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This is a great family movie that has a bright and happy story with a nice feeling of friendship. It is a CGI animation by Dreamworks Studios and was released in 2005, its running time is 86 minutes in total. You can currently purchase the DVD from Amazon for £5.75 (January 2013).
Basically the movie revolves around 4 central characters Alex the Lion (voiced by Ben Stiller), Marty the Zebra (voiced by Chris Rock), Gloria the Hippo (voiced by Jada Pinkett Smith) and Melman the Giraffe (voiced by David Schwimmer).
They all live in Central Park Zoo, with Alex the Lion performing for visitors, Melman is a hypochondriac, Gloria dreams of love and Marty dreams of life outside the zoo. Also characters in the zoo are a group of cunning penguins who are attempting a zoo break, so you can pretty much see where this is going and one night they find themselves outside the zoo on the island of Madagascar, the movie follows there antics out in the wild. I will not elaborate anymore on the plot as this would ruining the movie before you have even seen. Whilst in Madagascar they meet King Julien the king of the Lemurs, (voiced by Sacha Baron Cohen), my favourite character, who helps them all to adjust to life outside the zoo.
It has a lively sound track that will keep you singing and moving throughout the movie and the 'I like to move it move' song will stick in your brain for days to come after watching it!
Overall this is a funny family friendly movie that has some great characters, King Julien closely followed by the penguins are the real stars in my opinion. The movie is well animated, bright, has a heart warming story and is very funny in places. My son enjoys watching it and it has helped him learn a few things about animals along the way. I would recommend this movie to others.
Madagascar is an animation about a bunch of wacky animals that live in New York Central Zoo. The main characters are Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Gloria the hippo, Melman the giraffe and a group of penguins! They all live harmoniously together despite their species. Pampered, well fed and cared for the animals couldn't ask for more!
The movie starts with Marty's 10th birthday which makes him question where his life is going. After living at the zoo all of his life he craves something different. Alex, Gloria and Melman throw him a surprise birthday party, where Marty makes a wish after blowing out his birthday cake candles. He wishes he could go to the wild! The animals pester him to tell them what he wished for, but Marty is hesitant as it is bad luck. He finally tells them and they are shocked and confused as to why he would want to leave his perfect life.
Another day at the zoo and the penguins are planning an underground escape to Antarctica! As they shovel through the dirt with their plastic spoons they pop up in Marty's pen. Marty questions what they are doing and is intrigued by the penguins plans to go to the wild. He didn't know anyone could actually go there!
That night whilst everyone was asleep Marty broke free and took a walk through the streets of New York! The others soon realise that he is missing and go on a search for him. After roaming the streets, taking a ride on the tube and battling with an old lady, they eventually find him! They are then faced with a crowd of zoo keepers and animal handlers who believe the animals were trying to escape due to unhappiness. Tranquilised, crated and put on a ferry the animals awake confused thinking they are getting a zoo transfer. Alex is furious at Marty for getting them into the predicament, and taking him away from his perfect life where he is adored by human fans and fed with all the steak he could eat!
After an argument and a few knocks the crates come loose and fall into the sea. They are then washed up onto a deserted island (Madagascar) where they meet a slightly mad lemur King Julien (king of the lemurs!) and his loyal followers. Along with the dreaded foosa who are feared by the lemurs. King Julien has a plan to use Alex the lion to keep the foosa away for good., but after days without food Alex's predatory side comes to light. All the animals soon realise the foosa are the least of their worries!
Good comical movie with a few sad and mild scary parts.
Alex the Lion- Ben Stiller
Marty the Zebra- Chris Rock
Gloria the Hippo- Jada Pinkett Smith
Melman the Giraffe- David Schwimmer
King Julien- Sacha Baron Cohan
The cover has Madagascar at the top in yellow bold letters with a picture of the animals on the island.
Bonus Features-over 100 things to do!
* "I like to move it, move it" music video
* Behind the crates
* Mad Mishaps
* Meet the wild cast
* See the amazing tech of Madagascar
* Enjoy hours of interactive fun and activities for the whole family
* Download DVD ROM printables of your favourite characters
Feature running time- 1hr 22 mins approx.
DVD Extras running time- 1 hr 10 mins approx.
Rating- U (Universal) Suitable for all
Contains very mild language and violence.
