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Madagascar (2005)

PG  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy  |  27 May 2005 (USA)
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Spoiled by their upbringing with no idea what wild life is really like, four animals from New York Central Zoo escape, unwittingly assisted by four absconding penguins, and find themselves in Madagascar, among a bunch of merry lemurs

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex (voice)
Marty (voice)
Melman (voice)
Gloria (voice)
Julien (voice)
Maurice (voice)
Mort (voice)
Private (voice)
Kowalski (voice)
Mason (voice)
Zoo Announcer / Lemur #1 / Fossa / Subway Car Announcer (voice)
Police Horse (voice)
Police Officer (voice) (as Steve Apostolina)
Old Lady (voice)


At New York's Central Park Zoo, a lion, a zebra, a giraffe, and a hippo are best friends and stars of the show. But when one of the animals goes missing from their cage, the other three break free to look for him, only to find themselves reunited ... on a ship en route to Africa. When their vessel is hijacked, however, the friends, who have all been raised in captivity, learn first-hand what life can be like in the wild. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

lemur | jungle | zoo | escape | madagascar | See All (76) »


Someone's got a zoo loose. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language, crude humor and some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 May 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Madagaskar  »

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Box Office


$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$61,012,130 (USA) (27 May 2005)


$193,136,719 (USA) (7 October 2005)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Marty rides in to the island on a wave, the theme from Hawaii Five-O plays. Then when Marty and Alex run to each other, the song playing is Chariots of Fire. See more »


The orientation of the word 'GIRAFFE' on Melman's crate changes when he uses it for a tombstone. (From parallel to the arrow to perpendicular). However, if you look closely earlier in the movie, you can see in certain shots, that the other side of the crate has 'GIRAFFE' perpendicular. See more »


[first lines]
Alex the Lion: Surprise!
Marty the Zebra: Aaahhh! Alex! Do not interrupt me when I'm daydreaming. When a zebra's in the zone, leave him alone.
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Crazy Credits

Various characters dance during the first half of the closing credits. See more »


References Planet of the Apes (1968) See more »


Dead Already
from American Beauty
Written by Thomas Newman
Courtesy of DreamWorks SKG
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User Reviews

A nice surprise
14 June 2005 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

The mood you're in when you see a movie has a big impact on how much you enjoy it. I saw this in a cinema packed with young families and it went down well. I laughed a lot, so did my kids, and so did the cinema. I explained to my daughter that pansy meant softy, so I even felt useful.

Having young children means I have sat through quite a lot of this genre, and the use of computers in animation makes things a little over-refined. I seem to be the only person who finds Pixar movies too polished, faultless, and stale. This film can be abrupt and patchy, but in my opinion that makes it more spontaneous.

The movie looks great, the penguins are funny, the king is funny, and the pace and energy are good. About 90 minutes is also the correct length. The plot may be thin but the survival concepts that pepper the movie are good intellectual fodder for children.

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