(The 12-minute short begins with the Dreamworks Animation SKG logo. The word in orange print Madagascar appears onscreen. Then, the word The lands on top of the word and the word Penguins lands on the bottom of the word. Then, four penguins representing (from left to right) Skipper, Private, Kowalski, and Rico who gets out a match and burns the tan line below. The line leads to a green R in A CHRISTMAS CAPER. Just then, the words explode, revealing the Central Park Zoo. The camera zooms into a snowman in the penguins' enclosure. A periscope pops out from under the snowman's head. It spots the chimpanzee enclosure where Mason tries to make a Christmas tree out of tin cans, but Phil knocks over the stack. Then it zooms to Marty, Gloria, Melman, and Alex who plugs in the two wires which causes the decorations on Melman to light up. Then it zooms to a depressed polar bear. Then it zooms into the camel enclosure where two camels have  Hanukkah candles between them. Then the periscopes zooms to two elephants under mistletoe, but it zooms back to the polar bear enclosure. The polar bear sighs. Cuts to the inside of the penguins' enclosure.)
Private: He looks so sad.
Skipper: Rico! I want that tree up to muster.
(Rico takes out two carving knives and carves the tall ice block into a Christmas tree.)
Skipper: Check. Kowalski! What is the status on the approved musical selection?
Kowalski: Scheduled to begin... now.
(The radio plays Christmas music.)
Skipper: Excelente. Right on track.
Private: Skipper!
(Rico finished carving his Christmas tree.)
Skipper: Making pudding in 19 hundred hours, yule log to commence on my mark. Engage!
(Kowalski turns on the yule log.)
Kowalski: Yule log engaged.
Skipper: Check-a-mundo!
Private: Skipper!
(Rico can be seen swimming behind the windows.)
Skipper: Eggnog in 21 hundred hours, writing our names in the snow at 21:05.
Private: Skipper!
Skipper: What is it, Private?
Private: Ted the polar bear is all alone this holiday and he seems so sad. Could we bring him a present to cheer him up?
Skipper: Kowalski.
(Kowalski uses his abacus to see how many presents they have.)
Kowalski: Negative, Skipper. There are four presents and their are four of us.
Private: We could go and get him something!
Skipper: Sorry, Private. No can do.
Private: But no one should be sad and alone on Christmas.
Skipper: Exactly. So throw those troubles away and be merry, pronto.
Private: But Skipper...
Skipper: That's an order, mister. Alright, boys! Stand by for eggnog.
Kowalski: Aye-aye, Skipper.
(Kowalski tries to slam the fish with his hammer while Rico pops out when overhearing eggnog.)
Skipper: Private?
Private: (sadly) I'll pass.
(Skipper waddles to Kowalski and Rico with the eggnog.)
Rico: ...eggnog, eggnog!
(Private takes a piggy bank (which looks like a hippo) and shakes out a coin and Private puts the coin beside him, and tries to escape the lair without of any of the penguins seeing him. Skipper and Kowalski were pouring eggnog into a bottle with a tube in Rico's mouth.)
Skipper and Kowalski: Chug, chug, chug, chug, chug!
Skipper: Hold on, Rico! That guy can really hold his nog.
(Private escapes through the door with a fish on it. Meanwhile, the clock spins to 21 hundred ten hours.)
Skipper: 21 hundred ten hours boys! Engage cranberries. Rico! Not at the table. Hang on a second. Something's missing.
Kowalski: Cranberries. Check. Eggnog. Check.
Skipper: Give me a head count.
(Kowalski uses his abacus again to see which penguins are in.)
Kowalski: (slaps the beads out of the abacus) We have three heads, sir.
Skipper: Where's the Private?
Kowalski: Unknown, sir. (throws abacus away) It would appear that he's... (shows a picture of Private on the eggnog container.) ...missing.
Skipper: Missing?
(Skipper throws his Santa hat down angrily.)
Skipper: Hoover Dam! Wait, there he is.
(Skipper dashes to Private's bed.)
Skipper: He just went to bed.
(When Skipper throws off the covers, a bowling pin appeared.)
Skipper: What the...? (slaps the bowling pin multiple times) What have you done with  Private? TALK, MISTER!
Kowalski: Skipper.
(Kowalski points to Private's escape.)
Kowalski: Over here.
Skipper: (to the bowling pin) I'll deal with you later... (slaps bowling pin again)
Kowalski: Oh no. He must be out there all by himself.
Skipper: He's one of us, men. We all know the penguin credo.
Kowalski: Never bathe in hot oil and Bisquik?
Skipper: No!
(Rico speaks gibberish nonsense which is the walrus credo.)
Skipper: No, that's the walrus credo. It's never swim alone. Private's out there all by himself. And we never leave one of our own.
(Rico and Kowalski begin to get the point.)
Skipper: Now let's go!

(Cuts to Private peeking out of a building.)

Private: (looks at the pretty Christmas decorations) Oh...

(He is walking on the sidewalk. The city is bustling with busy people. Private sees a shop.)

Private: Oh, that's perfect! Just the thing for a sad polar bear!

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