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 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)
Steve Apostolina ... Police Officer (voice)
Elisa Gabrielli ... Old Lady (voice)
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Storyline

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 Nick Riganas

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zoo | lemur | jungle | escape | madagascar | See All (108) »

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On Vacation Without Medication. See more »


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

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Trivia

Series trademark: Twilight Zone. Most if not all entries in this series contain an homage to Rod Serling's original The Twilight Zone (1959). In this one, a lemur spoofs the cook book scene from The Twilight Zone: To Serve Man (1962). Also, Alex spoofs the "you maniacs" speech from Planet of the Apes (1968), a movie partly written by Serling. 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

At the end of the closing credits, Gloria appears and taps the screen with a magic wand to end the movie. 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 »

Connections

Spin-off Madagascar: Operation Penguin (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

The Candy Man
Written by Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley
Performed by Sammy Davis Jr.
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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It's no "Shrek" or "Finding Nemo" but it's worth the $8.25
30 May 2005 | by originalcrystaltmSee all my reviews

I could not disagree with those who are calling this movie boring more. Is it a perfect movie? No. But it is fun, fast-paced, and highly entertaining. A theater full of children laughed almost non-stop, and even my husband (who honestly wanted to see the latest "Star Wars" movie) grudgingly admitted it was pretty good.

The plot is basic: four animals must try to survive in the wild, and along the way learn more about themselves. But the visuals are hilarious, the music is fun, and the interludes with the psychotic penguins? Priceless.

The only part of this movie I disliked was the casting of David Schwimmer. Although he did a fine job, the entire time I felt distracted by his voice- I was reminded too much of his Ross character from "Friends." So, don't go expecting an Oscar-worthy film, or even the next "Shrek." Instead, go to enjoy a piece of indulgent yet funny animation that will keep you laughing.


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Country:

USA

Release Date:

27 May 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Madagascar See more »

Filming Locations:

Glendale, California, USA

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Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$47,224,594, 29 May 2005

Gross USA:

$193,595,521

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$542,063,846
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