The Penguins of Madagascar
Season 2, Episode 43
Cute-Astrophe title
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Written by Brandon Sawyer
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Written and storyboarded by
Directed by David Knott
Original air date April 2, 2011
The Penguins of Madagascar Episodes
"Maurice at Peace"
"Operation: Neighbor Swap"

"Cute-Astrophe" is the forty-three episode of season two from The Penguins of Madagascar.


After zoo visitors are not impressed enough with the penguins' display of cuteness to toss them fish, Kowalski uses a machine to gauge the cute levels of Rico and Private. When intentionally posed in a certain fashion, Private registers at 132 percent, a level capable of knocking out the others. The team later begins to use Private's cuteness-knockout skill to their advantage, but Private later refuses to employ it after many trivial usages ordered by Skipper. When the penguins are caught outside their habitat and caged, still Private resists using his cuteness as a weapon, even when the team is scheduled to be shipped to Copenhagen, Denmark, where Skipper fears returning. When Private tries to flee, the others chase after him, with all four moving their cages about like hamster balls, which zoo visitors find cute. In response to the visitors' protests, Alice lets the penguins stay in New York.


  • This episode's title was listed on the schedule of the American Forces Network, a provider of television content to military personnel. They first aired it on March 5, 2011.
  • This episode was originally scheduled to air on March 26, 2011, but was replaced with "Maurice at Peace".
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