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Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)

PG  |   |  Animation, Action, Adventure  |  7 November 2008 (USA)
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The animals try to fly back to New York City, but crash-land on an African wildlife refuge, where Alex is reunited with his parents.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex (voice)
Marty / Additional Zebras (voice)
Melman (voice)
Gloria (voice)
Julien (voice)
Maurice (voice)
Mort (voice)
Zuba (voice)
Makunga (voice)
Mom (voice)
Moto Moto (voice) (as Will.I.Am)
Nana (voice)
Skipper / Lemur (voice)
Kowalski (voice)
Private (voice)


The sequel to 2005's "Madagascar", in which New York Zoo animals, Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the Hippo, still stranded on Madagascar, start to leave the island. All of a sudden, they land in the wilderness of Africa, where Alex meets the rest of his family, but has trouble communicating with them after spending so much time at the Central Park Zoo. Written by rocknrollunderdawg

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Still together. Still lost!

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild crude humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 November 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Madagascar 2  »

Box Office


$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$63,106,589 (USA) (7 November 2008)


£23,296,694 (UK) (8 May 2009)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The aircraft used in the escape attempt is based on a Lockheed L-10 Electra, similar to one used by Amelia Earhart. See more »


Lions do not have opposable thumbs. All the lions shown in this series have them. See more »


Skipper: We'll divide into three groups. Group Alpha, you're in charge of sheet metal fabrication. Group Bronson, you'll handle assembley. Group George Peppard, you'll handle craft services. Any questions?
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Crazy Credits

The penguins kick the fishing boy off the "DreamWorks" logo. (The boy's voice is supplied by Jeffrey Katzenberg, uncredited.) See more »


Followed by Madagascar 4 (2018) See more »


Alex on the Spot
Written by Hans Zimmer
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User Reviews

You Got To Move It, Move It!
25 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Rarely have I seen animated family sequel movie that's as good or better than its predecessor but speaking as a movie freak who didn't like the first installment, I gotta say I'm very much entertained by MADAGASCAR: ESCAPE 2 Africa and it way funnier than the original movie. Dreamworks has a habit of doing this… what it lacks in its story and overall animation (Pixar still rules in those departments!) it makes up for it in its sense of humor. This is the movie that every age can enjoy and it has only a very, very few silly, lame moments but for the most part, you just got to move it, move it! The whole team is back, it doesn't take long for you to remember what each character is all about, there's no need for re-introduction but there is a bunch of new characters thrown in to the den without having to take us in unnecessary complication of having to understand what they are. The concept is simple and the jokes are funny. Here you see all the characters stranded in Africa and meet a their own kind. It's the freedom they've always wanted but don't really want at the same time. They have trouble fitting in and getting in touch with their heritage, all the while friendship and feelings are being put to the test resulting in an exciting adventure at the end that brings them closer together again. Kids will love it, Parents will be glad about it, and the rest of us will find it to be very amusing.

MADAGASCAR: ESCAPE 2 Africa will feel like too short of a movie, but that's also something that I can appreciate because I don't think it has any intention of trying to be all Oscar worthy, it's nothing more than telling a light, enjoyable story with good moral value lesson and that's about it. If the running time were any longer, it would lose some of its target audience. Hands down, without dragging this review any more than it has to, the best part of this movie once again, are the penguins! Those dudes are hardcore gangsters and freakin' hilarious! They should have their own spin-off, stand-alone movie, just about them scheming something deviant and mission impossible-esquire. I could watch them work together and hear their smartass, cocky remarks/attitude about a thousand more times and they'll still crack me up. If you find no reason to watch this movie, then at least watch it to check out those awesome penguins.

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