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Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)

  • Rate: 6.7/10 total 52,212 votes 
  • Genre: Animation | Action | Adventure | Comedy | Family
  • Release Date: 7 November 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 89 min
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Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)
  • Rate: 6.7/10 total 52,212 votes 
  • Genre: Animation | Action | Adventure | Comedy | Family
  • Release Date: 7 November 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 89 min
  • Budget: $150,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $179,982,968(USA)(22 February 2009)
  • Stars: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock and David Schwimmer
  • Original Music By: Hans Zimmer   
  • Soundtrack: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
  • Sound Mix: DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS | Sonics-DDP (IMAX version)
  • Plot Keyword: Madagascar | Zoo | Lion | Sequel | Africa

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Etan Cohen  written by
  • Eric Darnell  written by
  • Tom McGrath  written by

Known Trivia

  • Bernie Mac’s last animated feature. This movie was dedicated to him.
  • The sequel Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted was confirmed months before this one came out.
  • ‘Moto Moto’ means ‘Hot Hot’ in Swahili.
  • The song from this movie, “Time 2 Move It/I Like To Move It”, was used in a 2008 Chrysler car commercial.
  • A specially-made segment featuring Julien and Private was used as part of a 2008 Comcast Digital Voice commercial.
  • A specially-made segment featuring Alex, Gloria, Melman, Marty, and the penguins was used as part of a 2008 McDonald’s restaurant commercial.
  • Alex’s family birth-mark is shaped like the continent of Africa, including the island of Madagascar.
  • The aircraft used in the escape attempt is based on a Lockheed L-10 Electra, similar to one used by Amelia Earhart.
  • The hippopotamus who asks if Alex is dancing about a plane crash is voiced by Stacy Ferguson, better known by her stage name, Fergie.
  • Ville Valo, the lead singer of the Finnish band ‘H.I.M.’ does the voice for “Moto Moto” in the Finnish version of the movie.

Goofs: Continuity: When the hunters attract young Alex to outside the reserve, the rope is very far from the fence, which means it had to be thrown from the outside to the inside of the reserve. The rope could only be thrown from the top of the fence, but when the rope is pulled back, near the hunters, we see it being pulled from the bottom of the lower wire of the fence.

Plot: The animals try to fly back to New York City, but crash-land on an African wildlife refuge, where Alex is reunited with his parents. Full summary »  »

Story: The sequel to 2005's "Madagascar", in which New York Zoo animals, Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the Hippo, still stranded on Madagascar, start to leave the island. All of a sudden, they land in the wilderness of Africa, where Alex meets the rest of his family, but has trouble communicating with them after spending so much time at the Central Park Zoo.Written by rocknrollunderdawg  

Synopsis

Synopsis: The movie starts in the past, in an African reserve, when Alekai the Lion was just a little cub, being tutored in the art of being a lion, by his doting father, Zuba (the late Bernie Mac), who is also the Alpha Lion. Alekai is full of life and more interested in playing the fool, by dancing around and doing the "happy face/angry face" gag with his paw. Zuba shows him his paw, which has an Africa-shaped birthmark on it, which Alekai also has on his paw. Just then, Makunga (Alec Baldwin), a scheming lion who wants to be Alpha Lion, challenges Zuba. Leaving Alekai alone for a while, Zuba kicks the pride out of Makunga. As the fight is going on, Alekai notices a piece of rope moving on the ground and follows it. He goes off the reserve and is captured by poachers, who dump him in a crate and put him in the bed of their truck. Zuba, having cleaned Makunga’s clock, notices that his son is missing. He sees the truck moving along the fence of the reserve and hears his son, crying out for help. He runs and jumps on the truck. He manages to free the crate of its binds, when one of the poachers shoots him, causing him to fall off the truck. He doesn’t notice that Alekai’s crate has fallen out of the truck-bed and into a nearby river. Despite the painful hole in his ear, he mourns the loss of his son.

Meanwhile, in the box, Alekai sits timidly. Finally, he reaches New York City (pre-2001) and is fished out and put in the New York City Zoo. When he sees all the people looking at him, he starts to dance around, much to the audience’s pleasure. As he vamps for the people, behind him, a young Marty the Zebra tells a young Gloria (the Hippo) and Melman (the Giraffe) that Alekai’s a show-off. Years later, Alekai is now Alex the Lion (Ben Stiller) and is still a huge hit with the zoo spectators. Marty (Chris Rock) tells Gloria (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Melman (David Schwimmer) that he still thinks he’s a show-off. Marty then expresses his desire to go out in the wild…which, in his mind, means Connecticut.

Then, we see a TV news report on the four animals’ NY escapade (from the previous movie) and their encounter with the fearsome Nana (Elisa Gabrielli). After they were recaptured, animal rights activists demanded that they be sent back to the wild. During their voyage, their ship went missing, much to the sadness of New Yorkers.

Next, in the island of Madagascar, we see that the four animals are now preparing to go back home, thanks to the airplane that the penguins supposedly fixed. As they climb up to the huge platform that the lemurs built, they groove to the tune of "I Like to Move It". They exchange warm goodbyes to the lemurs, at least most of them. King Julien (Sacha Baron Cohen), dressed as a lady in a cake, and Maurice (Cedric the Entertainer) are coming along. When the creepy little Mort tries to come along, Julien turns security loose on him and herds everyone into the plane. The two monkeys, Mason and Phil, are also there. With the lemurs’ help, the plane is catapulted into the air.

As they fly through a storm cloud, Alex is scared by what appears to be a gremlin (a la "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" from "The Twilight Zone Movie"). However, when the sun comes out, he sees it’s only Mort. When Mort waves to Alex, he loses hold of the wing and is blown off, leaving Alex to think it was his imagination. Inside the plane, the animals talk about Madagascar. Gloria mentions that, when they reach NY, she might get into the breeding program, which makes Melman a bit jealous. She shrugs it off and puts on a mask to take a nap. In the front of the cabin, Julien and Maurice sit in "first-class", eating shrimp.

As Skipper talks to a hula dancer-shaped bobblehead doll, the plane runs out of fuel. Although Skipper initially solves the problem by smashing the warning light with the manual, the engines give out, and the plane falls out of the sky. As Marty, Alex and Melman scream in terror, King Julien treats it like a roller coaster ride. Their hatch falls open, and he and Maurice are sucked out, with a parachute deploying, causing Julien to yell out, "I can fly!" As Marty and Alex say their goodbyes, Alex confesses that he broke Marty’s iPod back at the zoo. Marty’s brief anger, however, is interrupted when Melman blurts out that he loves Gloria. Gloria is still asleep, and he has to backtrack on it to his friends.