Released- 15th July 2005 (UK) 27th May 2005 (USA)
Directors- Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath
I bought this movie when It was released on DVD and it was a huge hit with all the family. The fact it had a few famous voices added something to it for me. I liked Marty the best as I love Chris Rock and he voices the hilarious zebra perfectly! Sugar Honey Ice Tea was one of Marty's lines, subtle yet funny If you understand what he means! I wasn't a huge fan of Melman voiced by David Schwimmer as I find his voice to be a bit monotonous. This doesn't take anything away from the movie just a minor thing for me. This movie Is great to watch with kids as they add something to it by just being there! The animation is excellent and the storyline well written. A lot of funny moments. All round great film, 5 stars!
I thought i would review this today as it was the 5th anniversary of the 1st time i watched it, so i stuck it on for me and the kids. How do i know this, well 5 years ago yesterday i got married, so 5 years ago today we were sat in a hotel honeymoon suite feeling rather hungover, and on the pay to view films was Madagascar. Maybe not the movie most people would watch at that time in their life, but we did, and i then bought it on DVD for our 1st wedding anniversary, and the kids have since taken rather a shine to it.
The story behind the film is a simple but beautiful one. 4 animals who are friends living in New York Zoo are the main characters. Marty the Zebra (voiced by Chris Rock) decides the grass is greener elsewhere and wonders what life would be like elsewhere, so he escapes from the zoo. The other animals decide to track him down and bring him back, but they are discovered in the process after causing chaos at Grand Central Station.
They are being shipped back to Africa to a Wildlife Reserve, when a freak accident leads to them ending on the beach in the real 'wild' madagascar, where they meet a group of lemurs and test their friendship.
I like a lot of animated films as i often think they are not just written with kids in mind. The writers know that parents have to sit through the films too, so there are a range of jokes to make them appeal to young and old alike, with a few layers of depth in the humour. The most popular in this type of film are made by the companies pixar, or dreamworks. Both companies have exceptional graphics and animation so are on par. The Pixar team seem to have more successes to their name, but the dreamworks ones are on a par.
Madagascar is made by the Dreamworks team. I find that in their films (e.g. Shrek) as well as having a wide range of humour that is 'timeless' shall we say, there are also a lot more popular culture references which although very 'hot' at the time of release, date the film really quickly. I am not sure how much this will matter. It means there are a couple of jokes in the film that may seem weird in a few more years time and my kids will never get, but they still make me chuckle every time.
I can think of two examples. One is a reference to the Tom Hanks film 'Castaway' where Alex the lion (voiced by Ben Stiller) is feeling rather low and depressed and talks to a football with a handprint as though it is a real person. The second example features the same character Alex dreaming about eating a steak. The dream sequence is set up similar to a scene in American Beauty where the lead character dreams of seducing the girl in a bed of rose petals, whereas in this case it is a bed with steaks.
All in all, i personally love this film, and only partly because of my personal associations with it. It really appeals to adults and kids, and although there are certain parts of it that do appear a bit dated in 2010 five years after its release, i can see it being watched for many years ahead. The humour in it does not lose its appeal even on its 100th run through. (Seriously, anyone with kids will agree with me, their must see obsessions can drive you demented, but i will still snuggle up to watch this one. )
I am going to give it 4 stars as i feel the pop culture references will make it lose its appeal quicker than it otherwise would. If you haven't seen it yet, you really should.
Madagascar really is a family film to watch. With a pleasant mixture of childish jokes and adult humour, I would highly recommend it anyone. It is a computer animated film done by Dreamworks Animation and I believe that once again Dreamworks have lived up to their expectations in creating fun enjoyable films for children and adults.
Mardy (Chris Rock) the zebra believes there is more to life than his home; a cage in Central Park Zoo, New York city. His plan to escape and set off to the wild, after following the advice of some mischievous penguins, soon goes terribly wrong when he's followed by his best friends; Alex (Ben Stiller) the lion, Melman (David Schwimmer) the giraffe and Gloria (Jada Pinkett Smith) the hippo. Once they've been caught by the police they are shipped away and find themselves in "Madagascar." They soon befriend a tribe of lemurs who follow the orders of their leader "King Julian" and everything seems to be going well until Alex discovers he's hungry and Mardy begins to look more like food than a friend.
I believe this film is an enjoyable watch and with an added bonus of the hilarious Ben Stiller and David Schwimmer it provides great entertainment and can be watched time and time again. I found myself laughing out loud most of the way through and genuinely believe if you watch this you'll be the same.
