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Year of Release: 2005
Director(s): Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath
Animation Studio: DreamWorks
Approx. Running Time: 86 minutes
My Rating: 3 stars (Out of 5)
From Back Cover:
"A GREAT FAMILY FILM...WONDERFULLY FUNNY!"
-Joel Siegel, GOOD MORNING AMERICA
Move it! Move it! for MADAGASCAR, the #1 Family Comedy of the Year, from the studio that brought you Shrek and Shark Tale. When four pampered animals from New York's Central Park Zoo accidentally find themselves shipwrecked on the exotic island of Madagascar, they discover it really IS a jungle out there! Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer and Jada Pinkett Smith headline an all-star cast of hilarious animals, including a quartet of mischievous penguins and legions of lemurs, led by the outrageous King Julien. MADAGASCAR is a roaring good family film that you'll go wild for again and again.
PLUS! Before the mission to Madagascar, those zany Penguins stirred up some holiday spirit back at the zoo. Check out the "cute and cuddly" foursome starring in their very own whacked-out film, A CHRISTMAS CAPER!
The first time I watched this movie, I didn't like it. The main characters, while pretty funny, aren't all that loveable or even memorable - they have their moments, but it's nothing great. As a result, I found myself sorely disappointed.
However, upon repeated viewings I came to realize that the magic of this movie lies with the peripheral characters - namely the lemurs and the penguins - and I fell in love with it. It has since become one of my favorite animated films and I do highly recommend it.
Incidentally, there's a sequel in the works that may hit theaters in 2008.
Rated PG (MPAA)