In the 2014 science fiction action comedy animated film Penguins of Madagascar, the villain Dr. Octavius Brine is a genetic scientist who is actually an octopus, but masquarades as a human. The protagonist of the 2010 video game Octodad (and its 2014 sequel) is also an octopus masquarading as a human. They even move somewhat similarly. Did the video game inspire the creators of the film when they made this character?

I would prefer an answer based on what any of the staff of the film said, such as in an interview, over speculation.

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    I'm voting to reopen, but only so it can be migrated to Movies & TV. May 18, 2016 at 0:17
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From this article;

John Malkovich ... said he was presented with the offer [to play Dr. Brine] 3 ½ years ago.

Collider reporting on the 2014 Comic-Con DreamWorks panel

That article was written in July, 2014. If we say that John Malkovich was offered the part at the start of 2011 (which is roughly 3 ½ years ago) , then we can see that it is very unlikely for Octodad! to have influenced the development of Penguins of Madagasar, as Octodad! was developed for the 2011 Independent Games Festival, and did not get much attention until the sequel Octodad: Dadliest Catch was released in 2014.

  • In that case, could he have been inspired by Octomom?
    – Valorum
    May 18, 2016 at 22:03

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