I credit Dreamworks for creating a variety of entertaining characters. Their huge differences in personality are what makes this film enjoyable. Personality ranges from the freedom wanting Zebra to the fame obsessed lion to the over-careful, health crazy giraffe. Overall I would say that my favourite character, as I believe he was the most entertaining was King Juliean. He provided so many of the laughs within the film that I wished I could have brought him home with me.
My one criticism I have with this film is the plot isn't one of excellence. I believe it is very simple and although it is extremely amusing I would prefer a film with a stronger plot that consists of more exciting events.
Overall I would highly recommend this film to anyone seeking a family film with a blend of comedy and adventure.
Alex: Voiced by Ben Stiller
Marty: Voiced by Chris Rock
Meman: Voiced by David Schwimmer
Gloria: Voiced by Jada Pinkett Smith
King Julien:Voiced by Sacha Baron Cohen
Maurice: Voiced by Cedric the Entertainer
Mort: Voiced by Andy Richter
When Marty celebrates his tenth birthday, he realises that he wants to see the rest of the world, not just stay in the zoo for the rest of his life. He gets some hints of how to escape from some penguins who are trying to do the same thing, and soon after actually carries out the escape. His friends, Alex, Melmen and Gloria follow him, and end up at Grand Central Station. When the police find them, they all end up being sedated from tranquiliser guns and shipped off to Madagascar. And this is where the story begins!
When in Madagascar, the animals find a pack of lemurs and everyone ends up enjoying themselves; except for Alex. Alex misses the attention of the people who come to look at him in the zoo. However, when he finally accepts that the wild is a good place to be, his hunting instincts kick in and he ends up chasing Marty!
How will the foursome end up? Will Alex finally eat Marty? Will they all stay on the island forever? Or will the penguins find a way off?
The actors voice the characters perfectly; my favourite being David Schwimmer as the voice of hypochondriac Melman, simply because he is scared of absolutely everything. They all portray the characters excellently; their voices take on great expression and you can really relate to the characters.
The animation is outstanding; there is never a moment when you think the animation is below standard. It's fluid and it flows from one scene to the next easily; the characters seem likelike and perfect!
The scenery and colours are beautiful! They stand out perfectly without seeming too bright and unrealistic. Everything in the film seems pretty great, and I for one think that it's one of the best films in a while.
Children should definitely watch this film and I think adults would enjoy it too. It's fun for all the family and it's an excellent film.
I watched Madagascar recently on DVD and found it very enjoyable and short enough too so it's easy to watch for children with small attention spans and adults alike.
The story in Madagascar is simple enough and is for children of all ages. It surrounds four very pampered, spoilt animals who have it all and live in Central Park Zoo. They don't know what hardship is as they have always had everything done for them. On the day that they celebrate the birthday of Marty the Zebra(Chris Rock), he decides to run away from the zoo four penguins decide to do the same. However, he soon discovers that life is not perfect at all in the outside world as he hoped it would be. In fact, far from it.
It doesn't take long for the three others stars of the movie to realise he's gone. We have Alex the Lion(Ben Stiller), Gloria the Hippo(Jada Pinkett Smith) and Melman the Giraffe(David Schwimmer). They decide to go after him and find Marty. The havoc and fun really begins from then on as these lively animals create mayhem on the subway system and at Grand Central station amongst other places in their search for their friend.
While at the station they are spotted by the police and zookeepers and captured. They decide between them that they should be back in the wild so are put in crates and shipped off to Africa. Before they even get that far the boat runs into problems and they are all washed up on the shores of Madagascar. Here, after always being taken care of, they have to live and survive in the jungle and experience real life for the first time.
I really enjoyed the whole film and it's great fun for the whole family, plus the animation is good too. The details for things like the New York City skyline and Empire State building were stunning. When they are in the jungle things come alive and they meet a lot of other weird and wonderful creatures. Ben Stiller and Chris Rock in particular were fantastic doing two of the voices and really added the humour to the film. I especially liked the musical interludes in the film that will get you jumping about.
Overall this is another fine cartoon from Dreamworks who also gave us such films as Shrek and Shark's Tale and entertaining for everyone.
note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room
Dreamworks may be second to Pixar in the animation world, but they've proven time and again that they can still make some stellar films, such as the Shrek series, and of course, Madagascar, which was successful enough to have a sequel, having raked in over $500m at the box office. The film kicks off in Central Park Zoo, where we meet Marty the Zebra (Chris Rock), who is now ten years old, but has for a long time wanted to be freed to explore the world. He tries to escape the zoo, and so his friends, including Alex the lion (Ben Stiller), Gloria the hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith), and Melman the giraffe (David Schwimmer), follow him, along with a gang of penguins: Skipper (Tom McGrath), Rico (John DiMaggio), Kowalski (Chris Miller), and Private (Christopher Knights) and a pair of lively monkeys: Mason (Conrad Vernon) and Phil. However, during their escape they are subdeud and transported by a boat in a crate, which falls into the sea, causing them to end up in Madagascar.
