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
Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple. Their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent - Madagascar style.
A scheming raccoon fools a mismatched family of forest creatures into helping him repay a debt of food, by invading the new suburban sprawl that popped up while they were hibernating...and learns a lesson about family himself.
Barry B. Benson, a bee who has just graduated from college, is disillusioned at his lone career choice: making honey. On a special trip outside the hive, Barry's life is saved by Vanessa, a florist in New York City. As their relationship blossoms, he discovers humans actually eat honey, and subsequently decides to sue us.
Simon J. Smith
In Jasper National Park, the wolves, Kate and Humphrey, have known each other since puppyhood, but they are on the oppose ends of the Western Pack's social structure with Kate as the energetic Alpha daughter of the pack leader and Humphrey being the good humoured Omega. That social structure forces Kate to accept an arranged marriage with Garth of the Eastern Pack to unite the packs for peace, regardless of Humphrey's hopeless attraction for her. Before that union can occur, Kate and Humphrey are captured by the park's rangers and sent to an Idaho park as part of a wolf repopulation project. Mindful of her duties, Kate is determined to return to Jasper and Humphrey offers to help with the assistance of two odd geese. However, as this disparate pair struggle through the dangers to get home, a growing mutual appreciation of their talents and then a deeper love threatens to disastrously complicate everything if they make it back. Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (email@example.com)
The Northern Pacific (the road name on some of the boxcars) was a real railroad. See more »
In one shot shortly after Kate and Humphrey board the train, the view switches to a shot of the train as it crosses a bridge. In the span of about five seconds, it switches from day to night. See more »
[to a trio of angry bears]
You guys like jokes? Good. Okay, so two bears are eating a clown. And one of the bears says "Does this taste funny to you?"
[One of the bears knocks him into a mountain]
A simple "boo" would have sufficed.
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Which ancient Greel letter comes between Alpha and Omega?
Is it Lambda? Delta? Oprah? It doesn't matter since my point is that this is a mediocre kid's movie. I say it's mediocre because while the kids I took to see it thought the slapstick parts were pretty funny, there is, unlike most great kids' movies, nothing really to keep adults from falling into a light coma.
You probably know the story, it's been told a million times in a thousand different ways. Two creatures fall in love despite societal pressures. Everyone learns that everyone is important (except bears!) and we all come away with a greater understanding of each other. That's a fine little message and it's worth repeating until it sinks in. And the kids obviously found the goofy antics and thrills fun and engaging. So as far as amusing the lil' squirts is concerned, I have really no complaints.
However, it's a bit rough on us old geezers (anyone over 12 years old in this case). That doesn't make it a bad movie at all, but that does mean that it's not a great one either. This movie does its job. It entertains kids for about 90 minutes. This is a good one to throw in your DVD player if you need some free time to clean the house or maybe just mix up a batch of martinis and catch your breath.
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