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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.
Downside of working at a summer camp: the kids decide to watch this instead of the legendary FLINTSTONES IN VIVA ROCK VEGAS. They got bored of this shit 40 minutes in and started jumping around. They only got jacked up for the stupid-ass "I like to move it move it" scene with the Borat lemur. Did I miss something or was the Chris Rock Zebra a Black Zionist like Nas in BELLY? God just thinking about this shit sends me into rage mode. That stupid fucking Dreamworks mugging face. God damn!
This perhaps pushes its moral too hard, but it does have some fine performances and is ultimately a charming kids' film.
Silly and full of energy. Back in 2005, the penguins and the lemurs were true revelations. I don't dare to check out their respective spin-off series today as I don't want to tarnish their reputation in my mind. Also remembered fondly: Alex's hallucination. A trippy scene for a trippy movie.
Latter parts of the film are undeveloped and don't work at all, but the first part is great fun and it retains it's humour and charm throughout the entire runtime.
Remove the penguins and there's not much to laugh about or much to enjoy, except maybe the lemurs. The main characters are really weak.
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