At the end of Madagascar
Alex the performing lion (voice of Ben
), Marty the wisecracking zebra (Chris Rock
), Melman the
sensitive giraffe (David Schwimmer
) and Gloria the fabulous
hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith
), all refugees from the Central Park Zoo, were stranded on the isle of Madagascar. The tough-guy penguins, who came
along have now fixed up an old crashed airplane to fly them all back
home. But the plane gets as far as the plains of Africa, when crashes again.
On the African savannah, Alex finds his dad
Zuba (Bernie Mac
) and mom (Sherri Shepherd
). To be allowed to stay in the
pride, Zuba's rival, Makunga (Alec Baldwin
that Alex perform various rites of passage. Misunderstanding what he must do, Alex performs
the crowd-pleasing dance number that he used to do at the zoo, which results in his being banished from
the pride because "real lions" don't dance. Meanwhile Gloria has a hot-and-very-heavy flirtation with the extra-large Romeo, Moto Moto (will.i.am
), which sends the sensitive Melman into a tailspin of jealousy.
Many of the other characters from the original film are back including the hilarious penguins led by the supremely insane Skipper (Tom McGrath), and the party-hearty
lemurs (Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer
and Andy Richter
) . A score of pop songs ranging from Barry Manilow
to Ennio Morricone
a goofy spin on all the action as each
of the animals' comical issues are ultimately resolved.
Even for computer animation, the colors in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
are particularly rich. Kids will love it and adults will
happy to find there's nothing particularly obnoxious in this lively and quite entertaining movie.