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.
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, for a scene in which Darth Vader interacts with the pharaoh played by Hank Azaria, there was a person on the set who came from LucasFilm and whose job it was to observe all scenes filmed that involved Darth Vader and to tell the filmmakers what Vader would or wouldn't do. See more »
In the first scene that General Custer is announcing his attack plans and asks if there's any questions, he tries to pronounce Sacajawea's name the first time, he is clearly standing on a crate above everyone else. The second time he tries, he is at the same level of everyone else. On his final attempt to pronounce her name, he's back on top of the crate. See more »
More Of The Same But On A Grander Scale - Which Isn't A Good Thing!
I was not tremendously taken with the original "Night At The Museum." I liked its whimsical and fun take on the whole concept, but thought it just became too repetitive, as Larry returned to the museum night after night to basically do the same things. This sequel solved the problem of repetitiveness. It's based around the events of a single night - this time at the Smithsonian - but it goes overboard in other ways.
The basic story is that the exhibits have been moved from the Museum of Natural History in New York to the Smithsonian Archives in Washington. Knowing what this will lead to, Larry (again played by Ben Stiller) - who's now a successful inventor - heads off to Washington to try to keep everything under control. This being the Smithsonian, of course, there are a lot of exhibits, and they all come to life, and for reasons I didn't fully understand even some things outside the Smithsonian come to life (like the granite statue of Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial.) This time, though, the sense of fun and whimsy is largely gone (which is a real loss) and a serious battle emerges between the good guys (led largely by the group from the first movie, supplemented by Amelia Earhardt and General Custer along with Lincoln) and a group of evil ones led by Egyptian King Kahmunrah, backed up by Al Capone, Ivan the Terrible and Napoleon. Frankly, the battle goes on far too long and becomes rather dull as well as just plain silly by the time it's over.
There are some good things in this. Hank Azaria's lisp as Kahmunrah was funny at first, although it did get a bit tired after a while, Octavius riding into battle on a squirrel got a chuckle and one has to say that Amy Adams was cute as a button as Earhardt. Still, that's not enough to save this sequel. 3/10
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