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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.
In New York, unemployed and divorced Larry Daley is a complete loser. His son Nick is very disappointed with his father who is going to be evicted. Larry accepts the job of night watchman in the Museum of Natural History and takes the place of three old security guards that have just retired in order to raise some money and pay his bills. On his first shift, Larry soon realizes that everything at the museum is not as it seems as the statues begin to come to life after the sun sets. The Museum transforms into complete chaos with the inexperienced Larry in charge as he learns that an old Egyptian stone that came to the Museum in 1950 brings these statues to life until dawn. When Larry brings his son to spend a night with him, the three old guards break into the Museum to try to steal the magical stone. Larry organizes all the historic characters to help him stop the criminals and save the museum. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Theodore Roosevelt's infatuation for Sacagawea can be disputed, as the real Roosevelt openly held prejudices against Native Americans, believing them to be "savages". Though the wax model does emphasize the difference between his real-life counterpart and himself, he describes the former as being more of a positive figure. This is quite ironic given that the wax Teddy does not once display any racial-based disdain for Sacagawea's people, unlike the former U.S. President. See more »
When Larry is trying to convince Rebecca that the exhibits at the museum come to life at night, they stop to talk directly in front of the Neanderthal exhibit, but when Rebecca walks away, they are next to Theodore Roosevelt. See more »
Well... I laughed! So did everyone in the theater.
Don't go into this movie expecting a complex plot and deep insight into the human condition. The story and plot are lightweight but that doesn't matter too much. The characters are likable enough and the situation is definitely full of possibilities.
The humor is silly and well-done slapstick without much in the way of vulgarity. I especially enjoyed the antics and heroics of the miniature Cowboys, Mayans and Romans. (Though my inner stickler was a tad annoyed with slight shifts in their scale.)
I recommend it for family viewing. My 8-year-old was in stitches AND asking me questions about history after the movie.
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