Right before they crash, Skipper orders Rico to pull up (he had been diving the plane just for fun), and they skim the ground. The landing gear deploy, but break off because the plane is moving too fast. The plane skids through a forest, the wings stripping off, leaving just the airframe. When it flies off a cliff, the penguins deploy parachutes, leaving the plane’s carcass to float to the ground, where the oxygen masks finally deploy. Finally, Gloria wakes up, and finds Melman hyperventilating in one of the masks.

When the dust settles, they look around, wondering where they are. Skipper and the other penguins celebrate their landing, being able to "live with" two unaccounted for (Julien and Maurice). Skipper tells the animals that they will need 6-9 months, with the monkeys’ help, to rebuild the plane. Alex and Skipper initially quarrel over the repairs (with Private pulling a switchblade knife at one point), but Alex eventually gives up and leads his friends away to contemplate their fate.

Initially believed to be in the middle of nowhere, they are proved somewhat wrong when a jeep approaches, filled with tourists who click pictures, then quickly drives off. Alex runs after the jeep, trying to get help, but is attacked by Nana (who’s on the jeep). After a brief, comical fight with her, he ends up on the losing side. The jeep drives off, but Alex got her handbag. He takes her cell phone and is about to call someone, when they look down the cliff they’re on and see several animals – hippos, lions, zebras and giraffes, among others. Although Melman initially thinks again that they’re at the San Diego Zoo (40% sure this time), they quickly realize they’re in Africa. (Though it’s a good thing they realize they’re "home"…the cell phone has no service.)

They go to the watering hole, where the animals are assembled. Alex tries to make contact with the natives, but quickly finds out they can understand him just fine. They ask how the four of them got into the reserve. At that moment, the Alpha Lion, Zuba, and his mate (Sherri Shepherd) approach. Zuba doesn’t recognize Alex, though Alex feels he’s seen Zuba before. Suddenly, Zuba’s mate recognizes Alex and looks at his paw, with the Africa-shaped birthmark on it. Zuba and Alex’s Mom are overjoyed at the return of their son, as is Alex at being reunited with his parents. All the animals around rejoice the return of Alex, the "King of New York". And, surprisingly, so does Makunga. He is going to use Alex against Zuba, to become Alpha Lion. Julien and Maurice show up and partake in the celebrations, thinking it’s for them.

Marty meets the other zebras (who all sound exactly like him). They welcome him into their fold. Gloria meets the other hippos and becomes the object of attraction for Moto Moto (Will.i.Am), the hippo "hunk". Melman meets the giraffes and asks about medications. They say that now that their witch doctor, Joe, is dead, if any giraffe gets sick, they go into a hole and wait for death. Horrified, Melman volunteers to become the giraffe’s witch doctor.

Makunga speaks to Zuba about banishing Alex as he has not performed the rite of passage that all young lion cubs should perform. Alex, thinking it to be a breeze, accepts. Meanwhile, Marty finds out that his "water-spit" trick is no longer exclusive to him, as all the other zebras learn it immediately. He is surprised to see that all zebras are exactly like him. Melman, after having helped out a young giraffe with a broken leg, is informed that the brown spot on his neck is a symptom of "witch doctor’s disease" and he has 48 hours to live.

Meanwhile, the penguins hijack safari jeeps to use to fix the plane, rendering many of the tourists (including Nana) stranded in the African reserve. The monkeys bring a whole bunch of monkeys as extra help for fixing the plane. Nana (having just gotten her beloved handbag back) leads the stranded tourists, who are all from New York, and tells them that, as New Yorkers, they can survive anything.

Alex prepares for the rite of passage, thinking it to be a dance-off. As he prepares, Makunga comes along and talks him into choosing Teetsi, who Alex thinks will be his dance partner. When the time comes for the rite of passage, Alex does indeed choose Teetsi, who turns out to be something like the Incredible Lion Hulk. Alex still thinks it’s a dance-off and dances around, to the confusion of his father, until Teetsi levels Alex with a punch. Now that Alex has been defeated, Makunga says that Alex should be banished. Unable to do it himself, Zuba tosses away the Alpha Lion scepter and abdicates. Makunga obligingly decides to become Alpha Lion. Alex is made to wear a ridiculous fruit hat, as his punishment.

Zuba berates his son for shaming him. Alex walks off in a huff. In the wreckage of the plane, Alex, Marty and Melman sit, mopily. Alex is sad about being banished, Melman is distressed that he has only 2 days to live and Marty is upset he’s exactly like all the other zebras. Gloria comes along happily and gloats about the great time she’s having. When she mentions Moto Moto and his interest in her, Melman gets jealous and they quarrel and stalk off in separate directions. Alex and "Marty" are left behind, until the real Marty comes along, and is offended that Alex could not tell the two zebras apart. Accusing Alex of only thinking of himself, he walks away.

As Melman sits inside a giraffe death hole, Julien and Maurice come to him. Julien advises Melman to tell Gloria how he feels. Gloria is at the hippo’s watering hole, being charmed by Moto Moto. She asks why he likes her. Besides her plumpness, he can’t answer anything else. Melman comes over and sees them together. He tells Moto Moto to take care of Gloria, and expresses his love for her in a way far more profound than the male hippo is capable of, before leaving, having shocked Gloria with his feelings.

Inexplicably, the watering hole dries up, leaving only a tiny amount. Makunga comes along and suggests that the animals fight each other for the remaining water. Alex shows up and says that he will go and look for the reason for the water stoppage, which is off the reserve. If any animal goes off the reserve, it is fair game for hunters. Makunga, hearing the dissent among the other animals, says that he will confer with Zuba. Before leaving the reserve, Alex goes to the zebra herd and looks for Marty. Unable to find him, he shouts out that he’s sorry. However, he recognizes Marty (the only one not facing him, revealing the scar left from his bite mark in the last movie) and asks him to accept his apology. Having made up, Marty accompanies Alex into the woods outside the reserve. Meanwhile, Makunga tells Zuba and Mom that Alex has gone out of the reserve. Zuba runs off immediately in search of his son, while Makunga laughs evilly.

