Total Run Time of 90 minutes or less. Have I seen them all? Yes, but that doesn't mean I'll vouch…
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.…
Animation Sunday 2015 #28- Madagascar
I've had mixed feelings on this DreamWorks outing. The film has a very clever setup where four different zoo animals with odd personalities and distinct voices are stripped from their luscious home and sent to the wild lands of Madagascar, I like the main characters and the voices that go along with them (mainly, Ben Stiller as the self-centered, steak-obsessed lion and David Schwimmer as the neurotic, death-obsessed giraffe), and there's creative slapstick comedy throughout its runtime, but the overall impact of the characters' situations feel forced and the dramatic turn it takes near the end fails to reach its potential. There's also its clichéd message of being yourself and some ill-timed pop-culture jokes that…
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.
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…
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)…
i'm a child
I still get amusement out of I LIKE TO MOVE IT, MOVE IT. Oops.
subway tried to be mcdonalds and released toys for this. they were bad as hell
A bit of fun.
Best part of this film was the penguins.
Not that bad of a kid's film.
Pretty fun but boring.
A weak story lets down some pretty good voice acting here, definitely unworthy of two sequels, but I guess if Dreamworks thought this was their best animated efforts to try and combat Disney then that's why they went this route. An okay family film which I'm sure kids would love, but shouldn't ever be consider for something more than a sunday afternoon/crappy christmas telly movie.
This was cute. A group of animals is taken from their home in a city zoo and ends up in the wilds of Madagascar.
I saw Zootopia not too long ago, so it was hard not to make little comparisons. The two biggest were:
1) The animation style was quite different. Zootopia had a realism to how the animals moved around and interacted with each other. In Madagascar, this are 100% cartoon animals. They bend and bounce and spring in ways that animals most definitely do not.
2) Madagascar is less universal and more a product of its age, so some of the slang and jokes feel a bit more dated.
For me though neither of these things are a negative. I had a lot of fun watching this one with my 4-year-old.
Also, penguins rule.
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