Spoiled by their upbringing with no idea what wild life is really like, four animals from New York Central Zoo escape, unwittingly assisted by four absconding penguins, and find themselves in Madagascar, among a bunch of merry lemurs
Manny, Sid, and Diego discover that the Ice Age is coming to an end, and join everybody for a journey to higher ground. On the trip, they discover that Manny, in fact, is not the last of the wooly mammoths.
Ben Stiller returns as night watchman Larry Daily, now a successful business man, who gets back to the museum just in time to find that he needs to get his friends out of trouble. This new installment takes us to the Smithsonian, and introduces us to new characters, such as Amelia Earhart, General Custer, and many more!
Director Shawn Levy told a National Public Radio interviewer that once the Smithsonian Institution agreed to lend their name to the film, their curators were very helpful and willing to share information about the real-life characters represented in the movie, but Levy had more trouble with the intellectual property-holders for the fictional characters represented. For instance, in the Darth Vader cameo, a LucasFilm employee came on set to observe the scene and tell the filmmakers what Vader would or wouldn't do. See more »
When the Wright Flyer is shown in closeup (with Amelia and Larry flying the plane) you can see that the engine is mounted mirrored to the correct position. The intake and exhaust of the engine was on the pilot-side, not the crankshaft. See more »
Well, Larry Daley, in case you weren't listening, I'm not one to shy away from danger.
[Four spears thrown by Kahmunrah's men go flying past her]
How about spears? Are you one to shy away from spears?
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There is an extra scene during the credits where Sailor Joey Motorola is seen reverse-engineering Larry Daley's cell-phone. He says to his mother (off camera) "I think I'm on to something!" See more »
I thought the first one was great, but felt the second one was in a foot race to show as many of the old characters and new ones as fast as possible and get to the end. But then again, when are sequels ever as good? Let me take that back, Terminator 2 was awesome. And Lord of the Rings. And several others, but this one was in a frenzy to go nowhere. Stop. Take a Breath. Develop a more interesting script. I'm sure the writer had something better in mind and the studios just plucked the eyeballs out of it until it was just what it became in the end. This could have been one of those franchise things that do more than just make money. Yes, it will make money, but it could have been sprinkled with a little more TLC. Let's get back to basics. You know the movie is going to sell. You have the money and all the actors to sell it. Why not just make a movie with a better storyline. The best part of the movie was the trailer.
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