At the watering hole, Moto Moto tries to dig for water, but only finds diamonds and gold. Julien and Maurice show up and declare that an animal sacrifice to the volcano will please the water gods. They need a volunteer. Melman, thinking that he has less than a day to live, volunteers. Cheering, the animals lift him up and take him to the volcano. Gloria protests, trying to talk Melman out of it, but he has made up his mind.

Alex and Marty go through the eerie woods and come up to the source of the water blockage – a dam erected by the New York tourists, led by Nana. They are suddenly attacked by spear-wielding tourists. Alex is caught in a rope trap. He tells Marty to go get help. Marty runs off.

At the volcano, Melman stands shakily at the edge of the precipice, overlooking the red-hot magma. Suddenly, the old witch doctor, Joe, shows up. He says that all giraffes have brown spots, so there’s no such thing as "witch doctor’s disease". Gloria runs up to Melman and tells him not to jump. However, as she runs up to the precipice, she stumbles and cracks it. Melman starts running towards her, past the crumbling precipice. She grabs him by his horns. They profess their love for each other. Just then, Marty runs in and tells them that Alex is in trouble and they need the plane.

At the crash site, the monkeys are on strike, Mason and Phil are negotiating with Skipper, and demanding maternity leave (even though the monkeys are all males). Gloria, Marty and Melman run up and tell them to get the plane ready immediately, but Skipper can’t until he "breaks the union". However, Phil comes up with "incriminating" photos of Skipper and his bobblehead doll. Skipper grants their maternity leave, and the monkeys get right to work.

Alex is taken to the tourists’ colony, where they plan to roast him for dinner. Just then, Zuba shows up and frees Alex. Seeing that the tourists are New Yorkers, Alex starts doing his famous dance. The tourists recognize Alex, who they thought was dead. At first bewildered, Zuba also joins in the fun. However, Nana still wants to eat them and aims the shotgun at them. Suddenly, the plane flies overhead and drops a bucket down, with a monkey-chain (several monkeys holding hands) holding onto it. The lions get inside and, thanks to some miscommunication up the monkey-chain, the penguins are ordered to take out the dam. Nana stands on top of the dam and tries to shoot the plane down. One of the bullets goes through the plane’s windshield and blows off the bobblehead doll’s head, prompting Skipper to scream for a medic (as in, Private with duct tape). Out of bullets, Nana waves her hand bag right before the bucket strikes the dam like a wrecking ball, smashing it and sending the water back down the river.

Meanwhile, at the volcano, Julien and Maurice stand alone at the precipice, wondering about the sacrifice. Suddenly, along comes Mort, who survived the fall and the ocean, and is currently trying to survive the huge, scary shark that’s followed him inland. As the shark lunges at the lemurs, they hang off the edge of the precipice, while "Jaws" plummets to a fiery death below. At that moment, they see water flowing towards the watering hole, leading them to believe that the sacrifice worked.

The parched animals are overjoyed to see the water back. They are happier when they see Alex and Zuba standing proudly on the capsule, floating on the water towards them. Makunga comes along and haughtily tells them that, though they brought the water back, Alex is still banished. Alex tells him that he has a gift for him and gives him Nana’s handbag. Makunga takes it happily, but the gift has an accompaniment inside the capsule – Nana! Seeing her handbag around Makunga’s shoulder, she screams "Bad kitty!" and attacks him, leading him away by the ear. Zuba picks up the fallen scepter and offers it to Alex. Alex refuses, but Zuba insists they at least share it, both as Alpha Lions, as the animals rejoice.

We then see the animals at a wedding. Although initially Gloria and Melman are seen in the center of the wedding party, it eventually pans down to the real couple: Skipper the penguin and his hula dancer bobblehead doll, her head held to the body with duct tape. Melman comments off-hand that the marriage will never last. The penguins and monkeys fly off in the plane for a honeymoon in Monte Carlo, to be paid for with the earlier-found diamonds and gold. Alex, Marty, Melman, Gloria and the lemurs are content to wait in Africa until they return. Alex tells Zuba that they’ll be staying with them. Zuba has an angry look on his face, but does the "happy face/angry face" gag, with his paw. They all laugh. Melman and Gloria look lovingly at each other, and Melman blubbers about what he loves about her. Marty ribs Alex, saying he’s not Marty. Alex laughs, but just for confirmation, looks at Marty’s behind for his bite mark again, causing Marty to bump him. They walk towards the watering hole.

 

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Lorne Orleans known as IMAX version
  • Mireille Soria known as producer
  • Mark Swift known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Ben Stiller known as Alex (voice)
  • Chris Rock known as Marty / Additional Zebras (voice)
  • David Schwimmer known as Melman (voice)
  • Jada Pinkett Smith known as Gloria (voice)
  • Sacha Baron Cohen known as Julien (voice)
  • Cedric the Entertainer known as Maurice (voice)
  • Andy Richter known as Mort (voice)
  • Bernie Mac known as Zuba (voice)
  • Alec Baldwin known as Makunga (voice)
  • Sherri Shepherd known as Mom (voice)
  • Will i Am known as Moto Moto (voice) (as Will.I.Am)
  • Elisa Gabrielli known as Nana (voice)
  • Tom McGrath known as Skipper / Lemur (voice)
  • Chris Miller known as Kowalski (voice)
  • Christopher Knights known as Private (voice)
  • Conrad Vernon known as Mason (voice)
  • Quinn Dempsey Stiller known as Baby Alex (voice)
  • Declan Swift known as Baby Alex (voice)
  • Fred Tatasciore known as Teetsi / Poacher #1 / Elephant (voice)
  • Eric Darnell known as Joe the Witch Doctor / Poacher #2 (voice)
  • Willow Smith known as Baby Gloria (voice)
  • Thomas Stanley known as Baby Marty (voice)
  • Zachary Gordon known as Baby Melman (voice)
  • Meredith Vieira known as Newscaster (voice)
  • Lesley Stahl known as Newscaster (voice)
  • Al Roker known as Newscaster (voice)
  • David Soren known as Lemur (voice)
  • Phil LaMarr known as Guide (voice)
  • Stephen Kearin known as Stephen the Giraffe / Tourist with Video Camera / Rhino (voice)
  • Dan O'Connor known as Tourist with University Shirt / Cape Buffalo (voice)
  • Edie Mirman known as Telephone Recording (voice)
  • Stacy Ferguson known as Hippo Girlfriend (voice)
  • Harland Williams known as Additional Giraffe (voice)
  • Danny Jacobs known as Tourist with New York T-Shirt (voice)
  • Bridget Hoffman known as Female Tourist (voice)
  • Terrence Hardy Jr. known as Cub (voice) (as Terence Hardy)
  • Conner Rayburn known as Little Giraffe (voice)
  • Holly Dorff known as Fish (voice)
  • David P. Smith known as Bobby the Dik Dik (voice) (as David Smith)
  • Lynnanne Zager known as Lioness (voice)
  • Jackie Gonneau known as Additional Dik Dik (voice)
  • John Eric Bentley known as Additional Dialogue (voice) (as John Bentley)

