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Madagascar (2005)

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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

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

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 (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

Release Date:

27 May 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Madagascar See more »

Filming Locations:

Glendale, California, USA

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Box Office

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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Christopher Walken were considered for the role of King Julien. See more »

Goofs

When the crates are stacked on the boat, Melman's crate is big enough for him to move around in. However, when Alex is trying to help him out of it, it is obviously smaller, and Melman cannot even get out of it. 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

The characters dance to King Julien's "I Like to Move It" throughout the first part of the closing credits. 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 »

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Soundtracks

I Like To Move It, Move It
Written by Erick Morillo & Mark Quashie
Performed by Reel 2 Real featuring Stuntman The Mad (as Mad Stuntman)
Courtesy of R2R LLC
Additional vocals by Sacha Baron Cohen
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Hey! Chill! It was a good movie
4 November 2006 | by Smells_Like_CheeseSee all my reviews

I have to admit, I was sick of the over advertising, but I decided to give Madagascar a chance. Lately, I've actually been getting more into the computer animation flicks and wanted to see what Madagascar was all about. I don't get why there are a lot of users here on IMDb that absolutely hate this film or didn't really get into it, because I thought it was a very cute and enjoyable film for the kids and adults.

Marty, Meldman, Alex, and Gloria are all zoo kept animals who are pampered all day and entertain humans on a constant schedule. Marty wants more though, he wonders where he comes from and what it would be like to be in the wild. Alex, the lion, is truly against this and will have no part of it, but tries to find Marty after he escapes. The rest of the gang follows, but they are caught by the animal catchers and are sent back, but accidentally fall of the boat shipping them home and they end up on an island called Madagascar. They are "welcomed", if that's the right word, by other animals and must learn how to survive, but it's going to be hard when Alex is starving for meat!

I loved the American Beauty and Chariot of Fire references, I thought they were just so funny! There are more than a few good laughs in this film and I felt like it was being unfairly rated here on IMDb, yes, it's not as great as The Incredables, but I really feel like anyone could love this film. I'm actually going to be on my way to buy it, I loved it that much, so please give this movie a fair chance. Believe me, it's worth your time.

8/10


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