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Lots of fun - I saw it with the grandkids and a theater full of families. a great time was had by all. technically speaking, one might say that the story was 'uneven' in places (can you say *that* about animated films? (-:) -- I mention this because there has been some needlessly negative feedback here at IMDb. On the whole, though, the presentation is quick-paced, bright, happy, and delightful to the eyes and ears. There are also some unique, quirky scenes (i.e. animals nonchalantly getting on a subway?) - I love to see stuff I haven't seen before. that's not easy to do, you know - by all accounts, "everything has been done on film already.." - (if you catch my drift). so, give credit when due! enjoy!(-:
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
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.
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.
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
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.
The mood you're in when you see a movie has a big impact on how much
you enjoy it. I saw this in a cinema packed with young families and it
went down well. I laughed a lot, so did my kids, and so did the cinema.
I explained to my daughter that pansy meant softy, so I even felt
Having young children means I have sat through quite a lot of this genre, and the use of computers in animation makes things a little over-refined. I seem to be the only person who finds Pixar movies too polished, faultless, and stale. This film can be abrupt and patchy, but in my opinion that makes it more spontaneous.
The movie looks great, the penguins are funny, the king is funny, and the pace and energy are good. About 90 minutes is also the correct length. The plot may be thin but the survival concepts that pepper the movie are good intellectual fodder for children.
Moderately funny movie. Decent lines, some funny moments. I have to admit I liked Ali G as the king lemur singing "Move It" as did my 7 and 4 year olds. Some funny visuals as well (won't spoil those here) but this movie is nowhere in the league of Shrek or the better Disney stuff, and certainly not as funny as the highlight reel that was the trailer being shown for the last couple of weeks on television. If you haven't gone yet, you might want to wait until it hits your local second-run discount theater, or just rent it because as another poster mentioned, it is in no way worth spending $50+ for a family of four. And the poster who gave it a 10-star review, along with his blathering drivel of a review ("reel" indeed, ugh) is an obvious studio plant, pay it no mind.
Okay. Here we go. Before watching this film, if you read what it is
going to be about, you will find something that could be promising.
Four animals that are close friends in a zoo end up being stranded in
the wild where one of them--the lion--finds out that it is his nature
to hunt down the other three. Now that makes a good story! But the
thing is that the story barely even touched on that. It seemed to go
nowhere and throughout the time that I watched this, I felt as if it
were still beginning and we were being introduced to the characters,
including the ones that later come into play. I didn't feel as if the
peak of the plot was ever reached because I started thinking: What is
the plot? Where is this movie trying to go? Nothing really happens.
This film is like a large introduction that never really goes anywhere.
It barely touches the middle of the story when it suddenly ends. A big
hole was certainly there when the credits came up. A lot could have
been done with this story. We also never really connect with any of the
characters. They are just there. The voices are done well and they
really match with the characters, but that's mostly it. There is not a
lot of character development. But the good news is that many kids will
enjoy this. There is plenty of light humor, especially with the
penguins who steal the show most of the time. There are cute parts and
the visuals are all right. This is no Shrek and it is a little below
Shark Tale in my opinion. Dreamworks could have had a much better film.
So much more could have happened on this island, but alas we were only
introduced to it and nothing else. No, this movie is not horribly bad,
but it is not very good either. I give it an average at best. It is
watchable but that is it for me. The story was handled too weakly. This
movie really had potential. But hey, at least the kids most likely will
enjoy it =)
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.
I took my 8 yr old daughter and a friend of hers to see the movie last
weekend. We had a blast. The humor is one of Dreamworks best. It was
sutle enough on some of the jokes that the younger kids did not catch
on but you could hear the adults chuckling.
My personal favorite was Melmen. He was very funny and I think that everyone can relate to knowing someone like that. (Sick all the time)
I would not recommend kids under the age of 6 to see it though. Their where quite a few little ones in the theater and all you heard was "what are they doing now? Why are people laughing?" etc.
A lot of fun and a lot of laughs. We will definitely own this when it comes out on DVD.
A wonderful movie for all ages.
This films really follows in the footsteps of recent animated blockbusters as Finding Nemo,Shrek, Monster Inc., The Incredibles, Ice Age etc. The story works very well, and it is obvious that the team behind is people who knows their media. It stays on the same course all the way through, something that really is the essence of the success of the animated films these last years, something other writers can really learn from. And that's all the comparison I will do, because it really is its own movie.
A wonderful thing about it is the references to other movies like The Planet of the Apes and American Beauty. Very obvious references I might add. This also means that the filmmakers are aware that a growing number of gross comes from adult audiences as well, and you then have to assume that the story is written for them as well.
The style of the movie is like we are use to in normal cartoons, just put into a new media. And it works very well, you're always aware of it, and yet you sit and really is in awe of the texture of for instance Marty(Chris Rock). The technique is definitely as is to be expected.
Hanz Zimmer, who's becoming a very well known man within the animated world, does a moderate good job, the music is there and really gives the effects it needs, but is just background. Directing is good, and all the characters works in their own way on the screen but are best together. There's a huge deal of very well timed jokes and they all somehow seems to work.
The characters are very amu... sorry, highly amusing. Chris Rock is almost best as voice(like in Dr. Doolittle), where Ben Stiller although he comes through still is more enjoyable as live action. But both of them are easily identified. Jada Pinkett is a bit to anonymous, and David Schwimmer is just great, although his character wins in being a good background joke. Now for the minor characters, as often with these films, the minor characters gets a way with so much attention they deserve a little more attention. The three penguins are awesome, and is the ideal kick starters for this movie. They deliver almost nothing but laughs. The king of the wild Julien(Mr. Ali G) is fun, although without his sidekick Maurice(Cedric) he would be nothing. And then there's the two monkeys also very enjoyable. One minor thing is to me that in seems that the Sabletooth tigers from Ice Age seems to have been copy-pasted into this movie for action, a bit sad but nothing that the movie itself doesn't salvage.
I would rank it among the top ten movies of this year, it is very fun and works very well in most ways. 8/10
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