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Supporting Department

Art Department:
  • Kelly Asbury known as storyboard artist
  • Jessie Carbonaro known as production supervisor
  • Gary Graham known as storyboard artist
  • Kory Heinzen known as visual development artist
  • Tim Heitz known as storyboard artist
  • Travis Koller known as visual development artist
  • Bryan Gregg LaShelle known as visual development
  • Kenard Pak known as visual development
  • Ruben Perez known as visual development
  • Cecile Picard known as sculptor
  • Doug Pierce known as visual development artist
  • Caprice Ann Ridgeway known as art researcher
  • Ryan Savas known as art department production assistant
  • Pablo Weiss known as lead artist
  • James Wood Wilson known as production illustrator

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Company

Production Companies:

  • DreamWorks Animation
  • Pacific Data Images (PDI)

Other Companies:

  • 20th Century Fox Studios  post-production facilities (as Twentieth Century Fox Studios)
  • Abbey Road Studios  score recorded at
  • Air Lyndhurst Studios  score recorded at (as Air Studios)
  • Dakota Music Services  music preparation (as Dakota Music)
  • Duck Studios  main titles designed and produced by
  • Getty Images  footage
  • Hewlett Packard  technical services
  • Hewlett Packard  workstations and servers
  • Hothouse Music  score coordination
  • Howard Schwartz Recording  dialogue recording studio (as HSR/NY)
  • Interscope Records  soundtrack
  • Isobel Griffiths Limited  orchestral contractor: London
  • Klass Security and Investigations  anti-piracy film security (uncredited)
  • L.A. Mad Dogs  ADR
  • L.A. Studios, The  dialogue recording studio
  • Post Modern Sound  adr recording facility
  • Purcell Singers, The  choir
  • Remote Control Productions  recording studio
  • Skywalker Sound  post-production sound services
  • Soundtrack  adr facility
  • will.i.am music group  soundtrack

Distributors:

  • Paramount Pictures (2008) (worldwide) (theatrical)
  • Paramount Japan (2009) (Japan) (theatrical) (as Paramount Pictures Japan)
  • Paramount Pictures (2008) (France) (theatrical)
  • Paramount Pictures (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2008) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2008) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2008) (Sweden) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2008) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2008) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Argentina Video Home (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Argentina Video Home (2009) (Argentina) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Bontonfilm (2008) (Czech Republic) (all media)
  • DreamWorks Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD)
  • DreamWorks Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Film1 (2010) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Finnkino (2008) (Finland) (all media)
  • Home Box Office (HBO) (2009) (USA) (TV)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2009) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2009) (Sweden) (DVD)
  • SBS6 (2011) (Netherlands) (TV)

