The Penguins of Madagascar (partially found pitch pilot versions for Nickelodeon CGI animated series; mid-2000s)

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The series' final logo.

Status: Lost (early animatic) Partially Found (pitch pilot)

The Penguins of Madagascar is an animated series co-created by Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley that was based on Dreamworks Madagascar film franchise that ran on Nickelodeon from 2008-2015. The series revolves around the 4 penguins from the films (Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private) the often go undercover in every episode to protect their home at Central Park Zoo from various circumstances.

Pilot Versions

Sometime in the mid-2000s after production of Schooley's other show Kim Possible wrapped up. Him and his team joined another to help on a pitch pilot to help pitch to both Nickelodeon and Dreamworks. When the pilot's director Josh Book saw the early pilot's animatic, he realized it had too many characters and wanted to simplify the plot to focus more on both the penguins and the lemurs. They then animated the pilot with small changes to how they look in the films most notably the fur on the animals looking more sculpted to make animating easier.[1] Both Nickelodeon and Dreamworks were impressed and green lit the pilot into a full series.


The only footage of the pitch that resurfaced came from Books' portfolio running a minute long.[2] It's unknown if more of it was made or this was the pilot. No footage of the early animatic had resurfaced, and any more information on these versions of the pilot is unavailable as of 2023.




Footage of the pitch pilot.

See Also

Anthology and Short Series

Bumpers and Promos


Game Shows

Inaugural Series

Live Action