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Madagascar (2005)

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A group of animals who have spent all their life in a New York zoo end up in the jungles of Madagascar, and must adjust to living in the wild.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Stiller ... Alex (voice)
Chris Rock ... Marty (voice)
David Schwimmer ... Melman (voice)
Jada Pinkett Smith ... Gloria (voice)
Sacha Baron Cohen ... Julien (voice)
Cedric the Entertainer ... Maurice (voice)
Andy Richter ... Mort (voice)
Tom McGrath ... Skipper / Fossa / Panicky Man on Subway (voice)
Christopher Knights Christopher Knights ... Private (voice)
Chris Miller ... Kowalski (voice)
Conrad Vernon ... Mason (voice)
Eric Darnell ... Zoo Announcer / Lemur #1 / Fossa / Subway Car Announcer (voice)
David Cowgill ... Police Horse (voice)
Stephen Apostolina ... Police Officer (voice) (as Steve Apostolina)
Elisa Gabrielli ... Old Lady (voice)
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Storyline

At New York's Central Park Zoo, a lion, a zebra, a giraffe, and a hippo are best friends and stars of the show. But when one of the animals goes missing from their cage, the other three break free to look for him, only to find themselves reunited ... on a ship en route to Africa. When their vessel is hijacked, however, the friends, who have all been raised in captivity, learn first-hand what life can be like in the wild. Written by Anonymous

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Plot Keywords:

lemur | jungle | zoo | escape | madagascar | See All (80) »

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They're out of the zoo without a clue. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language, crude humor and some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

DreamWorks [United States]

Country:

USA

Release Date:

27 May 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Madagaskar See more »

Filming Locations:

Glendale, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$61,012,130, 27 May 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$193,595,521

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$532,680,671
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The lead quartet were originally to be a lion, a zebra, a hippo, and an okapi. Melman was changed to a giraffe to make him a more familiar animal. See more »

Goofs

Real lemur tribes have a matriarchal structure and not a patriarchal one. The female lemurs are the ones who lead the tribes and do most of the fighting. Instead of King Julien it should be Queen Julianna. However, his right hand man did say he was the self-proclaimed king of the lemurs, so he likely rules in name only. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Alex the Lion: Surprise!
Marty the Zebra: Aaahhh! Alex! Do not interrupt me when I'm daydreaming. When a zebra's in the zone, leave him alone.
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Crazy Credits

The characters dance to King Julien's "I Like to Move It" throughout the first part of the closing credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK version omits a partially uttered use of strong language to secure a U rating. International versions do not implement this cut, as filmmakers often put in single uses of strong language in otherwise-junior films to secure a higher rating in the US. When the film comes to be rated in the UK, the language has to be cut for a lower rating. See also 101 Dalmatians. See more »

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Referenced in Monsters vs. Aliens (2009) See more »

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Happy Birthday To You
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
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I've Seen Better And Worse. Overall, It Is A Decent Kids Movie That Can Hold Adults Attention As Well.
7 June 2005 | by BraveHawkSee all my reviews

Let's face it, it's hard to put out a good animation movie that is equal to Shrek, The Incredibles or Finding Nemo. Those are hard movies to follow but Madagascar is by no means a bad movie. In fact, I will still rate this pretty high, as I enjoyed it without watching the clock.

The plot was very easy for children to follow while not so simplistic that adults become bored in the middle. The simple plot was that 4 animals raised in a zoo venture out into the wild and quickly realize how easy they had it back home in the New York Zoo.

There was quite a few humorous scenes in Madagascar, but my favorite has to be the "distinguished" chimps who get offended that the thought of looking or smelling like a monkey is bad. An honorable mention is the penguins who also got more than they bargained for in Antarctica.

While some of the graphics are sub-par to other movies I've mentioned, like Alex the Lion (voiced by Ben Stiller) for instance. At times they look sort of like clay-mation or something, and other they look positively life-like. The scenery and the lemurs stand out as the most beautifully rendered parts of the movie.

This movie is great for getting the kids out of the house and not too bad if the normal adult wants to get away and enjoy something more suitable for the family as well.


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