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Other Stuff

Visual Effects by:
  • Gianni Aliotti known as lead lighter
  • Benjamin Andersen known as visual effects artist
  • Florent Andorra known as effects animator: PDI/Dreamworks
  • Patrick Angell known as surfacing technical director
  • Jason Arold known as matte painting technical director
  • Stephen Bailey known as lead lighter
  • Ken Ball known as lead lighter
  • David Juan Bianchi known as layout artist
  • Eli Bocek-Rivele known as lighting technical director
  • Andrew Bonello known as visual effects compositing engineer
  • Silviu Borac known as senior fx r&d engineer
  • Kane Brassington known as paint fix artist
  • Wendell Bruno known as assistant DMR editor (IMAX version)
  • Jeff Budsberg known as visual effects
  • Sophie Burie known as character effects animator
  • Joshua Caez known as matte painter
  • Kristopher Campbell known as character effects animator
  • Craig Cannon known as paint fix artist
  • Lindsey Caplan known as visual effects coordinator
  • Kevin Carney known as character effects artist
  • Gregg Carrier known as software engineer
  • Mathieu Cassagne known as lead lighter
  • Min-Yu Chang known as CG modeler: PDI DreamWorks
  • Chloe Chao known as research and development
  • David S. Cheng known as technical director
  • Adam Chin known as lighting artist
  • Woojin Choi known as surfacing artist
  • Hermann Chong known as media tools engineer
  • Sebastien Chort known as lighting artist
  • Paul Chung known as supervising animator
  • Bryan Cline known as research and development
  • Michael Collery known as creative supervisor: matte painting
  • Lisa Slates Connors known as surfacing artist
  • Simon Corbaux known as modeling artist
  • Robert Edward Crawford known as layout artist
  • Gregory Creaser known as digital intermediate colorist
  • Christian Cunningham known as additional lighter
  • Tony Davidson known as surfacing artist
  • Kwesi Davis known as production engineer
  • Gilbert Davoud known as character technical director
  • Mark A. Decker known as lighting artist
  • Nathaniel Dirksen known as character technical director
  • David Doepp known as surfacing artist
  • Chris Doerhoff known as paint fix artist
  • Kirsten Drummond known as lighting artist
  • David Eberle known as fx engineer
  • Cassandra Fanning known as digital effects artist
  • Jon Farrell known as character effects animator
  • Peter Farson known as character technical director
  • Angela Ensele Firebaugh known as modeler
  • Benjamin Fischler known as lighter & compositor
  • Aaron Florez known as surfacing supervisor
  • Nathan Fok known as character effects artist
  • Jerome Fournier known as digital artist
  • Adam Gaige known as lighting technical director
  • Mariana Galindo known as character effects animator
  • Akash Garg known as fx engineer
  • Greg Gladstone known as visual effects
  • Philippe Gluckman known as visual effects supervisor
  • Dan Golembeski known as lighting technical director
  • Lee Graft known as character effects supervisor
  • Darin K. Grant known as head of production technology
  • Alex Gurevich known as lighting and compositing technical director
  • Lei Han known as lighting artist
  • Katy Harrison known as lighting technical director
  • Greg Hart known as effects lead
  • Susan Hayden known as cg supervisor
  • Jeff Hayes known as modeling supervisor
  • Pamela Hobbs known as senior digital matte artist
  • Robert Holder known as lighter: DreamWorks
  • Nicholas Sanger Hoppe known as character effects animator
  • Pamela Hu known as final layout artist
  • Milana Huang known as character technical director supervisor
  • Joe Hughes known as character effects artist
  • Michael Scott Hutchinson known as character technical director
  • Katya Isichenko known as character effects artist
  • Geoffrey Jarrett known as crowd animator
  • Jeffrey 'JJ' Jay known as character technical director
  • Gregory Jennings known as additional lighter
  • Patrick Jensen known as matte painter
  • Jeff A. Johnson known as CG lighter
  • Amy Rae Jones known as lighter
  • Tobin Jones known as visual effects
  • Kaishin Kam known as lead technical director
  • Carl Kaphan known as effects animator
  • Laurent Kermel known as senior effects artist
  • Oth Khotsimeuang known as lighting artist
  • Michel Kinfoussia known as lighting artist
  • Jennifer Leigh King known as digital artist
  • Robert Kopinsky known as effects animator
  • John Lai known as lighting artist
  • Fangwei Lee known as visual effects artist
  • Jinwoo Lee known as modeler
  • Minhyung Lee known as lighter
  • Erin Lehmkühl known as digital effects artist (as Erin Lehmkuhl)
  • Jim Leuper known as effects engineer
  • Penny Leyton known as character technical director
  • Kirk Lilwall known as third assistant editor: DMR (IMAX version)
  • Olive Lin known as visual effects
  • Fabio Lissi known as production engineer
  • Amber Stewart Lunderville known as lighting artist
  • Marc Machuca known as paint fix artist
  • Cara Malek known as character technical director
  • Mark Manfrey known as effects artist
  • Michael Manza known as lead lighter: DreamWorks Animation
  • Rodriguez Mathias known as character effects artist
  • John McGee known as digital artist
  • Steve McGrath known as modeler
  • Timothy Bud McMahon known as lighting artist
  • Antonio Meazzini known as digital effects artist
  • Samantha Michel known as lighting technical director
  • Tony Mitzelfelt known as lighting artist
  • Tony Mitzelfelt known as technical director
  • Cristian Moras known as lighter & compositor
  • Gaku Nakatani known as lead lighter
  • Ori Neidich known as media tools & post-production technology engineer
  • Jennifer Stephenson Newlin known as surfacer
  • Ronman Yiu Yan Ng known as key lighting artist
  • Brett Nystul known as modeler
  • Justin Onstine known as crowd supervisor
  • Tanner Owen known as crowd animator
  • Cosku Ozdemir known as effects animator: PDI/Dreamworks
  • Michael J. Pan known as production engineer
  • Rupali Parekh known as lighting artist
  • Alex Patanjo known as visual effects
  • Andrew Pearce known as director of reseach and development
  • Devon Penney known as global effects animator
  • Drew Perttula known as pipeline engineer
  • Olivier Pinol known as lighting sequence lead
  • Jerome Platteaux known as lighter/compositor
  • Sven Pohle known as character technical director
  • Joyce Powell known as lighting artist
  • Tsun-Hui Andrea Pun known as surfacing artist
  • Andrew Pungprakearti known as digital effects artist
  • Gene Ragan known as technical lead
  • Scott Raymond known as crowd animator
  • Jason Rickwald known as visual effects
  • Damon Riesberg known as character effects artist
  • Frank Ritlop known as digital artist
  • Eli Rod known as lighter
  • Max Rodriguez known as visual effects coordinator
  • Milton E. Rodriguez-Rios known as CG supervisor
  • Craig Edward Rogers Jr. known as film recording
  • Alan Rosenfeld known as digital effects artist
  • Eric Roth known as lighting artist
  • Frank Sabia Jr. known as lead lighter
  • Violette Sacre known as surfacing artist
  • Hayyim Sanchez known as surfacer
  • Nico Scapel known as character technical director
  • Paul Schoeni known as modeler
  • Sheldon Serrao known as effects animator: PDI/Dreamworks
  • Hannah Sherman known as lighting artist
  • Jon Shih known as lighting technical director
  • Scott Singer known as visual effects supervisor
  • Marty Sixkiller known as media tools supervisor
  • Drew Solodzuk known as DMR editor (IMAX version)
  • Joon Taik Song known as effects animator
  • Young Song known as surfacing artist
  • Steven Sorensen known as layout artist
  • Dug Stanat known as character technical director
  • Jessi Stumpfel known as lighting artist
  • John Swanson known as effects production supervisor
  • Ka Yaw Tan known as lighting artist
  • Amy Taylor known as character effects technical director
  • Patrick Taylor known as character rigger
  • Matthew Territo known as surfacing technical director
  • Stuart Tett known as effects artist
  • Joanne Thiel known as effects animator
  • Erik Tillmans known as compositor: titles
  • Pete Upson known as layout artist
  • George Vajna known as second assistant DMR editor (IMAX version)
  • Mauricio Valderrama known as paint fix artist
  • David Patrick Valera known as layout artist
  • Baptiste Van Opstal known as effects animator
  • Kevin Vassey known as animator
  • Brent Villalobos known as production engineer
  • John Wake known as senior surfacing artist
  • David Walden known as character technical director
  • Jason Waltman known as visual effects artist
  • Joshua West known as modeler
  • Andrew Wheeler known as effects lead
  • Gabriel White known as lighting artist
  • Rhiannon Leffanta Wilhelmi known as layout artist
  • Lori Williams known as digital artist
  • David D. Wilson known as effects technical director
  • Laura Wood known as production engineer
  • Tommy Wright known as lighting artist
  • Ting Ting Wu known as character effects technical director
  • Gentaro Yamamoto known as surfacing artist
  • Ken Yao known as character effects animator
  • Emily Yi known as lighting artist
  • Ji Hyun Yoon known as visual effects
  • Alfred Young known as lighting artist
  • Melva Young known as lead lighter
  • Alon Zaslavsky known as character effects artist: PDI/Dreamworks
  • Todd Zullo known as crowd animator
  • Markus Burki known as effects animator (uncredited)
  • Ardie Johnson known as modeler (uncredited)
  • Taylor Shaw known as effects animator (uncredited)
  • Hsin-i Tseng known as end title animator: duck studios (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • Kazakhstan 30 October 2008
  • Russia 30 October 2008
  • Ukraine 30 October 2008
  • Hungary 6 November 2008
  • Philippines 7 November 2008
  • USA 7 November 2008
  • Czech Republic 13 November 2008
  • Singapore 13 November 2008
  • Slovakia 13 November 2008
  • Netherlands 19 November 2008
  • Denmark 21 November 2008
  • Finland 21 November 2008
  • Norway 21 November 2008
  • Sweden 21 November 2008
  • Israel 22 November 2008 (Natanya) (premiere)
  • Egypt 26 November 2008
  • Portugal 27 November 2008
  • Bulgaria 28 November 2008
  • Colombia 28 November 2008
  • Iceland 28 November 2008
  • Romania 28 November 2008
  • Spain 28 November 2008
  • Turkey 28 November 2008
  • Belgium 3 December 2008
  • France 3 December 2008
  • Switzerland 3 December 2008 (French speaking region)
  • Argentina 4 December 2008
  • Chile 4 December 2008
  • Germany 4 December 2008
  • Peru 4 December 2008
  • Switzerland 4 December 2008 (German speaking region)
  • Austria 5 December 2008
  • Ireland 5 December 2008
  • Mexico 5 December 2008
  • UK 5 December 2008
  • Pakistan 9 December 2008
  • Croatia 11 December 2008
  • Brazil 12 December 2008
  • Estonia 12 December 2008
  • Latvia 12 December 2008
  • Venezuela 12 December 2008
  • Australia 18 December 2008
  • Greece 18 December 2008
  • Israel 18 December 2008
  • Italy 19 December 2008
  • Panama 19 December 2008
  • Hong Kong 20 December 2008
  • Indonesia 24 December 2008
  • Thailand 25 December 2008
  • Poland 1 January 2009
  • South Korea 8 January 2009
  • Taiwan 23 January 2009
  • Japan 1 March 2009 (Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival)
  • Japan 14 March 2009

