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Madagascar (2005)

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Spoiled by their upbringing and unaware of what wildlife really is, four animals from the New York Central Zoo escape, unwittingly assisted by four absconding penguins, and find themselves in Madagascar.
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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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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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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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lemur | jungle | zoo | escape | madagascar | 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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27 May 2005 (USA)  »

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Madagaskar  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

In the original script Gloria was going to be pregnant due to being part of the zoo's breeding program and the baby was going to be born on the island and Melman, who is revealed to have a crush on Gloria would help raise the child like it was his own son. The idea was too risky for a family movie so the idea was cut from the final version. See more »

Goofs

On the boat when Phil the monkey is telling the penguins "Ship to Kenya wildlife preserve, Africa" in sign language, the other monkey says Kenya before Phil signs it. 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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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 »

Connections

References Pinky and the Brain (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Stayin' Alive
Written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, and Maurice Gibb
Performed by The Bee Gees
Courtesy of Polydor Ltd. (U.K.)
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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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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