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Running Time:
1 hour, 26 minutes

Rating: PG Parental Guidance Suggested.

Rating Explanation:
for mild language, crude humor and some thematic elements

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A fresh, funny, irreverent comedy that's a delightful treat for the entire family. The only problem could be that with all the laughs, you may miss some of the funniest lines, so you'll have to see it again.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: All-new "I Like to Move It, Move It" music video; Hear the very first-ever penguin commentary as they give you their unique take on their role in the film; Escape with untamed games and jungle activities for the whole family! ; Try your hand at "Fossa Whack" and "Learn to Draw!"; 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; Plus, more wild entertainment featuring your Madagascar friends!

As the main attraction at the Central Park Zoo, Alex the Lion (Ben Stiller) loves the adoration and subsequent pampering that comes with being the top cat. His neighbor is a zebra named Marty (Chris Rock), who thinks the grass would be much greener in a faraway pasture and fantasizes about escaping to the wild when he discovers that the penguins are attempting to tunnel to Antarctica. So he convinces his pals Alex, Gloria the hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Melman the hypochondriacal giraffe (David Schwimmer) to make a break, and when they do they find there’s no turning back.

After some nervous moments on the loose in the city, they are captured, crated and put on a ship to Africa. But those hysterical plotting penguins sabotage the ship, and Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria find themselves washed ashore on the exotic island of Madagascar. Now, these native New Yorkers have to figure out how to survive in the wild. Their journey through the jungle teaches them that life on the food chain is pretty harsh, and they get one lesson after another about how nature can be tough.

The jokes, visual and verbal, come thick and fast with a giddy undercurrent of pop culture references that are all the funnier for being so outrageous. The animation is quite wonderful. They present Madagascar as a lush, exotic land, and focus on species, plants and environments that are unlike any of those which have appeared in other jungle comedies, although they actually do exist. Ditto the animals on the island, which includes a very funny bunch of lemurs who live in fear of the hideous fousa creatures.

All the vocal characterizations are excellent. Stiller is royal, Rock is hip-hop-ily hilarious, Pinkett Smith has a superior attitude as the smartest of the bunch, and David Schwimmer with a voice that's as droopy as Melman’s neck, and an emotional register that's constantly veering between wonderment and terror who's the standout among the marquee names; but it's those four scheming penguins voiced by the movie's animators and director that run away with the movie.

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