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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
Giovanni Ribisi were considered for the role of King Julien. See more »
The crates are stacked on the deck with Gloria's crate at the bottom. The crates all appear to be of the same depth, and when seen from outside they appear to be stacked neatly, but there's still light coming into Gloria's crate from the hole in the top even though the hole should be covered by one of the crates stacked on top of hers. However, this was so that we would be able to see Gloria in her crate and not be staring at darkness (the same would have applied otherwise to Melman's crate as it was upside down.) See more »
At the end of the closing credits, Gloria appears and taps the screen with a magic wand to end the movie. See more »
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 »
I have to admit that "Madagascar", the latest film from the makers of "Shrek", didn't really appeal to me. From the trailers I'd seen, I thought it looked too kiddie-friendly to me but as my Better Half wanted to watch it, I found myself renting the DVD along with "Team America: World Police". I had already seen the short Christmas film with the penguins and that was very funny and that had made me change my mind a little. But I was pleasantly surprised to find this an unexpectedly witty and genuinely funny family film, although one which doesn't really seem to go anywhere plot-wise.
"Madagascar" begins in New York's Central Zoo where the star attraction is the lion Alex (voiced by Ben Stiller). His best friend is Marty (Chris Rock), a zebra who dreams of one day going back to the wild - much to the chagrin of Alex. So when the pair are apprehended after a daring escape plan, along with Gloria the hippo (Jada Pinkett-Smith) and a hypochondriac giraffe named Melman (David Schwimmer), the four are soon shipped off on a transfer. But they are accidentally washed overboard and find themselves in a tropical jungle populated by dancing lemurs. But is this a blessing in disguise or will they realise that there is no place like home?
It has to be said that, technically, this is the best looking film that Dreamworks Animation have produced so far. The ocean effects are particularly realistic but the characters maintain a traditional cartoon feel - eyes bulge and necks stretch in typical Tom & Jerry fashion. And despite Schwimmer struggling to escape Ross, the voices are also perfectly cast with Stiller taking top honours. My initial opinion that it was too kiddie-friendly isn't too wide of the mark, however, with a lot of the comedy being slapstick in nature. But there are laughs to be had, such as the wonderfully funny penguins hijacking the ship and trying to reach Antartica. If anything, the ships aren't the only thing the penguins hijack - they are just brilliant and thoroughly deserved their own short film.
Although "Madagascar" is a wonderfully bright colourful family film, I can't honestly say that I'm raving about it. Schwimmer is very disappointing as Melman and I wonder if he will ever escape "Friends" during the rest of his career. The plot itself, although it starts promisingly enough, quickly runs out of steam once they arrive in Madagascar and the lemurs get involved. But there is still plenty to enjoy in this film and it is much better than I was expecting. It won't change the world and it certainly isn't as much fun as "The Incredibles" but "Madagascar" is yet another worthy winner from Dreamworks and another blow to Disney, who will be ruing the day that Pixar went their own way.
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