Madagascar (2005) Poster



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Followed by 


The Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper (2005) (Short)
This short features the penguins from the animated hit
Madagascar: Operation Penguin (2005) (Video Game)
Takes place in between sections of the movie.
The Penguins of Madagascar (2008) (TV Series)
Merry Madagascar (2009) (TV Short)


Stalag 17 (1953)
Escapees in both films are called Manfredi and Johnson.
The Flintstones (1960) (TV Series)
When Alex divides the island Marty doesn't care and trots away singing parts of the theme to the Flintstones
The Twilight Zone: To Serve Man (1962) (TV Episode)
Book "To Serve Lemur" held up while screaming "its a cookbook" reference to Twilight Zone episode "To serve Man"
Lord of the Flies (1963)
dead pilots in parachutes; blowing on conch shells
The Great Escape (1963)
When the penguins are digging underneath the ground to escape
National Geographic Specials (1965) (TV Series)
Born Free (1966)
Star Trek (1966) (TV Series)
One of the penguins says "Captain's Log"
Planet of the Apes (1968)
Alex yelling on the beach when the rescue fire burns up
Hawaii Five-O (1968) (TV Series)
As Marty the Zebra comes to the island, he's surfing in to the theme from "Hawaii Five-O" (1968)
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
Alex hears "The Candy Man."
Chariots of Fire (1981)
Running on the beach with "Chariots of Fire" playing.
Today (1982) (TV Series)
Mentions Matt, Katie and Al
Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
Juxtaposes song "It's a Wonderful World" with scenes of violence.
Live with Kelly and Ryan (1988) (TV Series)
Batman (1989)
When Skipper the Penguin quotes Jack Nicholson as the Jack Napier when he says "we've been ratted out, boys."
The Madness of King George (1994)
Charlotte's quote "Smile and wave..." is said by one of the penguins.
Pinky and the Brain (1995) (TV Series)
King Julian and Maurice characters refer to Pinky and the Brain's characters. Physical analogies and almost same voices.
Ravenous (1999)
The way that Alex licks Marty when he's sleep is like Colqhoun in Ravenous licking the soldier.
American Beauty (1999)
Alex is laying on the beach with steaks coming from above while the soundtrack from the movie is played
Cast Away (2000)
When Alex sees Marty building his shack, he tells 'Spalding' the Basketball to Shutup as a reference to Wilson the Volleyball in Cast Away
Shrek (2001)
Characters Shrek and Fiona named by Alex while being delirious searching the others in the beach
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Gloria turns into a green fairy.
Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
End credits--Melman dances the Napoleon