This is a fun fish-out-of-water romp that has a very distinctive visual style which makes up for its more minimalist narrative that has lesser concerns than the usual Pixar fare. It also benefits hugely from its brilliant voice cast, particularly Chris Rock as the Zebra and also David Schwimmer as the neurotic giraffe that feeds very much off of his persona as Ross in Friends.
The style of animation is incredibly striking, yet the actual substance is simply average. Not a bad film, but it will become mixed in with the myriad of "churned out" animated films we're given these days.
I've got to say, this is one of the best animated films I've seen! with a all-star cast, outstanding music and a good story line, I will admit I have watched this film at least 6-7 times because it's a real feel good film and It's certainly not just for kids! It starts with Alex the Lion (Ben Stiller), Marty the Zebra (Chris Rock), Melmen the hypochondriac Giraffe (David Swhwimmer), Gloria the Hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith) in New Yorks central park Zoo. Marty the Zebra disappears in the night after telling the animals he wants to leave the zoo, the rest of them go on a mad search for Marty, finding obstacles along the way such as crazy, karate Granma's and the Police. Eventually they end up on a boat being hijacked by the extreme mafia Penguins! With there spot on comic timing they become my personal favorite characters in this comedy. They run out of gas and end up on a dessert island, Madagascar. They find more crazy wildlife on this Island which includes King Julien who sings "Move it, Move it" played by Sasha baron Cohen, enough said really. However all Marty, Alex, Melman and Gloria want to do is make there way home, will they make it back to the Zoo? Watch this film if you like Simpsons or Family guy.
I'd been giving these Children and Animation films a miss - having found the Shrek films fairly awful. I had a change of heart a while back though when I thoroughly enjoyed Ratatouille. I approached Madagascar with extreme caution though as it was definitely more of a blockbuster than Ratatouille and I find David Schwimmer annoying, Ben Stiller relatively annoying in the majority of cases, if I found the voices annoying - surely the characters wouldn't appeal?
Last weekend I was doing a touch of babysitting and decided to sit down with my baby daughter and watch Madagascar, it wasn't long in to the film that the novelty of the brightly coloured animations had worn off and she had dozed off - I had actually quite got into it by then and decided to watch the rest of the film.
Obviously this film is geared towards kids and doesn't quite have the more wider audience that Ratatouille does, the voices are extremely childish and those of the lion and zebra could be considered quite wearing after a while, the soundtrack is quite fun and the animals do have strong characters. I particularly liked the penguins which tended to have quite an evil side to them - they pulled this off quite well, considering that evilness is not something I would usually relate to a penguin.
The storyline could be considered as fairly exciting and adventurous for a child and it has one of those cheesy moral storyline type things "Don't eat your friends" as the lion struggles with his carnivore habits of wanting to eat his best friend the zebra once out of a zoo surrounding.
Well it's back to babysitting this weekend and I think that we may get round to watching Madagascar 2 at some point.
Madagascar is a simple but charming movie which was released about 5 years ago, and for some reason I only watched today. It's based around a selection of zoo animals who get released from the zoo because of a stunt they pulled in getting out of the zoo. They are meant to be shipped to Africa but because of the somewhat psychopathic (but cute) penguins they end up shipwrecked on Madagascar. The penguins hijacked the ship as they were determined to get to Antartica. The movie follows their movements around the island and how they survive when they are suddenly thrust into the wild.
The characters are cute and easy to watch. You have Alex the lion, who is a bit of a clutz but was the most popular animal in the zoo, and he blames Marty the zebra, who instigated the night away from the zoo, for them having landed up on the island. Their two companions are Gloria the hippo, and Melman the hypochondriac giraffe, and of course you have the penguins.
The film is very funny and relaxing, there's no big issues in it so you can watch it even when you're half asleep and still keep up with it. The characters are sweet and there are some very touching moments in the film, particularly involving the mouse lemur (extremely cute!) who they meet as an introduction to the lemar colony on the island. The story continues through the return of Alex's hunting instincts because of the lack of the sheltered zoo environment. This leads to some very amusing scenes where Alex is seeing all the living creatures around as steak.
