But the "Megamind" director, Tom McGrath (above, at the LA event), is the same funny man who previously co-directed "Madagascar" and "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa," and played the scene-stealing chief penguin commando, Skipper, in both movies. In 2008, he told me he saw and voiced that character as a combination of "Robert Stack, Charlton Heston and Peter Graves, in those roles where they're always barking out orders." McGrath enumerated several keys to the "Madagascar" penguins' peculiar charm. "They are psychotic: They treat everything as a life-or-death drama. The universe has somehow aligned itself to let them do things they shouldn't be able to do, like jump on a keyboard and get command of a ship. They have no idea they're 12 inches tall and penguins."