The thing about animation is, you can be cast opposite a pair of incredible actors and never actually get to work with them.

"That's animation. I wish we could be in mo-cap suits jumping around together, but it's rare when schedules align like that," said "Penguins of Madagascar" voice actor/screenwriter (and "Madagascar 1-3" director) Tom McGrath of not having the opportunity to collaborate with A-list co-stars Benedict Cumberbatch and John Malkovich in person. "So, I'm hoping...we still have a couple scenes to do to finish the movie, so I'm hoping I can get with John and Benedict at some point."

Oh, and no surprise to fans of either actor, but McGrath assures us that both Cumberbatch and Malkovich are "hilarious" in the "Madagascar" spinoff, in which they play wolf leader Classified and "disgruntled octopus" Dr. Octavius Brine, respectively.

To watch McGrath "get into character" as his penguin character Skipper and more, click on the video above for the full interview.

"Penguins of Madagascar" hits theaters on November 26.

A former contributor to sites including MTV's The Backlot and Bloody-Disgusting, Chris Eggertsen worked in film development before indulging his love of pop culture writing full time. He specializes in horror, the intersection of social issues and entertainment and Howard Stern. He's on Twitter @HitFixChris.