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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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Alex (voice)
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Marty (voice)
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Melman (voice)
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Gloria (voice)
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Julien (voice)
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Maurice (voice)
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Mort (voice)
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Christopher Knights ...
Private (voice)
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Kowalski (voice)
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Mason (voice)
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Zoo Announcer / Lemur #1 / Fossa / Subway Car Announcer (voice)
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Police Horse (voice)
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Police Officer (voice) (as Steve Apostolina)
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Old Lady (voice)
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Storyline

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

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zoo | escape | madagascar | lemur | zebra | See more »

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Black, White and out Of Sight See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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27 May 2005 (USA)  »

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Madagaskar  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$436,612 (Norway) (16 September 2005)

Gross:

$193,136,719 (USA) (7 October 2005)
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Melman the giraffe wears tissue boxes on his feet. This is a reference to Howard Hughes who was also a hypochondriac and suffered OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder). In his later years, Hughes wore tissue boxes on his feet believing this would keep away germs. See more »

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When the animals have fallen off the ship, the crates go underwater. You expect that the crates will be filled with water, but they are completely dry. See more »

Quotes

[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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Lived Up To Good Reputation - Funny, Colorful
25 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here's another recently-made animated film that has two outstanding characteristics which make it a winner: 1 - consistently funny humor that adults can enjoy, and 2 - beautiful, bold colors.

When a movie is both fun to hear and to watch, I have very few complaints. This movie provides a lot of enjoyment with more jokes perhaps that adults would laugh at than the kids. I can't say that for sure, since I watched it by myself....but I sure got my share of laughs

This is a tale of four zoo animals that wind up in the wilds. To be more precise, they go from the big zoo in New York City to the wilds of Madagascar, an island near Africa. Wherever these "guys" are - the lion, zebra, hippo and giraffe - they are entertaining.

Ben Stiller and Chris Rock, voicing the lion ("Alex") and zebra ("Marty"), respectively, are the two main characters. Jada Pinkett Smith's hippo ("Gloria") and and David Schwimmer's hypochondriac giraffe ("Melman") provide solid support. The main thing is that all the characters, including supporting ones, are likable and funny in their own way. Every character is quite different. The story movies exceptionally fast so the hour-and-a-half is easy to watch.

Maybe the best thing I can say is that I heard a lot of good things about this before watching it, and it lived up to its hype. That's not easy to do.


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