MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE'S MOST WANTED
Old Friends, New Tricks
After three films and three continents, the Madagascar Zoosters still find a
way to have the most fun and go on the wildest adventures imaginable. Being
chased across Europe and hiding in the circus presents a fresh new way to see
characters audiences already love. The voice talent is happy to share their own
excitement for the return of their animal counterparts.
Not surprisingly, Chris Rock enjoys the humor of the series: "Audiences
respond to the comedy. They're really into the camaraderie of the characters and
they love new characters that are introduced. I remember in the last one, my
kids loved Will.i.Am's character, a hippo named Moto Moto. 'Madagascar' has not
let you down. It's a brand you can count on. It's like McDonalds, like you know?
You got a Fish Filet - you know Fish Filet is going to be pretty decent. And the
Fish Filet you get in Brooklyn is the same Fish Filet you're going to get in
Kentucky. You can count on it. And that's 'Madagascar.' It's like a Fish Filet.
Number 12 in most cities."
Jada Pinkett Smith says, "The thing that I love about all the 'Madagascar'
movies is that they're fun but they also have a lot of heart. They always deal
with really simple, central issues: relationships and how one relates to oneself
and to the world, which is relatable across the board, whether you're an adult
or a child."
Ben Stiller agrees: "People like the friendships and the relationships that
the characters have and that they are always there for each other. There's an
innocence about these characters, where they go through life without quite
knowing how to deal with the real world. They're in the process of learning
- and they are doing it together. That's a big part of it. And of course, the
animation is great - it has that sort of retro Tex Avery vibe. It just feels
Conrad Vernon believes that it's the Zoosters' resourcefulness that is
appealing: "They've always been adept at getting out of sticky situations to
great comic effect, but never more so than in this film, where their lives are
in danger and they're forced to hide with the circus. What takes it to a whole
different level is how they make the best of their situation, not only making
new friends and discovering new talents but, ultimately, using their
circumstances to get them home. That's resourcefulness if I ever saw it. They
learn some things about themselves, too - that it's not necessarily a place that
makes life worth living, but rather it's the people in their lives that make it
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