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Madagascar (2005)

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Spoiled by their upbringing and unaware of what wildlife really is, four animals from the New York Central Zoo escape, unwittingly assisted by four absconding penguins, and find themselves in Madagascar.
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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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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

Language:

English | Portuguese | Spanish | German | French

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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Trivia

David Koechner were considered for the role of Melman the Giraffe. See more »

Goofs

The interior size of Alex's crate varies from when they are stacked on the ship to when he is on the ocean sleeping. 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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You can see Gloria as the Statue of Liberty at the end of all credits, performing a Tinkerbell-esque magic wand tap to end the movie. See more »


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Stayin' Alive
Written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, and Maurice Gibb
Performed by The Bee Gees
Courtesy of Polydor Ltd. (U.K.)
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Wonderful...!
1 October 2005 | by FrogfisherSee all my reviews

A wonderful movie for all ages.

This films really follows in the footsteps of recent animated blockbusters as Finding Nemo,Shrek, Monster Inc., The Incredibles, Ice Age etc. The story works very well, and it is obvious that the team behind is people who knows their media. It stays on the same course all the way through, something that really is the essence of the success of the animated films these last years, something other writers can really learn from. And that's all the comparison I will do, because it really is its own movie.

A wonderful thing about it is the references to other movies like The Planet of the Apes and American Beauty. Very obvious references I might add. This also means that the filmmakers are aware that a growing number of gross comes from adult audiences as well, and you then have to assume that the story is written for them as well.

The style of the movie is like we are use to in normal cartoons, just put into a new media. And it works very well, you're always aware of it, and yet you sit and really is in awe of the texture of for instance Marty(Chris Rock). The technique is definitely as is to be expected.

Hanz Zimmer, who's becoming a very well known man within the animated world, does a moderate good job, the music is there and really gives the effects it needs, but is just background. Directing is good, and all the characters works in their own way on the screen but are best together. There's a huge deal of very well timed jokes and they all somehow seems to work.

The characters are very amu... sorry, highly amusing. Chris Rock is almost best as voice(like in Dr. Doolittle), where Ben Stiller although he comes through still is more enjoyable as live action. But both of them are easily identified. Jada Pinkett is a bit to anonymous, and David Schwimmer is just great, although his character wins in being a good background joke. Now for the minor characters, as often with these films, the minor characters gets a way with so much attention they deserve a little more attention. The three penguins are awesome, and is the ideal kick starters for this movie. They deliver almost nothing but laughs. The king of the wild Julien(Mr. Ali G) is fun, although without his sidekick Maurice(Cedric) he would be nothing. And then there's the two monkeys also very enjoyable. One minor thing is to me that in seems that the Sabletooth tigers from Ice Age seems to have been copy-pasted into this movie for action, a bit sad but nothing that the movie itself doesn't salvage.

I would rank it among the top ten movies of this year, it is very fun and works very well in most ways. 8/10


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