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Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Brings the Fun

In Uncategorized on November 20, 2008 at 10:40 pm

page6madagascarThe New York zoo animals are back with a sequel full of laughs and more furry friends to add to the mix. Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Gloria the hippo, and Melman the giraffe are on the scene again and still in Madagascar right where the first film left off. From the smart penguins, to lemurs King Julien and his side kick Maurice, and the hilarious chimps, the movie will have you laughing from start to finish. It’s a cute movie that keeps you singing the memorable song from the first movie: “I like to move it move it!”

The first Madagascar ended with the animals about to take their journey back to New York. This film begins with the animals off to their Big Apple home with the help of the penguins and the cool chimps. Alex, Marty, Gloria, and Melman have enjoyed their stay on the shores of Madagascar and are ready to go home. The military style penguins repair an old plane and have found a way back to the U.S. King Julien and small sidekicks Maurice and squeaky voiced Mort tag along on the adventure and are ready to fly. Once on the plane, things seem to be going good. But not for long. The plane makes an abrupt landing and the bunch are not in NYC, but Africa.

This strange land is foreign to the New York animals and the others. They encounter Africa and more animals just like them. Marty finds zebras that look and sound exactly like him. Gloria hangs with girl hippos and thinks she’s found her male hippo match, with a hippo named Moto-Moto. Melman is a big hit with other giraffes, and Alex finds more than he bargained for; he finds his mom and his dad. The mane man lion had forgotten his African roots and he finally gets to see where he came from. Alex and his family have some trouble communicating, for Alex is known as “Alex the King of New York,” the dancing, friendly animal at the Central Park Zoo. His parents, especially his dad, want him to act like a real lion and toughen up. All of the animals experience a change of scenery and try to adapt to this new world they are in.

Madagascar is filled with celebrities, but you don’t see them. These actors and actresses are the voices of the characters brought to life on the big screen. Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett-Smith, David Schwimmer, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Cedric the Entertainer lend their voices yet again for the cartoon. Newcomers who keep the animalistic flavor going is the late comedian Bernie Mac who plays Alex’s father Zuba. 30 Rock’s Alec Baldwin, daytime show The View’s Sherri Shepard, and even “The Black-eyed Peas” front man Will i am play animals in the movie. The movie’s stardom allow the cartoon to be what it is…. funny!

The jokes in the movie kept you intrigued, but maybe a little too intriguing for the kid in the front row of the theater. Some of the jokes in this movie are not kid friendly. There is a lot of adult humor that a kid wouldn’t get, or if they do, that makes it worse! A lot of the “under the table” jokes were slid in, I’m guessing for the enjoyment of the parent taking their kids to see it. At one point during the movie, lemur King Julien asks for his “nuts on a silver platter,” and the hippos have more junk in the trunk that jiggled occasionally in slow motion. That might be why the movie is rated “PG,” so parents can witness the grown-up funny business.

All in all Madagascar is a great movie to see with family, friends, or all by your lonesome. The animals have escaped their crates and are running wild! This a movie you don’t want to miss. If you like to “move it, move it,” then move it to see Madagascar. The animals are in the house, and at a theater near you.

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