocket to go to the moon for a holiday. However, The penguins failed to get to the moon while Wallace and Gromit successfully got to the moon.

    • The plot of this episode is kind of like the episode of SpongeBob SquarePants "Sandy's Rocket", where SpongeBob and Patrick steal Sandy's rocket and go to the moon. However, they end up in Bikini Bottom and think it is the moon. In this episode, the Penguins build a rocket and go to the moon, but they end up landing on a building where they think it is the moon.

    • The scene where the penguins are walking into there rocket while wearing their astronaut helmets is a parody of the famous walking astronaut scene from The Right Stuff.

    • Movie The Sound of music allusion:

      After private says: "But Earth has some of my favorite things, like cookies, and Oxygen." Then Skipper says an allusion from the movie The Sound of Music: "and brown paper packages tied up with string."

    • Episode Pun: Lunchtime

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