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 If I didn't know Benedict Cumberbatch did it wrong in that nature documentary as well, I would have thought he was saying the word wrong on purpose to make the character funnier.

 

I think it is very much possible. :D I'ts not the first time he's poking fun at himself. I mean he did Smaug and Chewbacca, he can imitate almost everyone on this planet, why should he be unable to learn one word?

 

Or - we are hearing what we want/expect to hear. It's much more possible than you think.

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I thought this stuff about the documentary came out after Madagascar was already in the can, but I could be wrong about that.

 

Anyway, for some reason we all seem to find it indescribably cute, so if I were BC, I'd run with it! :D

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That is so cute!  They seem to be using "pengling" to mean "baby penguin" -- what a great word for that (like "nestling").

 

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I've found a brief discussion on a wildlife forum where an appropriately-named member missed their opportunity to popularize that word back in 2010 (only a year after Wild/South Pacific was first aired):

 

Is there a name for a baby penguin?  pengling? or just chick?

 

I think just chick . . .

 

Though I kinda like pengling...... grin.gif

 

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Madagascar and all its sequels have been a staple of family fun, especially for the children. I haven't watched the documentary, but how in Heavens' name did Tom McGrath, who is now not only the director but also an executive producer (way to go, Skipper!) not catch the thing throughout the actual and post-production and have Benedict correct it? OK, Skipper may be antagonistic to Agent Classified; one can literally roll on the floor laughing at their die-version/dee-version fight, but at the end of the day both are professionals.

And Dreamworks is not Disney, and this film celebrated their 20th anniversary.

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... how in Heavens' name did Tom McGrath, who is now not only the director but also an executive producer (way to go, Skipper!) not catch the thing throughout the actual and post-production and have Benedict correct it?

 

I've heard Mr. Cumberbatch make the same point.

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Maybe he's like me and finds the mispronounciation funny and cute. It makes the wolf's character that much more ridiculous. BTW, it took me a second viewing to realize his name isn't really "Classified"... *face-palm*

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Of course not; his name is Classified! :D

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The interaction between Skipper and the wolf is ridiculously funny, starting from their face-off in the S.H.I.E.L.D-like aeroplane, where the wolf actually explains that his name is classified, but Skipper is too busy driving him crazy with the cheese snacks, while Kowalski gets derailed by Eva, (accidentally/on purpose with a Russian background like Black Widow?) and Rico chews up the scenery, literally!

And check out the wolf's stance with the dart gun once he decides to sedate the troublesome quartet!

And he's supposed to be a wolf, but has blue eyes like a Husky, why?

Query: did the whole 'Graham, Grant, Gavin and any name except Greg' running gag start from Skipper's indifference to remembering the name of Dave the octopus?

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Yes, he CAN!!! :D

 

Listening to "South Pacific" on Netflix. He did it twice already. Three times... 4... 5 times so far and all were PERFECT. Or my hearing is failing me.

 

Other than that - somehow cannot get used to his voice in a documentary. Don't know why... Hell, he can also be perfectly understandable if he wants. So why not always?

 

6, 7, 8, 9 times. Still perfect.

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Suggest a good throat-ear-nose specialist check the acquity of your hearing, dear J.P. It's a simple check compared to what you have gone through already! :smile:

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It's throat-ear-nose, my dear, and I've been told to have a hearing of a teenager, thank you very much. ;)

 

But I have a cold right now... that's why maybe someone else should confirm my observation. (can you use the word observation relating to hearing?)

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Yes you can use observation in regards to hearing.  Maybe it's the cold making him sound correct as the video clip I heard, he was clearly saying pengwings and possibly penglings the last time.  He even says pengwings in Penguins of Madagascar.

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Suggest a good eye-ear-nose specialist ....

 

It's throat-ear-nose....

 

Depends on what country you're in.  Here in the US, it's ear-nose-throat, but last time we were in London, I noticed a clinic sign with the same words but in a different order.

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Forget about flipping flightless birds! Benedict WILL drive one round the bend one of these days! Throughout The Imitation Game, in his scenes with Keira Knightly every single time he said "decorum" or "decorous", the first syllable was stressed! In Parade's End, in the extra material, the blessed man stresses the second syllable! One is not allowed to have a go at one's favourite persons of all time, or I might just borrow Irene's and Sherlock's favourite implement and have a go!

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Forget about flipping flightless birds! Benedict WILL drive one round the bend one of these days! Throughout The Imitation Game, in his scenes with Keira Knightly every single time he said "decorum" or "decorous", the first syllable was stressed! In Parade's End, in the extra material, the blessed man stresses the second syllable! One is not allowed to have a go at one's favourite persons of all time, or I might just borrow Irene's and Sherlock's favourite implement and have a go!

Ah, but it's fun talking about a certain pronunciation of pengwings ;)

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Hello, All:

 

Belated greetings for 2016!!!

 

This is going to  sound silly, but would his inability to say the word "penguin" be related to the fact that his tongue is too big his mouth? I've heard him say that in a couple of GIF files on Tumblr.

 

Now, my question is: How can anyone's tongue be too big for their mouths? Am I just being dim here?

 

 

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Well, he can say penguins the way we expect to hear it, he just doesn't every time for some reason ... I suspect it's more to do with his "posh" accent than anything else. But I'm not a speech specialist, so I don't really know. That's just the impression I get from everything else I've heard him say or do; he has a tendency to slur his words sometimes, especially when he's talking fast, but no more than some people and far less than most.

 

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Now, my question is: How can anyone's tongue be too big for their mouths? Am I just being dim here?

 

 

                                                                                               Cheers always,

 

                                                                                                Shezza.

 

It is possible though not necessarily common.  I had a classmate in elementary school who had that issue.  It can sometimes be corrected with surgery.  In her case it couldn't as she would have bled to death apparently.  I guess the teeth line up on the jaw such that they create a narrower/shorter space for the tongue to reside.  I know I have that issue just a little bit.  It becomes noticeable if I eat something cold, such as ice cream, too quickly.

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My son and I were at 1 of our local zoos last week. We walked through the aquatic building past the penguins. The first thing to pop into my head was pengwings.

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