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At Theaters: 5/27/2005 On Video: 11/15/2005
Rated: PG Length: 1 hr. 26 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 449932
Studio: DreamWorks Pictures
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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.

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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Animated Comedy - Nothing unexpected here. It's your typical animated adventure/comedy.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Ben Stiller (Voice of Alex the Lion)
Chris Rock (Voice of Marty the Zebra)
David Schwimmer (Voice of Malman the Giraffe)
Jada Pinkett Smith (Voice of Gloria the Hippo)
Director: Eric Darnell ANTZ
Wri/Dir: Tom McGrath TV's - THE REN & STIMPY SHOW
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Production Notes Heading
Zookeepers
Animal Instincts
Some Kind of Whacked-Out Conspiracy
Heads or Tails
Move It, Move It
Two Jungles
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Content Heading
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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Above Average

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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full 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 Ebert Full 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 Today Full 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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Based on an Exit Polling of 99 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
23
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (M)
6
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
8
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
7
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
17
About 50/50
100%
30+Adults (M)
15
High
93%
30+Adults (F)
23
About 50/50
91%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

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.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
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.”
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