MPAA: Rated PG for some mild crude humor

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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10 Comments

  1. www.ramascreen.com from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 4:41 pm

    Rarely have I seen animated family sequel movie that's as good orbetter than its predecessor but speaking as a movie freak who didn'tlike the first installment, I gotta say I'm very much entertained byMADAGASCAR: ESCAPE 2 Africa and it way funnier than the original movie.Dreamworks has a habit of doing this… what it lacks in its story andoverall animation (Pixar still rules in those departments!) it makes upfor it in its sense of humor. This is the movie that every age canenjoy and it has only a very, very few silly, lame moments but for themost part, you just got to move it, move it! The whole team is back, itdoesn't take long for you to remember what each character is all about,there's no need for re-introduction but there is a bunch of newcharacters thrown in to the den without having to take us inunnecessary complication of having to understand what they are. Theconcept is simple and the jokes are funny. Here you see all thecharacters stranded in Africa and meet a their own kind. It's thefreedom they've always wanted but don't really want at the same time.They have trouble fitting in and getting in touch with their heritage,all the while friendship and feelings are being put to the testresulting in an exciting adventure at the end that brings them closertogether again. Kids will love it, Parents will be glad about it, andthe rest of us will find it to be very amusing.

    MADAGASCAR: ESCAPE 2 Africa will feel like too short of a movie, butthat's also something that I can appreciate because I don't think ithas any intention of trying to be all Oscar worthy, it's nothing morethan telling a light, enjoyable story with good moral value lesson andthat's about it. If the running time were any longer, it would losesome of its target audience. Hands down, without dragging this reviewany more than it has to, the best part of this movie once again, arethe penguins! Those dudes are hardcore gangsters and freakin'hilarious! They should have their own spin-off, stand-alone movie, justabout them scheming something deviant and mission impossible-esquire. Icould watch them work together and hear their smartass, cockyremarks/attitude about a thousand more times and they'll still crack meup. If you find no reason to watch this movie, then at least watch itto check out those awesome penguins.

  2. shadowycat from los angeles
    30 Mar 2012, 4:41 pm

    As with the comment ahead of mine: it's all about the penguins. Theyshould have their own movie.

    We were chanting: more penguins, more penguins. At the screening wejust saw, people who loved the first Madagascar movie waited excitedlyfor the magic to begin… I LOVED the first one. Interesting note: Iliked the first one better, but my BF thinks this one has a better anddeeper plot and pointed out in particular that while in the first oneGloria (the hippo) was the butt of many fat jokes, in this one she iscelebrated just for being beautiful.

    The whole movie is breathtakingly beautiful. We didn't see this on IMAXbut I bet the IMAX version will be a treat.

    Sascha Baron Cohen's King is again the hands-down favorite, I heard aripple of joy murmur through the theater at everything he said and did,although my personal favorites (after the Penguins) are Maurice andMort, the King's cohorts.

    BF was also teasing me mercilessly because (and I'm nearly ashamed toadmit it) there's one scene that had me totally teared up! Yes, Icried. Can't spoil it – go see the movie and tell me after if you knowwhat choked me up! The film did not hold the attention of some of thevery small children at the screening we saw, because some portions ofthe film only involve adult storyline concerning the adult starcharacters (Alec Baldwin, Jada Pinkett Smith, Chris Rock, and so forth)but when the little characters are on screen (the baby lion inparticular is DARLING) the children present were absolutely captivated.

    It's fun. It's not the greatest movie of all time, but it's very funand children will want to watch it again and again.

  3. Dave from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 4:41 pm

    I thought that the first Madagascar had promising characters and adecent premise, but it was very poorly put together. My son, who was 8or 9 at the time loved the movie, however. We saw the sequel thismorning and we both agreed – it was much better than the original. And,since part II begins with a brief summary of part I, there is no needto see the first one to understand what's happening in the new movie.All the main characters are back and there are many new ones as well.Going in, the big question on my mind was "do the penguins play abigger role in the sequel?"… answer is "Yes, but not much bigger".All in all an enjoyable movie that outshines it's predecessor!

