I'll come outright and say it. This show is better than the movie.
With a blistering pace, one liners coming a mile a minute, an assortment supporting characters and dialogue that really deserves more credit then it gets. Penguins of Madagascar has surpassed the big screen franchise that birthed it.
The thing that surprised me the most was the fact that prior knowledge of animated movies is a none issue. When you start watching, you can instantly tell where the characters fit into the show and they pretty much have separated themselves from the movies, I only remember one reference and it was a joke that was funny even if you hadn't seen the movie.
But the main thing PoM was managed to accomplish that the films could not, is defining the characters. Skipper was really the only clear personality, the others were just, labeled as engineer, crazy weapons guy and soft/naive rookie. While these are whatKowalski, Rico and Private are essentially, they have become so much more then just a conduit for silly one liners.