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Madagascar - Escape 2 Africa (Widescreen) (2008)

Animated movie directed by Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath

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  • Dec 21, 2008
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Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):

1. Movie begins as a prequel, and ends as a sequel
2. Zoo animals, 2 lemurs and a stowaway take a trip and get dumped somewhere between Madagascar and New York City
3. "Somewhere" turns out to be a wildlife reserve in Africa
4. Alex the Lion (Ben Stiller) rediscovers his roots, and a "Lion King" tribute follows.
5. Marty the zebra (Chris Rock) finds out that the herd instinct makes him lose his unique spin
6. Gloria the Hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith) meets Moto Moto (Will.i.am) a hunky hippo with major mojo
7. Melman the giraffe (David Schwimmer) finds a new calling - "Ooo eee, ooo ah ah ting tang, walla walla, bing bang..."
8. Visiting New Yorkers cause a lot of "dam" trouble for the animals
9. King Julien (Sacha Baron Cohen) tries to save the day, and is greatly assisted by the shark jumping
10. Penguins again steal the show

A worthy sequel to the hilarious 2005 film, although a little heavy on the whole "Lion King" thing. Lots of star power can be heard, including those mentioned above, plus Cedric the Entertainer, Andy Richter, the late Bernie Mac (R.I.P.), Alec Baldwin, Freddie Highmore and others.

This one has stayed funny through the years.

Amanda Richards

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review by . September 17, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
To me, there's a lot of similarities between the "Ice Age" movies and the "Madagascar" movies. First, both series are about animals going on a journey. Second, they have similar animation styles. And third, they both suffered the same problems in their sequels... although "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" made it through these problems better than "Ice Age: The Meltdown."     The strength of the first "Madagascar" was its silliness. It never took itself too seriously. The characters …
review by . July 23, 2009
But I won't say better.    Sequels RARELY live up to their hype, but this movie was just as funny for me as the first one was.    I enjoyed the extra penguin screen time a great deal.    Surprisingly, the new story line (of still being lost) held up mighty well considering it was a redo. The addition of new characters and the return of favorites (like Julian) tickled me throughout.    Didn't happen to watch this one …
review by . April 14, 2009
After the success of the Shrek franchise Dreamworks wanted to make more hit franchises. "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" (ho ho) is the first non-Shrek franchise to receive a sequel, and I fear it won't be the last. Already there is talk of a third film in the franchise, and if studio honcho Jeffery Katzenberg is to believed, "Kung Fu Panda" is also getting franchised. I remember as a kid being happy when there was only one installment of a great animated movie. Of course, the original "Madagascar," …
review by . February 07, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
Madagascar Escape 2 Africa, it's just a fun afternoon family enjoyable movie. How can you not like that theme song, I like to move it, the ear worm? The characters are all back, the penguins are hilarious, everyone is just fantastically funny in this movie. Alec Baldwin is just way too good in his role as the evil lion. The late Bernie Mac performs, and is given a mention before the credits roll at the end. A 12 and 18 year old with two parents watched this movie and laughed hard throughout.      …
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The sequel to the animated movieMadagascargives more of everything audiences loved in the first movie: More of the penguins; more of Julian, king of the lemurs; more musical bits of classic rock; and many, many more lions, zebras, hippos, and giraffes. In the first film, a quartet of coddled zoo animals found themselves shipwrecked on the island of Madagascar in a misguided effort to return them to the wild. InMadagascar: Escape 2 Africa, a failed attempt to fly back to New York maroons Alex the lion (voiced by Ben Stiller), Marty the zebra (Chris Rock), Gloria the hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith), and Melman the giraffe (David Schwimmer) in an animal preserve on the African continent, accompanied by the four deranged penguins and the lunatic lemur king (deliriously voiced by Sacha Baron Cohen,Borat). By wild coincidence, this is where Alex was born--and where his father is still the alpha lion, and where his malevolent uncle seeks to take over (let's call this an homage toThe Lion King). The other beasts have their own story arcs, but really it's all an excuse for daffy comic bits. Though the result is disposable, it's also entirely entertaining. The action sequences pop with dizzying spectacle; though some jokes are mainstream fodder, more often they're surprisingly quirky and engagingly oddball. This is the best kind of cotton candy filmmaking--it dissolves into nothing, but it's oh-so-sweet to the taste.--Bret Fetzer
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DVD Release Date: February 6, 2009
Runtime: 89 minutes
Studio: DreamWorks
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