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
Despite the mixed critical response, the film was a box office success. See more »
The animals take a subway from Central Park to Grand Central Terminal. They are seen on a subway platform on 59th Street and Lexington Avenue, which is the correct subway station that you would take from the south end of east Central Park. However, on the platform, the sign shows that that platform is for the 4, 5, and 6 trains. In reality, the 4 and 5 trains are express trains, and stop at express platforms underneath both the local platforms and a platform for the BMT Broadway Line. So except for during service disruptions, the 4, 5 and 6 would not all stop at the same platform (though late at night, 4 trains run local and use the local platforms). Also, the train is shown to be one of R62 stock cars. However, this stock has two sets of doors on each side of the car. In reality, IRT rolling stock has three doors on each side. 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 »
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 »
I've Seen Better And Worse. Overall, It Is A Decent Kids Movie That Can Hold Adults Attention As Well.
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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