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Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012)

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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

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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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1.85 : 1
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When Captain Dubois appears through the smoke of the exploding Ferrari, in the moment the penguins escape the casino, a license plate flies by her. It reads "BL0B1" which when pronounced letter by letter in French sounds "Beelzebub 1", also her silhouette breify resembles a devil with horns and tail. See more »


In the casino, to turn the lights off Julian pulls the power switch downwards. When Mort takes the switch while Julian dances, he pushes down for the lights to come on and up for them to go off. See more »


Marty: [singing and dancing] Da-da-dadadada-da-da, circus, da-da-dadadada-da-da, afro! Circus afro, circus afro! Polka dot, polka dot, polka dot afro!
Alex: ...Really?
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Pretty weak and anti-French
13 February 2013 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

The animals we've gotten to know in the previous two movies continue their quest to get home to NY in this third installment of the very profitable movie franchise. This time they buy a circus in order to impress an American promoter enough to book them in NY, thus taking them home for good.

First of all, having recently watched Pixar's Brave, I am bound to say that Madagascar 3 feels inferior in almost every aspect. Whereas Pixar usually deliver a touching and well-worked screenplay, the story here is confusing and morally ambiguous. Are circus animals traveling around the world performing tricks really OK? Many feel that it's wrong, but the movie happily ignores this rather complex moral issue.

It is also obvious that the screenwriter has not forgotten or forgiven France opposing the American war efforts of the early 2000s, as the story takes a turn to Monte Carlo for no other purpose than to introduce the ridiculous French antagonist, and add to that a Freedom Fries-joke that feels incredibly dated.

To sum it all up, this movie has a pretty weak plot and its aim is pretty obvious - to milk more money from the franchise. I hope they let it end here, as I feel this is pretty much the end of the road for these movies.

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