  4. Kristine (kristinedrama14@msn.com) from Chicago, Illinois
    30 Mar 2012, 4:41 pm

    I am a fan of the first Madagascar film, I know there are a lot ofpeople who dissed it, but I thought it was cute. So when I saw thetrailer for Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, I was excited. I saw it onFriday and I absolutely enjoyed this fun family film. I think this evenhad a more coherent plot as well, plus how could you not love thepenguins? They are absolutely hilarious and need their own movie, maybea Full Metal Jacket with penguins! Anyways, I loved the characters somuch, they're back and better than ever. They even ended up giving thelittle old lady from the first Madagascar who fought Alex the Lion, shehas a bigger role and was so awesome to watch and listen too. I thinkthe jokes were even funnier than the first Madagascar, my favoritescene without a doubt was the plane sequence in the beginning. But thewhole story was just a blast to watch.

    Alex, Marty, Gloria, and Melman are still looking to go back to Africa,everything seems to be a good and they start to fly back with thepenguins as well as Julien. But the plane runs out of fuel and crashes,they are still in Africa, but bump into an animal pack where Alex findshis long lost parents, Marty finds out that all zebras are likehim(imagine being surrounded by 1,000 Chris Rocks*shudder*), Gloria hasa hunky hippo who is crushing on her, and Melman becomes the giraffewitch doctor of his group. Alex is about to be initiated into hispride, but one lion does not want him part of the group and will doanything to become leader.

    Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is definitely worth your watch, it's notthe animated film of the year, but it was a lot of fun to watch. Itkind of reminded me of The Lion King a little bit, it has a similarstory. It's a great family film and is fun for both the kids and theadults as well. Although I still think it's funny that Alex is voicedby Ben Stiller and his dad is voiced by Bernie Mac, but it's all good,who knows, maybe Alex's dad just had a little more soul in him. I wouldrecommend this film, it was a lot of fun to watch and I suggest wewrite in a script for those penguins! They're a blast to watch onscreen.

    7/10

  5. DICK STEEL from Singapore
    30 Mar 2012, 4:41 pm

    Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer and Jada Pinkett Smith areback in their animated animal roles which 3 years ago saw their zooanimals being transported to Madagascar in a typical fish out of watertale, where they had to rely on their street smarts and friendship tosurvive in an environment they do not fully understand. While it's theusual pop-culture jokes and witty one liners that plague recentanimated films, there were some gems in that movie, the ones whichstuck suck as the crowd favourite penguins stealing the whole show, aswell as the madcap rave party tune Move It!

    Beginning directly where we last saw Alex the Lion (Stiller), Marty theZebra (Rock), Melman the Giraffe (Schwimmer) and Gloria the Hippo(Smith), the penguins have finally built a plane that ought to bringour merry crew back to New York, together with Julien the lemur (SachaBaron Cohen) and his sidekick (Cedric the Entertainer), but of courseshould that happen, there'll be no sequel to begin with. So we have thecrew crash land into the continent Africa, thereby guaranteeing yetanother tale of being from the outside, but now having a habitat that'smuch closer to their natural environment, one which sees the animaltypes in question grouped together into one reserve for storytellingconvenience.

    Directed by Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath, who also provided the voiceof Skipper the head penguin, the storyline might seem like a poor man'scousin to Disney's The Lion King, what with exiles and alpha-lionsbattling it out to be king of the habitat. The filmmakers had taken theopportunity to craft the backstory for Alex a little more, so that themain plot of his return to his home could be dwelled upon, with subplots for the others to fall into place. You have Alex's return andreunion with his parents, with adversary coming from an earliergeneration, there's Marty who discovers that he's no longer unique butthe same as every other hundredth zebra out there, Glora looking forlove with other hippos now that there's no lack of suitors, and Melmanfighting his own cowardice to reveal his feelings for Gloria, as wellas being appointed the witch doctor for the land.

    And if you think that the primary voice cast is already A-list, thefilm piles on to that list with the likes of the late Bernie Macvoicing Zuba the alpha-lion, Alec Baldwin again in a villainous role ashis rival Makunga, and Will.i.am of Black Eyed Peas in a hilarious roleof hippo-Casanova Moto Moto (the name's so good you have to say ittwice!) The songs department falls up a bit short this time round,though thankfully "Move It!" wasn't conveniently and lazily playedad-nauseam. Given the army of illustrators working on the project, youcan't expect quality to drop from its predecessor, though there'snothing new to be injected into a mature presentation.

    Despite the plundering of the same old family values / theme /storyline and the importance of establishing strong friendships, thisnew Madagascar managed to deliver on multiple fronts, joining the ranksof the few whose sequels are superior than the original. The comedywhich got piled up here managed to work through the punchlines, leadingto a number of characters like the monkeys and even the tough-cookiegranny to steal some limelight from the lovable penguins. If you likedthe original, then you'e likely to fall in love with this one.

  6. diac228 (diac1987@netscape.net) from Orlando, Florida
    30 Mar 2012, 4:41 pm

    The original Madagascar was a break from the typical mold in familyanimated entertainment; it was fearless, didn't slow down to teach alesson, and was not afraid of entertaining solely on physical humor.The content was light, but it was so satisfying that it wound up beingDreamwork's second best animated movie of them all—behind Shrek. Thezany cast of characters easily exceeds the number of memorablecharacters in Shrek, and contained more humor and creativity than allof the other Dreamworks animated flicks before and ever since.

    In the second installment, you see the writers trying to give thefranchise a dosage of heart and sentimentality, which is what madeShrek the instant classic it became. A bit of heart can definitelypropel an animated movie into masterpiece status (see Toy Story andFinding Nemo) however this is not the franchise to do it. Madagascar isabout the cast and how they interact with each other and the conflictthat is presented onto them. While the laughs are definitely here, theattempt for emotion constantly makes this film slows down and keeps itfrom being a superior installment when placed against the original.That being said, it's still a fun, entertaining, and unpredictablemovie that continues the zaniness that made the original a personalguilty pleasure of mine.

    In Escape 2 Africa, we follow the New York zoo animals, the psychoticpenguins, the monkeys, and the lemur leaders as they unexpectedly arestranded in the middle of Africa. While at first the main four (Marty,Alex, Melman, Gloria) are rather happy at their new environment, theyquickly realize that it's not all that it seems, and that their newtemporary home is splitting the four apart. In the meantime, thepenguins attempt to repair the plane that they accidentally destroyed.The writers did a good job in presenting all sorts of new gags and yetagain refrain from referencing pop culture too much (although theTwilight Zone nod was hilarious). But, they couldn't deliver theemotional impact because of one main reason: this franchise wasn'tmeant to ever slow down in terms of pacing. Like a roller coaster, thismovie moves sometimes extremely fast, and then can grind into a halt inthe next scene. Lastly the main four don't interact much with eachother, but more with the environment. There literally are at least 8plots happening at once—some of them are good, some of them aren't.

