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It's All Some Type Of Whacked Out Conspiracy.
Zoo animals leave the comforts of man-made habitats for exotic adventure in this animated family film. After escaping from the zoo, four friends -- a lion, a hippo, a zebra and a giraffe -- are sent back to Africa. When their ship capsizes, stranding them on Madagascar, an island populated by crazy critters, the pals must adapt to jungle life and their new roles as wild animals.
So what does a 19-year old guy and his girlfriend watch when they have a choice of over 1000-films? Obviously, they watch Madagascar. And with they being me and my girlfriend, why did we watch it? A good reason is that we sporadically watch The Penguins of Madagascar, 10-minute episodes which flash-by and are generally fun to watch. Plus, the penguins and the lemurs are infinitely more entertaining than the main cast of this film.
Which as you can tell by the poster - a lion, a zebra, a giraffe and a hippopotamus are all so happy and dandy and pulling that we're happy face. The film is pretty quick, so it's not torture - yet, it's not exactly funny.…
This was the first time I've seen this thing since I was six years old and at the cinema, and man, does this not hold up at all. No wonder I forgot so much about it between that viewing and this one:
- A story I still barely remember anything about
- A principal cast full of annoyingly-voiced, flat characters I couldn't care what happened to
- Animation that amazingly manages to be both depressingly bland as well as being uncomfortably in-your-face
- Jokes solely aimed for children and nobody else (even I don't remember laughing at the theatre)
Even though for those reasons I would think twice about recommending and have no desire to see it again, I'm actually…
We watched this film in my high school geography class once. It's nice to know that my parents' hard-earned money went towards watching something like this. It makes me optimistic about the future of American Education.
Solid animated fun. The characters are all likable and the colors are vibrant. While it does become generic often and the jokes were a little too juvenile for my taste, I still enjoy this film for what it is.
I must admit to not being a fan of the Dreamworks animations. They don't look particularly inventive, the voice talent is often at best distracting, or at worst, poor, and the stories are very sparse.
Madagascar really is no exception to the rule. We first meet the heroes of the film - the animals - at the New York Zoo. Marty (voiced by Chris Rock) is a zebra bored with captivity and longing for the freedom of the wild.
Alex (voiced by Ben Stiller) is a vain yet cowardly lion, happy to pose for the public in his cage, and so full of himself that he buys Marty little icons of himself as birthday presents. Melman (voiced by David Schwimmer)…
Inoffensive and utterly forgettable. Notable for the fact that all main characters on the poster are making Dreamworks Face.
the one and only.
I had no idea where this was going ... refreshing!
Fun characters, a number of great gags, decent animation. This is one of the lesser outings from Dreaworks Animation, but it's enjoyable enough and doesn't outstay its welcome. The vocal cast certainly helps, especially the hilarious turn from Sacha Baron Cohen as King Julien.
TV, con Ines
The start of a beloved franchise that would never surpass it.
Μου φάνηκε πολύ έξυπνο εύρημα το ξύπνημα του ζωώδες ενστίνκτου του Άλεξ και αυτή η ανακάλυψη της αγριότητας της πραγματικής φύσης. Από την άλλη, με χάλασε πολύ που μια ταινία η οποία ρίχνει μια ματιά στο πόσο έχει απομακρυνθεί ο ανθρώπινος πολιτισμός από τις φυσικές ρίζες του (ασχέτως αν το κάνει για κάποιο σχόλιο ή απλώς στα πλαίσια ενός διασκεδαστικού παιδικού στόρι), δείχνει απόλυτα εξαρτημένη από αυτόν τον πολιτισμό, ανάγωντας με κάθε ευκαιρία το ίδιο το φυσικό περιβάλλον σε δείγμα του: από το μπαρ της παραλίας μέχρι το χαρακτηριστικό theme-song που ξεκάθαρα κλαμπίζει.
Όχι ότι θα περίμενε κανείς κάτι πιο τολμηρό από μια τέτοια ταινία (και νοηματικά αν προσπαθήσεις να εμβαθύνεις, θα έλεγες ότι επιδιώκει μια συμφιλίωση μεταξύ πολιτισμού και φυσικών ενστίκτων), αλλά προσωπικά με ψιλοενοχλεί η τόση εξάρτηση από αυτήν την σύγχρονη αστική κουλτούρα.
Alex the Lion (Ben Stiller), Marty the Zebra (Chris Rock), Melman the Giraffe (David Schwimmer) and Gloria the Hippopotamus (Jada Pinkett Smith) live in the New York Central Zoo, but Marty wants to live in the wild. He gets his chance when the four of them find themselves lost on a jungle island called Madagascar. They then have to befriend a tribe of lemurs and avoid both the natural predators and the predators inside themselves.
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