- Director:Gary Trousdale
- Writer:Michael Lachance
- Cast:Tom McGrath,Chris Miller,Christopher Knights
|Complete credited cast:|
|Tom McGrath||-||Skipper (voice)|
|Chris Miller||-||Kowalski (voice)|
|Christopher Knights||-||Private (voice)|
|John DiMaggio||-||Rico (voice)|
|Elisa Gabrielli||-||Old Lady (voice)|
|Bill Fagerbakke||-||Ted the Polar Bear (voice)|
|Sean Bishop||-||Doorman / TV Announcer (voice)|
This short was played in theaters with the feature film, Wallace & Gromit - Auf der Jagd nach dem Riesenkaninchen (2005).
Available on DVD and VHS with Madagascar (2005)
When Skipper, Rico, and Kowalski find the Private, they see him in a sidewalk cart with the old lady inspecting its merchandise. Skipper then dons a pair of night-vision goggles to zoom in and view Private and subsequently the old lady purchasing him as a toy. When the action is shown as if the viewer was looking through the goggles, red text on a HUD very quickly scrolls above the green night vision image with the following text:
- Initializing penguin tracking system I/O....... Successfully booted. Welcome to penguin threat interaction system. Acquired potential danger: Granny aka blue hair searching database for personal file. Done. Warning: Psychotic subject, behavior out of whack. Proximity to Private 30 ft and closing. Looking for similar subject matches to subject "Blue Hair" for [ The scene switches back to the penguins inspecting the situation ] Indexing database of known humanoid perpetrators for pattern match...... done. Feeding boolean matches to query engine: Psychotic & neurotic Nice & bluehi Full matches: None. Listing partial matches in that incripted [sic] super secret penguin code, /amandafrancois/nicolas/guy/jacqueline/pierre/finarricangrace/carlosakydri/alexadidem/davidarwra/pavel/sasha/joaquim/cheannelson/alex/duff/jasmine/cole/carter&amya&emily/amanda/gary/ben&owen/ ... Partial match ignored.. No user input. Flushing 5K memory. Attempting to access web for search on 'blue hair' through local coffee shop wi-fi network. Connecting... Connecting... Connection established. Booting 'flipper v0.001' web browser........ Fatal error... Core dumped. System message to user: An unknown fatal error has occurred please reboot. Shutting down network services and switching to failsafe. [ The penguins march behind nuns, and then take cover behind a trash can. "Skipper" brings out the goggles one last time to examine the action ] warning: target "blue hair" has intercepted penguin "private", searching for alternate course of action. Submitting case id of penguin abduction to internal systems. potential danger for penguin imminent. recommend immediate course of action. abnormal penguin stretching detected. penguin "private" height to width ration decreased by 3. That cannot feel good! Hailing all other penguins within proximity for assistance. No reply. Potential danger for penguin [ The penguins then discuss the situation and their options ]
The Taxi the elderly lady gets into has the license plate "I8BIGAPEL."
This is the first DreamWorks Animation's short film to be rated G by the MPAA.
The song that the penguins play on the stereo (while Private is talking about the polar bear) is "Jingle Jingle" from the classic television special 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.'
Mr. Chew has a toy of Alex the Lion from 'Madagascar.'
Skipper exclaims "Take mushrooms!" omitting the first syllable of this type of mushroom, which would be "sh*t."