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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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Gloria (voice)
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Julien (voice)
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Maurice (voice)
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Mort (voice)
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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 All (77) »

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The lemurs: They're cute. They're cuddly. They're deranged. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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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The airplane that the Lemurs hold court in is a Lockheed Electra, the same airplane as Amelia Earhart disappeared in on July 2, 1937. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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[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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Spoofs American Beauty (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

What A Wonderful World
Written by Bob Thiele (as Robert Thiele) & George David Weiss
Performed by Louis Armstrong
Courtesy of The Verve Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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User Reviews

 
It's no "Shrek" or "Finding Nemo" but it's worth the $8.25
30 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I could not disagree with those who are calling this movie boring more. Is it a perfect movie? No. But it is fun, fast-paced, and highly entertaining. A theater full of children laughed almost non-stop, and even my husband (who honestly wanted to see the latest "Star Wars" movie) grudgingly admitted it was pretty good.

The plot is basic: four animals must try to survive in the wild, and along the way learn more about themselves. But the visuals are hilarious, the music is fun, and the interludes with the psychotic penguins? Priceless.

The only part of this movie I disliked was the casting of David Schwimmer. Although he did a fine job, the entire time I felt distracted by his voice- I was reminded too much of his Ross character from "Friends." So, don't go expecting an Oscar-worthy film, or even the next "Shrek." Instead, go to enjoy a piece of indulgent yet funny animation that will keep you laughing.


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