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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

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They weren't born in the wild... They were shipped there. 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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$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?


Originally, Julien was intended to be a minor character with only two lines. However, when Sacha Baron Cohen auditioned for the role, he improvised not only an Indian accent, but eight minutes of dialogue for his recording. The filmmakers found Cohen's performance so funny that they rewrote the script and made Julien a much more prominent character in the story as King of the Lemurs. See more »


When the crates are stacked on the boat, Melman's crate is big enough for him to move around in. However, when Alex is trying to help him out of it, it is obviously smaller, and Melman cannot even get out of it. 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

You can see Gloria as the Statue of Liberty at the end of all credits, performing a Tinkerbell-esque magic wand tap to end the movie. See more »


References American Beauty (1999) See more »


Boogie Wonderland
Written by Jon Lind & Allee Willis
Performed by Earth Wind & Fire
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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I've Seen Better And Worse. Overall, It Is A Decent Kids Movie That Can Hold Adults Attention As Well.
7 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Let's face it, it's hard to put out a good animation movie that is equal to Shrek, The Incredibles or Finding Nemo. Those are hard movies to follow but Madagascar is by no means a bad movie. In fact, I will still rate this pretty high, as I enjoyed it without watching the clock.

The plot was very easy for children to follow while not so simplistic that adults become bored in the middle. The simple plot was that 4 animals raised in a zoo venture out into the wild and quickly realize how easy they had it back home in the New York Zoo.

There was quite a few humorous scenes in Madagascar, but my favorite has to be the "distinguished" chimps who get offended that the thought of looking or smelling like a monkey is bad. An honorable mention is the penguins who also got more than they bargained for in Antarctica.

While some of the graphics are sub-par to other movies I've mentioned, like Alex the Lion (voiced by Ben Stiller) for instance. At times they look sort of like clay-mation or something, and other they look positively life-like. The scenery and the lemurs stand out as the most beautifully rendered parts of the movie.

This movie is great for getting the kids out of the house and not too bad if the normal adult wants to get away and enjoy something more suitable for the family as well.

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