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Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012)

PG  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy  |  8 June 2012 (USA)
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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.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex (voice)
Marty (voice)
Melman (voice)
Gloria (voice)
Julien (voice)
Maurice (voice)
Mort (voice)
Gia (voice)
Vitaly (voice)
Stefano (voice)
Kowalski (voice)
Private (voice)


Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman are still trying to get back to the Big Apple and their beloved Central Park zoo, but first they need to find the penguins. When they travel to Monte Carlo, they attract the attention of Animal Control after gate crashing a party and are joined by the penguins, King Julian and Co., and the monkeys. How do a lion, zebra, hippo, giraffe, four penguins, two monkeys, three lemurs travel through Europe without attracting attention and get back to New York? They join a traveling circus. Their attempts to get back to New York are consistently hampered by the Captain of Animal Control who wants to make Alex part of her collection. Once they make it back to New York Marty, Alex, Gloria and Melman realize that they want to be part of the traveling circus. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Six years ago, they disappeared without a trace. Next summer, they finally resurface

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild action and rude humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 June 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Madagascar 3  »

Box Office


$145,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$60,316,738 (USA) (8 June 2012)


$216,366,733 (USA) (12 October 2012)

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Second Dreamworks franchise to have a third sequel. See more »


Considering their extreme difficulties in traveling much shorter distances unaided in the past 2 films (a problem which provides most of the series' humor), it is surprising that no explanation is given for how the animals traveled from southern Africa to Europe fairly easily. See more »


Capitaine Chantel DuBois: Poor animals. You should have stayed in the wild. Now, you deal with ME!
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Referenced in AniMat's Classic Reviews: The Wild (2013) See more »


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Third time isn't the charm here...
29 June 2013 | by See all my reviews

Remember poor old Quasimodo trudging around Notre Dame. lamenting about "THE BELLS, THE BELLS!"|? I was like that during the majority of this film, hands on my ears chanting "THE NOISE, THE NOISE!!" Everyone involved in this production needs a serious dose of Ritalin, as nearly every scene is in-your-face screaming and shouting, while extracts from pop songs blare away meaninglessly in the background and chaos reigns on screen, to no great effect. Proof positive that you can have all the pandemonium and hubris you want, but they're no match for good old fashioned storytelling and appealing characters, both of which are in short supply here.

I was no great fan of the two prequels to this, but both were better than this. In fact, if you liked them, you'll probably love this... Since it takes all the things I hated in the first couple of entries, and multiplies them. So, you have even more shrill, hyperactive running about trying to pass off as humour, tons more jokes so weak they make Walter The Softy look like He-Man, and plenty more of a stupid plot which I couldn't have given tuppence about. Yes, there is a new vaguely amusing female hunter bad 'guy' whose bizarre antics provoke a few smiles, and the megalomaniac band of penguins are always a delight. But the meagre good points are sucked in like a bottomless quagmire by the litany of flaws, until the whole thing just stinks.

PLEASE no fourth one. Haven't we had enough already? 3/10

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