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Madagascar (Widescreen Edition) (2005)

Comedy and Kids & Family movie directed by Eric Darnell, Gary Trousdale, and Tom McGrath

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Best cartoon of 2005; laughs for all ages

  • Jun 5, 2007
Rating:
+5
Since Shrek, DreamWorks pictures has annually put out cartoons aimed at audiences of all ages. Most of these end up behind Pixar's creations as best cartoon of the year. 2005 was one of the few exceptions; first, Pixar did not release any movie that year. Second, this movie is actually very good. It tells the story of four overly domesticated zoo animals who inadvertantly end up in Madagascar, where they have to learn to survive against the odds and in spite of themselves. The movie is written as a comedy with no romance or terror, and some action sequences. As a comedy, it includes elements of sarcasm, singing, slapstick and a lot of outright stupidity. Most of the jokes are original and appropriate for all ages, and the animation is quite believable and looks like a cross between the CGI wonders of Pixar and traditional cartoon drawings from the 1960's. The voiceovers are great, and all the characters are excellent. Most notable is Sacha Baron Cohen's first big role in a major Hollywood release. Here, he is the king of a band of lemurs, and his experience from the Da Ali G Show shines through as he sings away in a South Asian accent.

Overall, a great movie. The plot is simple but very original, along with the comedy. Fun for everyone.

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review by . October 21, 2006
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Described as an animated SEINFELD for kids, MADAGASCAR revolves around the lives of a quartet of animals from New York's Central Park Zoo. Marty (Chris Rock) is a zebra that after his 10th birthday suffers from a mid-life crisis and wants to be free. His closest friends; Alex (Ben Stiller) the lion, Melman (David Schwimmer--doing his best acting of his career) the giraffe, and Gloria (Jada Pinkett Smith) the Hippo try to get him to see how good their life is, but Marty just can't be convinced. He …
review by . December 01, 2005
My kids were very excited once this came out on DVD. This film is as good as Shrek, with humor for little kids and us big kids as well. The penguins are awesome and the lemurs are hilarious! This is a funny and charming movie. Based on the story of Marty played by Chris Rock who longs for life outside of the zoo. However Alex and the rest of Marty's friends enjoy the life of luxury at the zoo. Marty decides to venture outside the zoo. And his friends go after him. Subsequently get caught and is …
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The penguins steal the show. In the sprightlyMadagascar, a mid-life crisis inspires Marty the Zebra (voiced by Chris Rock) to escape from his lifelong home, a New York zoo. His equally pampered friends--Alex the Lion (Ben Stiller), Gloria the Hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith), and Melman the Giraffe (David Schwimmer)--then escape to bring him back. Unfortunately, their attempt at damage control persuades zoo officials that the animals are unhappy, so all four get shipped to an animal preserve in Kenya...only a squad of maniacal penguins change the destination to Antarctica. The quartet end up on an island where, in addition to meeting some hedonistic lemurs, they learn about the food chain--and that Alex is a different link on the chain from the other three.Madagascardoesn't achieve the snappy perfection of a Pixar movie, but it tops most other computer-animated efforts; the collision of friendship and predator instincts makes for an unusually gripping conflict. The vocal performances of the central characters is serviceable, but Sacha Baron Cohen (Da Ali G Show) provides topnotch lunacy as the lemur king, and the penguins--voiced mostly by the animators themselves--are the best thing in the movie.--Bret Fetzer
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