Longing to roam free in the vast landscapes of Mother Africa, Marty, the bored and dejected zebra of the famous Central Park Zoo, escapes his prison on the night of his tenth birthday celebration. However, after a botched rescue attempt by Marty's companions--Alex, the content lion; Melman, the skittish giraffe, and Gloria, the resolute hippo--the friends will find themselves crated up and shipped off to a remote wildlife preserve, only to end up on the sandy shores of exotic Madagascar. At last, Marty's dream will come true; nevertheless, what does it really mean to be a truly wild animal?Written by
The orientation of the word 'GIRAFFE' on Melman's crate changes when he uses it for a tombstone (from parallel to the arrow to perpendicular). However, if you look closely earlier in the movie, you can see in certain shots that the other side of the crate has 'GIRAFFE' perpendicular. See more »
The characters dance to King Julien's "I Like to Move It" throughout the first part of the closing credits. See more »
When shown on Cartoon Network and other channels made for children the original line Marty said when finding out Melman's rectal thermometer came from inside his bottom was Mother which was dubbed by his disgusted noises in TV airings. See more »
The mood you're in when you see a movie has a big impact on how much you enjoy it. I saw this in a cinema packed with young families and it went down well. I laughed a lot, so did my kids, and so did the cinema. I explained to my daughter that pansy meant softy, so I even felt useful.
Having young children means I have sat through quite a lot of this genre, and the use of computers in animation makes things a little over-refined. I seem to be the only person who finds Pixar movies too polished, faultless, and stale. This film can be abrupt and patchy, but in my opinion that makes it more spontaneous.
The movie looks great, the penguins are funny, the king is funny, and the pace and energy are good. About 90 minutes is also the correct length. The plot may be thin but the survival concepts that pepper the movie are good intellectual fodder for children.
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