An adolescent lion is accidentally shipped from the New York Zoo to Africa. Now running free, his zoo pals must put aside their differences to help bring him back.

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Cast

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Samson (voice)
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Benny (voice) (as Jim Belushi)
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Nigel (voice)
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Bridget (voice)
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Kazar (voice)
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Larry (voice)
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Ryan (voice)
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Fergus Flamingo (voice)
Miles Marsico ...
Duke (voice)
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Eze (voice)
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Penguin MC (voice)
Christian Argueta ...
Hamir (voice)
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Hamir (voice)
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Stan (voice)
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Carmine (voice)
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Storyline

Ryan is a lion who wants to go to the wild, where his dad (Samson) once lived. When he gets himself shipped to Africa, his zoo friends (and Samson) work together to bring him back. When they get to Africa, however, the animals find themselves in a pile of danger. They have to fight an evil wildebeest called Kazar. But Kazar's safe compared to the other danger on the island- a volcano that's on the edge of eruption. Can the animals find Ryan and get out of Africa before the volcano erupts in so little time? Written by movieguy3

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14 April 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Big Break  »

Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$255,073 (Argentina) (14 April 2006)

Gross:

$37,384,046 (USA)
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Trivia

This film already had thought since 2001. When they saw that DreamWorks did the same to put animals in 3-D with their pretty similar film Madagascar (2005) released the previous year, they alleged that they stole the idea. Disney executives said they took due to the complex that was to make more realistic animations. See more »

Goofs

If you watch very closely the edge of Larry's mouth during the first scene in the garbage truck drifting through New York, Larry opens his mouth, and there is a very visible bright line where the interior of his mouth should line up with his lips, but doesn't. It's a tear in the CG model, and should have been fixed before the character was animated. What you're viewing through the tear is the New York city scape. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Samson: So there I was, face to face with the biggest, meanest leopard on this side of the Serengeti. And...
Ryan: You roared so loud, his spots flew clean off. Dad I've heard this like a billion times.
Samson: Do you know the one where I made the laughing hyenas...
Ryan: Cry? Yep.
Samson: The croc attack?
Ryan: Dad.
Samson: OK. Think.
Ryan: Yeah, you do that.
[chuckles]
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Der Flüschen Fläschen
Written, Performed and Produced by Joey Miskulin (as Joey Miskulin)
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Brilliant Animation...A Great Escape For Kids And Adults Alike!
13 April 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I was lucky enough to get tickets to a preview of this film last week. I also initially wondered why they would copy Madagascar (which I didn't find very good)...I came away with the realization that it's a very different and way better movie with only the basic premise bearing somewhat of a resemblance (not unlike many kid's films and the "formula" that seems to be used).

I found the film hilarious and had a great time watching my kids get such a kick out of it as well. The animation is absolutely incredible and this was a great escape for me and my kids (10 and 7)...if I could only get my 7 year old to stop continually quoting Nigel the Koala then all would be well...

I read a few reviews which panned this flick. I wondered if they saw the same movie we did and/or why an adult who wants to bring a kid for a few laughs would listen to some of the negative crap that's been written?! I would suggest that there is many a jaded movie critic out there who may not appreciate this for what it really is (perhaps they're taking their own "grown-up" opinions too seriously?)...a kid's flick which just happens to appeal (thankfully) to the adults who are brought along in tow. Either some of these reviewers have a different political agenda or they're really out of touch with the audience demographics a film like this is geared toward. You watch...You decide...

This film was quite simply a blast! We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!


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