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When a zebra's curiosity gets the best of him, he escapes to explore the world. His friends follow him, but they are captured, crated and put on a ship to Africa. When the penguins sabotage the ship, the animals find themselves washed ashore and island. Now they have to figure out how to survive in the wild.
PROFANITY: Hoover Dam is said as a profanity and Hell is spelled out accidentally. SEX/NUDITY: None VIOLENCE: Some typical cartoon type violence. Certainly nothing graphic. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None ACTION: Not much action, but the story is fairly quick paced. COMEDY: Only a little more than a half dozen chuckles and smiles with no big laughs.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Above Average Madagascar will make money because parents are always on the look-out for "safe" family films, and, in general, animated fare meets that criterion. The problem here is that, while there's nothing offensive about this movie, it's not especially entertaining.
Roger EbertFull Review Above Average 'Madagascar' is funny, especially at the beginning, and good-looking in a retro cartoon way, but in a world where the stakes have been raised by 'Finding Nemo,' 'Shrek' and 'The Incredibles,' it's a throwback to a more conventional kind of animated entertainment. It'll be fun for the smaller kids, but there's not much crossover appeal for their parents.
USA TodayFull Review Good Madagascar offers an upbeat respite from intergalactic warfare, which children are bound to enjoy. Though it may not be as winning as the Shrek movies, it is an improvement over Shark Tale. And thanks to the ad-libbed lines of the talented cast, parents won't feel held captive during the experience.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Children and young teens loved "Madagascar." The other opinions aren't fantastic, but they certainly aren't bad. It's obvious adults didn't enjoy it nearly as well as movies like "Shrek," but most did enjoy it and very few disliked it. I can't highly recommend "Madagascar," but it's certainly worth a family outing to the movies.
Alex the Lion (Stiller) is the king of the urban jungle, the main attraction at
New York's Central Park Zoo. He and his best friends Marty the Zebra (Rock),
Melman the Giraffe (Schwimmer) and Gloria the Hippo (Pinkett Smith) have lived
their entire lives in blissful captivity, with regular meals provided and an
admiring public to adore them.
Not content to leave well enough alone, Marty allows his curiosity to get the
better of him and, with the help of some prodigious penguins, makes his escape
to explore the world he's been missing. Alex, Melman and Gloria go after him,
but before they can go wild in the streets, they are captured, crated and put on
a ship to Africa…to be ultimately set free.
When those plotting penguins sabotage the ship, Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria
find themselves washed ashore on the exotic island of Madagascar. Now, these
native New Yorkers have to figure out how to survive in the wild and discover
the true meaning of the phrase "It's a jungle out there."