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Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)

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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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)


$179,982,968 (USA) (20 February 2009)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The song from this movie, "Time 2 Move It/I Like To Move It", was used in a 2008 Chrysler car commercial. See more »


The birthmark on Alex's paw appears and disappears between shots. See more »


Marty: I still think he's a show-off.
Melman: You gotta give him credit. He is an animal.
Marty: I don't know about you guys, but I feel like going on vacation.
Gloria: Where are we going to go on vacation?
Marty: I was thinking Conneticut.
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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 »


References Roots (1977) See more »


Copacabana (At The Copa)
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User Reviews

Madagascar 2: Return of the Penguins
30 October 2008 | by (los angeles) – See all my reviews

As with the comment ahead of mine: it's all about the penguins. They should have their own movie.

We were chanting: more penguins, more penguins. At the screening we just saw, people who loved the first Madagascar movie waited excitedly for the magic to begin... I LOVED the first one. Interesting note: I liked the first one better, but my BF thinks this one has a better and deeper plot and pointed out in particular that while in the first one Gloria (the hippo) was the butt of many fat jokes, in this one she is celebrated just for being beautiful.

The whole movie is breathtakingly beautiful. We didn't see this on IMAX but I bet the IMAX version will be a treat.

Sascha Baron Cohen's King is again the hands-down favorite, I heard a ripple of joy murmur through the theater at everything he said and did, although my personal favorites (after the Penguins) are Maurice and Mort, the King's cohorts.

BF was also teasing me mercilessly because (and I'm nearly ashamed to admit it) there's one scene that had me totally teared up! Yes, I cried. Can't spoil it - go see the movie and tell me after if you know what choked me up! The film did not hold the attention of some of the very small children at the screening we saw, because some portions of the film only involve adult storyline concerning the adult star characters (Alec Baldwin, Jada Pinkett Smith, Chris Rock, and so forth) but when the little characters are on screen (the baby lion in particular is DARLING) the children present were absolutely captivated.

It's fun. It's not the greatest movie of all time, but it's very fun and children will want to watch it again and again.

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