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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) »


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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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?


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 »


Referenced in AniMat's Classic Reviews: Waltz with Bashir (2013) See more »


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

Fun movie for the family
2 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There are so few movies that you can enjoy as a family, so perhaps I've given this more stars than it deserves. I did laugh out loud several times. The jokes are mostly "pop culture" references; for example, (the zebra (Chris Rock) has a treadmill in his area (not a cage, really) at the zoo.

This is sort of a twist on the fish out of water movies, as the zoo animals, according to the local animal rights activists, don't belong in the zoo; they are shipped off to Africa. Hilarity ensues; the animals don't end up at the planned destination and find out that they don't necessarily belong in the wild either. What I found unique about this movie is that for once, the actual nature of the animal is acknowledged. Ben Stiller's lion character realizes that everyone looks like a steak and wants to eat everyone. Of course, he realizes that he's "wrong" (HUH??) and tries to change. The kids loved it, I wasn't totally bored out of my mind, and the animation was pretty good, I thought. The penguins were especially cute. Wish they'd had more screen time.

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