    The voice acting remains decent, but there are fewer lines by theoriginal cast, and more from supporting characters and new characters.Bernie Mac, rest in peace, but his performance was rather bland andcould have been done by anyone else. Alec Baldwin didn't have much of achance to lend his comedic skills either. Yet again, the penguins andSacha Baron Cohen steal every scene they are in, no matter how mediocrethe previous scene was. Cohen (as Julien) has an obvious knack forcomedy, and delivers every line perfectly for two movies in a row; notbad at all. Ben Stiller had fewer chances at being funny, as they hadto handle all the major slower moments. Chris Rock's role wassurprisingly limited, especially for someone who did so well in theoriginal.

    The one major improvement from the original was the animation, whichwas crisp, fluid, and flowed better. Surely it's undeniably no Wall-E(Or even 2007's Ratatouille), but it's still respectably an improvementover previous work. The jokes themselves are hit-and-miss like theoriginal; the only difference is this one has more misses. Plus it'sthe recurring jokes that are missing; the hula girl, feisty tourist,repetitive herd, and lion-dancing bits all didn't elicit much laughterfrom the audience, nor from me. We just needed much more Julien, andmuch more penguin-action. Maybe in the future the focus will shift; inthe meantime they are just grabbing all the spotlight and attention.

    Bottom Line: Exactly what Scrat did to Ice Age: The Meltdown years ago,we have minor/supporting characters becoming the main hit and runningthe show. While the original four characters take a backseat and addemotion to a franchise that's too fast-paced for this sort of stuff, wehave the penguins and Julien taking over the movie and keeping it frombeing another totally disappointing animated sequel like everystraight-to-video Disney sequel, the ugly Shrek sequels, or Ice Age 2.The entertainment level is still magnificent the second time around,but it won't age as well as the first Madagascar did. Leave the heartto Pixar, because those folks have nailed it perfectly for years.Dreamworks can serve as the escapist cinema in terms of animation, butif they continue imitating and try to outdo Pixar, it will just dampenthe quality of all their movies. Madagascar 2 is the prime example ofthis: purely fun and entertaining until it tries to distribute familyvalues. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is also proof that those hilariouspenguins need their own movie, pretty much immediately.

    Yes, right now.

  7. demonyoyozl from China
    30 Mar 2012, 4:41 pm

    This movie really will give you a good laugh. It is about a newadventure of the four friends: Alex the lion, Melman the giraffe, Martythe zebra, Gloria the hippo. On the trip back to New York, they had anair crash and came to Africa instead. There, they found their roots andalso came across some difficulties. In this movie, there are manysupporting roles. And among them, the four little penguins played animportant part and even covered the other main roles for their geniusand humor. From the very beginning, the four penguins spoofed theDreamWorks icon. As for their popularity, the DreamWorks even plannedto make a film about the Madagascar Penguins. I'm really lookingforward to it. In this movie, the film makers pictured us an amazingAfrica with wild animals and beautiful landscapes. The visual effectsare pretty good and impressing. And I like the theme song "Move It",really making me full of energy and feel the desire of dancing with thecharacters. The last scene when Marty said that "Love has no boundary",I can't agree more. And I think that this does not only apply to lovebetween lovers but also apply to love between friends and family. Allin all, this is quite a funny movie and worth watching.

  8. krazykiter from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 4:41 pm

    Just saw this at a discount movie theater ($2.50 a seat) and that'sabout what it's worth. Don't watch it expecting some major innovativework of art – it isn't, nor was it meant to be. It's purely fun fluff.

    Without a doubt, the penguins steal the show. Their banter and anticsare just downright hysterical. Granny on the other hand, needs to beretired. A cameo of her might have been funny, but she is overused tothe point of irritation.

    The ill-fated aircraft ride is a raucous ride, but after that the storysplits into four or five (at least) concurrent sub-plots, so enoughtime isn't really given to each, and the pacing tends to jerk along inspurts. Basically it seems as if the filmmakers just strung togetherscenes of the funniest supporting characters from the original thentried to wrap it around a Lion King send-up.

    All that said, I actually liked this one better than the original. Notevery movie is intended to be a piece of ground-breaking cinematicartistry and this certainly isn't. But it IS just downright fun towatch. Now if Dreamworks would just give the penguins their OWNfull-length picture…

  9. ccthemovieman-1 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 4:41 pm

    Well, so far "Madagascar" is two-for-two in the laughs department. Thisis just as good, if not better, than the first film.

    It's another good example of the "new" (last 10 years) kind of animatedfeature film that adults can enjoy just as much as the kids. In somecases, perhaps like this one, adults would laugh even more because manyof the gags might over the kids' heads. I'm not talking sexualinnuendos, just references to things older people could recognize.

    It isn't just the writing that is excellent; the artwork isspectacular, especially on Blu-Ray. The colors and the detail are justamazing! More than once, my jaw dropped at what I was seeing on the TVscreen. Like the first Madagascar, the high-def images are trulyspectacular.

    The combination of humor, drama, family and friendship ties and romanceall make this a wonderful animated movie and the 90 minutes zip by.

  10. Dragoneyed363 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 4:41 pm

    I was really excited about seeing the sequel to Madagascar, because Ireally loved the first and thought it was one of the best animations ofthe decade, regardless of how underrated it is, and this looked just asgood, and in my opinion it almost was. Both of them are excellent filmsthat are nothing but fun and are super energetic from the moment theycome on screen, and this just made me appreciate the first even morethan I already did, and am even looking forward to a third installment.The quality of this film might seem more fast paced and careless, butit is just as lovable.

    When it started up, I was immediately sucked in, and I never becameuninterested and it never stopped entertaining, because they did anexcellent job at keeping your attention just like the first. There weresome parts in the movie where I felt as if they tried too hard toplease the audience and then others it got a little dumb and boring,but overall I laughed insanely and was very pleased. When it was over Iwanted to watch it again. It's a great sequel to a great movie and Ienjoyed watching it as much as the first, as I have said. Somehilarious scenes like the plane crash, any scene with Moto Moto and ofcourse Mort are lovable too. It's story is touching and fantastic aswell, go see it.

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