Referenced in 

Entourage: Guys and Doll (2006) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Wer früher stirbt, ist länger tot (2006)
Movie poster when Sebastian walks down the street in the city wanting to buy a guitar
Flushed Away (2006)
Alex the lion doll in Roddy's owner's room
The Amazing Race: He Can't Swim, But He Can Eat Cow Lips (2006) (TV Episode)
While on Madagascar, Mary says, "I only know about the cartoon Madagascar. All the animals there and, oh, I cannot wait to go."
Gettin' It (2006)
poster outside of movie theater
Troldspejlet: Episode #39.5 (2008) (TV Episode)
Jesper Asholt recalls his voice acting in the film in the review of Astérix aux jeux olympiques (2008)
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.49 (2008) (TV Episode)
Included in a $2,000 question
Troldspejlet: Episode #40.13 (2008) (TV Episode)
Jakob Stegelmann mentions the film in his review of Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)
QI: Film (2009) (TV Episode)
Listed as containing a Wilhelm Scream.
Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)
In the scene where Gallxhar in Monsters vs. Aliens (2009) is spreading his message around the world, a clip from Madagascar (2005) can be seen playing in the background on a screen in Times Square.
Last Chance to See: Aye-Aye (2009) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Fry
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.26 (2009) (TV Episode)
Reference in a $1,200 clue in the category "Stars by Movie Roles"
Monsters vs Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space (2009) (TV Short)
Old woman resembling Nana from train station in "Madagascar" answers her door for B.O.B.
The Penguins of Madagascar: Zoo Tube/Snakehead! (2010) (TV Episode)
A cab driver discusses seeing a video of an old lady hitting a lion.
How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
Gloria makes an cameo
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.144 (2010) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $3,000 question
Jeopardy!: 2010 Kids Week Game 1 (2010) (TV Episode)
correct response in "Animated Films" category
The Penguins of Madagascar: The Return of the Revenge of Dr. Blowhole (2011) (TV Episode)
Alex the lion shows up as Skipper's spiritual guide.
Night of the Living Carrots (2011) (Video)
One of the toys that B.O.B. takes from the girl's bedroom is an Alex plush toy.
Paradise Hotel: 12. dag (2012) (TV Episode)
Pernille mentions the movie
Rust and Bone (2012)
Move It Move It soundtrack used during the whales scene.
AniMat's Reviews: Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012) (TV Episode)
AniMat gives his opinion on the films in the series.
Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.96 (2012) (TV Episode)
The announcer mentions the first two Madagascar movies.
AniMat's Reviews: Brave (2012) (TV Episode)
AniMat says Brave's character animation isn't too cartoony like Madagascar.
AniMat's Reviews: Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) (TV Episode)
AniMat believes Ice Age is trying to be the next big animated film series like Madagascar.
Shrek's Thrilling Tales (2012) (Video)
B.O.B. holds an Alex-doll.
AniMat's Reviews: ParaNorman (2012) (TV Episode)
The animated film that was in competition with The Wild.
AniMat's Reviews: Hotel Transylvania (2012) (TV Episode)
AniMat says the Madagascar films have the most cartoony CG character design without passing the limit.
Mad: Outtagascar/Fiends (2012) (TV Episode)
Alex was told that he and his friends already left Madagascar in the first movie.
Castle: Reality Star Struck (2013) (TV Episode)
Castle refers to "the adorable animated film" that made the African nation famous
Saturday Night Live: Zach Galifianakis/Of Monsters and Men (2013) (TV Episode)
Referenced by the Girl You Wish You Hadn't Started a Conversation with at a Party on Weekend Update
Saturday Night Live: Kristen Wiig/Vampire Weekend (2013) (TV Episode)
Referenced in the Target Lady sketch
Turbo (2013)
The chimps Mason and Phil appear on a photo of when Tito had a petting zoo to promote the taco stand.
AniMat's Reviews: Turbo (2013) (TV Episode)
A DreamWorks Animation film with a weird premise.
AniMat's Reviews: Free Birds (2013) (TV Episode)
AniMat believes Free Birds' character animation should have been more cartoony like in this film.
I Know That Voice (2013)
Chris Rock impersonation sketch infers that black actors mostly play zebras and donkeys in cartoons.
AniMat's Classic Reviews: Waltz with Bashir (2013) (TV Episode)
AniMat hints the next classic animated film to be reviewed as being the closest thing to this film.
Eretz Nehederet: Episode #11.2 (2014) (TV Episode)
Isaias Afewerki asks Kitzis if he watched it
Saturday Night Live: Charlize Theron/The Black Keys (2014) (TV Episode)
Referenced in the "Dragon Babies" digital short
Inside Amy Schumer: Tyler Perry's Episode (2014) (TV Episode)
Appears onscreen as an on-demand title.
American Dad!: Big Stan on Campus (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Super League Show 2: Widnes Flying, Leeds Stumble, Hull on a Roll (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Luke Robinson.
Michael & Yossi: Rated or Dated: Sequels (2016) (TV Episode)
RebelTaxi: Top 10 Animated Rip Offs or Coincidences (2016) (TV Episode)
Poster shown alongside The Wild.
Et les mistrals gagnants (2016)
Alex the lion is seen on a sticker in a hospital.
Tvoje tvár má známý hlas: Episode #2.5 (2016) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Ondrej Sokol, David Gránský and others.
The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show: Jump the Whale Shark/Frédéric Bartholdi (2016) (TV Episode)
Sherman's angry rampage of the damage of statue of liberty is just like what Alex did in the film.
Jeopardy!: Episode #33.99 (2017) (TV Episode)
referenced in clue in "Oscar Hosts" category
Hviezdna párty: Episode #1.10 (2017) (TV Episode)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: Cry Wilderness (2017) (TV Episode)
"Humans! Quick, everybody be cute!"
Vsechnopárty: Episode dated 12 May 2017 (2017) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by David Deyl.
Nostalgia Critic: Norm of the North (2017) (TV Episode)
"Norm is the lion from Madagascar who doesn't fit in."

