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Madagascar (2005)

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Spoiled by their upbringing and unaware of what wildlife really is, four animals from the New York Central Zoo escape, unwittingly assisted by four absconding penguins, and find themselves in Madagascar.
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Alex (voice)
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Marty (voice)
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Melman (voice)
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Gloria (voice)
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Julien (voice)
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Maurice (voice)
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Mort (voice)
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Private (voice)
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Kowalski (voice)
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Mason (voice)
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Zoo Announcer / Lemur #1 / Fossa / Subway Car Announcer (voice)
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Police Horse (voice)
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Police Officer (voice) (as Steve Apostolina)
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Old Lady (voice)
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At New York's Central Park Zoo, a lion, a zebra, a giraffe, and a hippo are best friends and stars of the show. But when one of the animals goes missing from their cage, the other three break free to look for him, only to find themselves reunited ... on a ship en route to Africa. When their vessel is hijacked, however, the friends, who have all been raised in captivity, learn first-hand what life can be like in the wild. Written by Anonymous

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lemur | jungle | zoo | escape | madagascar | See All (80) »

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They weren't born in the wild... They were shipped there. See more »


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Rated PG for mild language, crude humor and some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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27 May 2005 (USA)  »

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$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$61,012,130 (USA) (27 May 2005)

Gross:

$193,136,719 (USA) (7 October 2005)
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Trivia

The Chimpanzee Mason (voiced by Dreamworks Animation's Conrad Vernon) is only mentioned by name in the Credits, same said for the Sequels. See more »

Goofs

The interior size of Alex's crate varies from when they are stacked on the ship to when he is on the ocean sleeping. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Alex the Lion: Surprise!
Marty the Zebra: Aaahhh! Alex! Do not interrupt me when I'm daydreaming. When a zebra's in the zone, leave him alone.
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You can see Gloria as the Statue of Liberty at the end of all credits, performing a Tinkerbell-esque magic wand tap to end the movie. See more »

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Referenced in AniMat's Classic Reviews: Waltz with Bashir (2013) See more »

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Dead Already
from American Beauty (1999)
Written by Thomas Newman
Courtesy of DreamWorks SKG
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I've Seen Better And Worse. Overall, It Is A Decent Kids Movie That Can Hold Adults Attention As Well.
7 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Let's face it, it's hard to put out a good animation movie that is equal to Shrek, The Incredibles or Finding Nemo. Those are hard movies to follow but Madagascar is by no means a bad movie. In fact, I will still rate this pretty high, as I enjoyed it without watching the clock.

The plot was very easy for children to follow while not so simplistic that adults become bored in the middle. The simple plot was that 4 animals raised in a zoo venture out into the wild and quickly realize how easy they had it back home in the New York Zoo.

There was quite a few humorous scenes in Madagascar, but my favorite has to be the "distinguished" chimps who get offended that the thought of looking or smelling like a monkey is bad. An honorable mention is the penguins who also got more than they bargained for in Antarctica.

While some of the graphics are sub-par to other movies I've mentioned, like Alex the Lion (voiced by Ben Stiller) for instance. At times they look sort of like clay-mation or something, and other they look positively life-like. The scenery and the lemurs stand out as the most beautifully rendered parts of the movie.

This movie is great for getting the kids out of the house and not too bad if the normal adult wants to get away and enjoy something more suitable for the family as well.


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