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Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012)

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The Madagascar animals join a struggling European circus to get back to New York, but find themselves being pursued by a psychotic animal control officer.

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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 / First Policeman (voice)
Frances McDormand ... Captain Chantal Dubois (voice)
Jessica Chastain ... Gia (voice)
Bryan Cranston ... Vitaly (voice)
Martin Short ... Stefano (voice)
Chris Miller ... Kowalski (voice)
Christopher Knights Christopher Knights ... Private (voice)
Conrad Vernon ... Mason / Second Policeman (voice)
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Storyline

Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman are still trying to get back to the Big Apple and their beloved Central Park zoo, but first they need to find the penguins. When they travel to Monte Carlo, they attract the attention of Animal Control after gate crashing a party and are joined by the penguins, King Julian and Co., and the monkeys. How do a lion, zebra, hippo, giraffe, four penguins, two monkeys, three lemurs travel through Europe without attracting attention and get back to New York? They join a traveling circus. Their attempts to get back to New York are consistently hampered by the Captain of Animal Control who wants to make Alex part of her collection. Once they make it back to New York Marty, Alex, Gloria and Melman realize that they want to be part of the traveling circus. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG for some mild action and rude humor | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

8 June 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Madagascar 3 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$145,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$60,316,738, 10 June 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$216,391,482

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$746,921,274
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Trivia

Zooey Deschanel were considered for the role of Gia. See more »

Goofs

When Vitaly jumps through the Ring, he starts spinning clockwise. The next shot he stands still and the background turns anticlockwise, from this view it should turn clockwise. See more »

Quotes

[Gloria gets stuck after falling down an air shaft, nearly crushing Alex, Marty, and Melman]
Melman: [to Gloria, sweetly yet awkwardly] Hi, honey!
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Crazy Credits

Part of the closing credits have the credits spotlighted while the characters perform circus acts. See more »

Connections

References On the Town (1949) See more »

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Watermark
Written by Enya, Roma Ryan and Nicky Ryan
Performed by Enya
Courtesy of Warner Music U.K. Ltd.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Summer's most wanted animation.
7 June 2012 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

"Poor animals. Now, you deal with ME!" Capitaine Chantel DuBois (voice of Frances McDormand)

Although I miss Fantastic Mr. Fox as much as any contemporary animal fable, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted is a lees cerebral but more athletic entry into my canon of animations that satisfy both children and adults. Our heroes, led by the charismatic lion Alex (Ben Stiller), are determined to go back to New York by way of a traveling European circus.

If you judge by the quote at the beginning of this essay, you'll note that even the villain, Ciaptaine DuBois, is fun, albeit French, a culture open for satire along with Italy and other vulnerable targets. In fact, DuBois' pursuit of the animals over Europe is a delightful mash-up of goofiness and wit. When she sings Edith Piaf's "Non, je ne regrette rien," I confirmed my nostalgic commitment to this animation and acknowledged the brilliance that would integrate that legendary lament.

Although this animation is written by Fantastic Mr. Fox's Noah Baumbach, much more slapstick and far faster segments occur than in Fox, making it a lesser production but far more attractive to younger audiences. Even the 3-D shamelessly throws debris at the screen. Attractive to all audiences is a major theme of looking ahead to expanding one's talents and seeing home as another springboard for growth rather than a sedate refuge.


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