Featured in 

HBO First Look: Madagascar: Welcome to the Jungle (2005) (TV Episode)
many clips shown
Troldspejlet: Episode #34.2 (2005) (TV Episode)
reviewed + footage used
Troldspejlet: Episode #35.4 (2006) (TV Episode)
DVD release reviewed + footage used
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)
Scenes from the first movie are shown in the news report.
Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)
In the scene where Gallaxhar is spreading his message around the world, a clip from Madagascar can be seen playing in the background on a screen in Times Square.
Medium: Bring Me the Head of Oswaldo Castillo (2009) (TV Episode)
Maria watches the movie on TV
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: From Paris with Love/Dear John/Frozen (2010) (TV Episode)
Screenplay Cliché segment.
Animation Lookback: DreamWorks Animation Part 1 (2010) (TV Episode)
Clip briefly shown during introduction.
Animation Lookback: DreamWorks Animation Part 3 (2010) (TV Episode)
Film is talked about, clips shown.
Animation Lookback: DreamWorks Animation Part 7 (2010) (TV Episode)
Number 8 in the top 10 DreamWorks Animation films.
The Nostalgia Chick: Dreamworks Vs. Disney: Rise of the Eyebrow (2010) (TV Episode)
Shown alongside "The Wild" to show the dueling movie
The Nostalgia Chick: Dreamworks Vs. Disney: Dualing (2010) (TV Episode)
Clips shown.
Animation Lookback: Pixar Animation Studios Part 1 (2012) (TV Episode)
A DreamWorks animated film in the studio's "hit-and-miss" catalogue, clips shown.
Svédská trojka: Král Jelimán! (2013) (TV Episode)
Clip is used.
AniMat's Classic Reviews: The Wild (2013) (TV Episode)
Comparisons between Madagascar and The Wild in terms of execution are made. Clips shown.
AniMat's Reviews: Penguins of Madagascar (2014) (TV Episode)
AniMat considers the first Madagascar film to be great. Clips shown.
Mixxxer Show: Jan Maxián (2017) (TV Episode)
Dubbing challenge.


Fantasia (1940)
Alex conducts the masses at the zoo in an identical way to Mickey Mouse in the Sorcerer's Apprentice scence in Fantasia
The Twilight Zone: To Serve Man (1962) (TV Episode)
One of the lemurs holds up a book entitled "To Serve Lemur" and says "It's a cookbook"
Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom (1963) (TV Series)
plays the theme song and recreates the lion pouncing on prey scene from opening credits
Planet of the Apes (1968)
after Melman accidentally burns down the wooden Statue of Liberty we see Alex the Lion kneeling in front of it paraphrasing the famous Charlton Heston scene from the end of Planet of the Apes. Alex says "You maniacs, you burned it up. Darn you! Darn you all to heck!"
The Price Is Right (1972) (TV Series)
The 'do not spay or neuter your pets' quip.
Saturday Night Fever (1977)
Marty is strutting down a NYC street to the Bee Gee's "Stayin' Alive"
The Mission (1986)
Alex, the lion gets a cactus stuck to his back. The cactus is shaped like a cross. He then falls into the river and flows down a waterfall just like the movie The Mission (1986)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
The penguins joke to the other animals that they will kill them and eat their livers, as did Hannibal in Silence of the Lambs
Little Ghost (1997)
"Smile and wave" is used in both
American Beauty (1999)
plays the American Beauty & spoofs the rose petal scene when everything Alex sees becomes a steak
Cast Away (2000)
Volleyball named "Spaulding" with handprint face
Zoolander (2001)
Alex posing at the zoo does Zoolander's "Blue Steel" pose.
The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
The scene where the penguin hits a lot of foosas with a spinning wheel is a spoof with the scene where Neo hits a lot of agents Smiths spining a stick

Spoofed in 

The Wild (2006)
parodies the trek from a New York zoo into the wild
Family Guy: Hell Comes to Quahog (2006) (TV Episode)
A man watches a parody of this in his Hummer.
Zoo Tycoon 2: Extinct Animals (2007) (Video Game)
A secret animal, The Killer Penguin (Hannibal Lecter-like penguin you get if you get a low score in the cloning minigame) is based on the Agent Penguins in Madagascar, with ability of killing any other animals. In the info panel, it mentioned that it lived in Madagascar.
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012)
The crates in the final scene are in the exact same positions as the ones in the first movie.

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