The voice overs are well done and the artwork is quite cute without being too childliske. This is a film that all of the family could enjoy.
Madagascar is the 2005 offering from Dreamworks and the makers of Shrek and Shark Tale. The sequel has recently hit DVD (review to follow) and both have proved to be a huge success.
Madagascar tells the story of Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Gloria the hippo and Melman the giraffe and how they escape from New York's central park zoo in search of the wild.
I'm really one for animal films and loved Shrek and all it's sequels. Probably for the first half hour or so of Madagascar I was not impressed. I didn't warm much to the characters and I felt it was a little 'too American' for my liking! The celebrity voices of Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith, David Schwimmer and Ben Stiller didn't add much for me and I was actually a little bored for about the first third of the film. Also the laughs I think were intended to come from Melman for much of the first part, he's a hypochondriac and very clumsy. Being a giraffe the've made him very wobbly on legs and prone to injuring imself every two minutes. I know kids laugh at this sort of thing but I've never understood why. Watching a supposed loveable character get hurt at every turn doesn't really make me giggle.
After being caught on the run, boxed up and put on a ship (though we are never entriely sure of the intended destination), the ship is hijacked by the penguins from the zoo and runs out of fuel as they reach Madagascar. The penguins are brillant. They are bright and work together secret agent style, to make the most of any situation. These characters have proved such a hit I hear they are now getting their own film!
Once the animals are stranded in Madagascar the film gets going and provides us with some real laughs. The four friends meet King Julian, a Lemur king voiced by Sacha Baron Cohen. For me, this is the character that made the film, and the one example of the celebrity voice being key. You know a character is a success when you hear people doing impressions and knowing lines from heart. My friends at work can often be found reeling off a bit of King Julian! He's self important, a little camp and not the sharpest tool in the box. Qualities bound to make a good character!
King Julian and his army feel the new arrivals on the island, especially Alex the Lion, will be useful to them in protecting the smaller inhabitants from the 'foosas', the wild cats who hunt on them. From their stay in Madagascar, the four friends realise what different animals there are as their natural instincts which have been surpressed in captivity now come to the surface after being in the'wild.'
Overall, once I got to $the end I enjoyed the film. I felt it was a slow starter and though it had some laughs and some good characters does not have the substance of Shrek, for example. For all the animated films relaesed in recent years it's one of the better, and kids and adults alike will enjoy it.
I write this review as an eighteen year old teenagee boy, i.e. probably not DreamWorks' ideal concept of target audience, but I had heard it was a successful film, and after owning the film for quite a while, I finally got around to watching it.
I am an avid fan of the Shrek films, so hoped this enjoyment would allow me to reap the entertainment from this, at least for the 86 minutes it runs. I was also drawn to the film after learning it encased the voices of Ben Stiller and David Schwimmer, both of whom, are actors I particularly enjoy watching.
You may be able to hazard a guess and bet that this would not be my most favourite cup of tea, and in truth, you would be right. To an extent. You see, for a film to really entertain me, so mush so that I would want to repeatedly watch it again and again, it would have to be something special. This, was not overly special, although I can se how many people love it, as even I liked it. If I was a little younger, I reckon I would probably enjoy this film even more.
As with many animated films, some of the scenes were actually pretty funny, and I even found myself audibly laughing on a number of occasions.
The thing which let it down I feel, was the storyline. Obviously aimed at a much younger audience, it did not really entertain me that much, which is a shameful downfall.
Ben Stiller plays Alex the lion, who is the apparent 'cool dude' of the crew, soaking up the attention he can summon. Working with some of the others, he can be quite funny in places, though he is not my favourite character.
Jada Pinkett Smith is to me, a previously unheard actress, who plays Gloria the hippo in Madagascar. The sensible one of the group, she was the calming character that did not appeal to me very much. In a film like this, it is the crazy wildness that amuses me most, so for a character to try and reduce these scenes, I was obviously not majorly enthrawled.
Chris Rock voiced Marty the zebra. Chris Rock is normally a very funny guy, a talent which evidently rubbed off on his character. The intended comic of the group, he was very entertaining and made me laugh on a number of occasions.
David Schwimmer, the star of the show, was the voice of Melman the giraffe. His simplicity and cautiosness made this one heck of a comical character. Although not intending to be, I did feel he was the funniest of the four, thus meaning he was, for me, the most enjoyable character.
