DVD Movie Review: Madagascar
When four pampered animals from New York's Central Park Zoo accidentally find themselves shipwrecked on the exotic island of Madagascar, they discover it really IS a jungle out there! Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer and Jada Pinkett Smith headline an all-star cast of hilarious animals, including a quartet of mischievous penguins and legions of lemurs, led by the outrageous King Julien. A roaring good time, Madagascar is "great family fun" (Joel Siegel, Good Morning America) that you'll go wild for again and again!
The friendship between a New York City lion and zebra is tested when fate brings them out to the unforgiving wilderness in this computer-animated DreamWorks feature. Chris Rock does the voice of Marty the Zebra, whose longing to explore beyond his cushy Central Park Zoo boundaries is the impetus that ultimately strands him and his pals on the shores of savage Madagascar. Marty loves the new, edible scenery, but his best friend Alex (voiced by Ben Stiller) the Lion begins to starve since his diet of thick steaks has been cut off, and the rump of his friend starts to look mighty tasty. Their other friends, a hypochondriac giraffe (David Schwimmer) and a sassy hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith), try their best to think of a solution as the call of the wild slowly turns the starving Alex into Marty's worst nightmare. Meanwhile the hilariously self-aggrandizing King of the Ocelots (Sacha Cohen) has a plan to use Marty to repel their own carnivore problem. This kid-oriented comedy stays adult-friendly every step of the way thanks to a clever script that mixes New Yorker humor and even some existentialism in with the pratfalls and spit-takes. Jolts of comedic brilliance are supplied by some Arctic-bound escaped con penguins, and a couple of literary apes. It's not a musical, but classic songs from the likes of Louis Armstrong and Sammy Davis Jr. keep the montages flowing loose and sassy.
Cast: Voices of Ben Stiller,
David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith
Director: Eric Darnell
Madagascar Pictures and Wallpapers:
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Critic Quotes and Reviews:
- USA Today "The animation is visually stunning, and the animals' stylized rendering and friendly look is in keeping with the energetic mood of the movie." 05/27/2005 p.8E
- Entertainment Weekly "[A] delightfully wacked new digitally animated comedy....Untamed fun." 06/03/2005 p.61-62
- Sight and Sound "MADAGASCAR offers plenty of amusement..." 08/01/2005 p.60
- Premiere "Ben Stiller and Chris Rock's characters may be digital but the actors' personas propel their every move." 02/01/2006 p.106
- James Berardinelli's ReelViews 6 of 10 Eventually, it had to happen: a computer-animated dud. It's surprising it has taken this long, and we have been spoiled by the high quality of the product, with such winning titles as Toy Story, Shrek, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and others. But, with the death of traditional animation and the proliferation of titles in this arena, a slip in quality was inevitable. Thus far, 2005 has seen two of these movies: Robots and Madagascar. And, although Robots was mediocre entertainment, Madagascar slips a notch below that. - James Berardinelli
- Chicago Sun-Times 7 of 10 The movie is much too safe to follow its paradoxes to their logical conclusion, and that's probably just as well. The problem, though, is that once it gets them to the wild, it doesn't figure out what to do with them there, and the plot seems to stall. Madagascar is funny, especially at the beginning, and good-looking in a retro cartoon way, but in a world where the stakes have been raised by Finding Nemo, Shrek and The Incredibles, it's a throwback to a more conventional kind of animated entertainment. It'll be fun for the smaller kids, but there's not much crossover appeal for their parents. - Roger Ebert
Format: DVD, AC-3, Animated, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
Genre: Animation, Kids Movies, Family
Runtime: 86 minutes
Screen Aspect: 1.85:1
Sound Quality: English Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Media Quantity: 1 DVD Disc
Other Information and Links:
Studio: Dreamworks Animated
Theatrical Release Date: 2005
DVD Release Date: November 15, 2005
- Available Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
- Available Audio Tracks: (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Hear the very first-ever Penguin Commentary as they give you their unique take on the film!
- Escape with untamed games and jungle activities for the whole family!
- Get the inside scoop with "Behind the Crates,""The Tech of Madagascar," and "Mad Mishaps"
- Help the Penguins "Crack the Code" for a special surprise!
At New York's Central Park Zoo, a lion (Stiller), a zebra (Rock), a
giraffe (Schwimmer), and a hippo (Smith) 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.