Those were the four main characters, but I feel it would be worth mentioning the small group of penguins. These are the sort of penguins who feel they are trained assassins, capable of anything. Which obviously they are not. Sometimes it was incredibly funny to watch as they tried to complete their planned stunts, and gain freedom, yet end up inches away from where they started, and other various trials.
So I guess what I am saying with this is, if you are a young child, then this is probably for you, but if you generally tend to prefer a more sophisticated affair, I would look elsewhere, unless you want something to lighlty break up the norm.
In the film, a group of animals try to trace a friendly Zebra who has gone past his boundries at the city Zoo in his quest to see more of the world. The animals go after him but their friendships are tested when no food is avaiable. It is hard to survive but will they get back to New York?
The script is very entertaining and is filled with laughs. The film contains lots of plot twists which will keep you on the edge of your seat. The characters will get you involved in the film and everyone will have their favourite.
The actors do a great job providing the laughs.
The film can be watched over and over again without it becoming boring. It can be watched by everyone as the storyline is very easy to understand.
The animation looks very good and is some of the best that I have seen.
The single disc version contains no extras. However, the film is still one of the best I have ever seen from Pixar. The penguins will have everyone dancing in what is a great feel good film.
Overall, the film looks great and has a fantastic story. It is very funny but some may not like the story.
What do you get if you pull a lion, a zebra, a hippo and an intensely hypochondriacal giraffe out of their plush zoo habitat and plonk them on an African island? A great funny film for kids of ALL ages.
New York zebra Marty (Chris Rock), cooped up in the zoo, longs to visit the 'wild' which he imagines to be some lush paradise. His friends: Alex the lion (Ben Stiller), Gloria the hippo (Jada Pinkett-Smith) and Melman the giraffe (Friends' David Schwimmer) are incredibly loyal, but do not share Marty's enthusiasm for leaving the plush environment of the zoo. When Marty breaks out of the zoo and heads to Grand Central Station, the others attempt to follow him.....a few sedative darts later, the animals find themselves on a ship bound for Kenya. However, after a group of penguins hijack the ship, they find themselves on the shores of a lemur-filled Madagascar!
The animation in this film is great, the facial expressions of the characters are so comedic and Mort is just a little bundle of cute; fans of Puss-in-Boots (Shrek 2) will love this little lemur and his big eyes. The plot is well-written and provides laughs for everyone. The kids will love the funny, easy to follow storyline and the cute, cheeky characters, and the adults will no doubt notice some of the many references to other films - Castaway being an obvious one.
Personally, my favourite part of this film is Melman the giraffe; David Schwimmer's voice just suits the character so perfectly and with some aspects of the giraffe's personality, I can't help but be reminded of Ross from Friends.
Madagascar isn't boring. The animation is lush and detailed CGI, and its brand of zany entertainment relies on the likability of some New York central zoo animals who are buddies.
They're also pansey city slickers with little idea of the wild beyond and the wild within.... This makes for a great concept, a strong theme, and some lively, decently-executed fun ..... At times the animation is almost showing off; throwing the characters around and engaging us with perfectly lovable facial expressions. Humorous minor characters are on hand aswell to send up the major. The drawback to all this is that there's little room for subtlety and, as with other Dreamworks animations, it almost helps if you don't know the actors portraying the animals; such is the relentlessness with which we must get to know them and to like them, on top of already knowing that we're supposed to like them ! It depends rather heavily on the voice talents of known stars to speak a lot, and be hip.
It's quite similar to A Shark Tale, in that there's a destiny awaiting the principle character, and friendship is put to the test where tough choices are to be made. There are good messages for kids to get to grips with here, should they bother to think more about it, eg. coming to terms with nature. However, the animation is better here; it continues to impress....
Some scenes (the monkeys in their cage) were good too, but did remind me of Aardman's Creature Comforts ..... Sacha Baron Cohen is superb as the party animal King of the Lemurs.....What is memorable is the outgoing voice talents that are so strongly interpreted into characters.
It's possible it could have been funnier, or longer with less in-your-face, love-me quality and more humour from the minor characters ... but I thought they did pretty well to exploit the situations to their fullest.
Overall, Madagascar is cutting-edge characterization, but for some of us, it's hopeful that Dreamworks will cease their trend to repeat themselves, and realise that there is humour beyond the comraderie and up-front antics of principle egos who have dance routines ...... ? A suggestion.