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Released: 2005

Genre: Kids & Family

Runtime: 1 hr 26 min

MPAA Rating: PG

Director: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath

Starring: Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith, David Schwimmer, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer, Andy Richter

A film tells the story of four Central Park Zoo animals who have spent their lives in blissful captivity and are unexpectedly shipped back to Africa, getting shipwrecked on the island of Madagascar.

The characters provide their own laugh track as they laugh for you.

Review by: SteveRhodes

Added: 8 years ago

A random series of comedy sketches lost in search of a story, MADAGASCAR features four animated animals who ham it up, first in the zoo and then in "the wild." Sometimes cute but never funny, these animals, Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the Hippo, are voiced loquaciously but not humorously by Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer and Jada Pinkett Smith. But, without the benefit of even a semi-decent script, it isn't fair to blame the actors or the computer generated animation.

Using the standard slapstick formula, the animals fall a lot and yuck it up among themselves. You may not be laughing much, but, not to worry, the characters provide their own laugh track as they laugh for you. The plot, such as it is, has some of the animals wanting to escape their luxurious pampering in their concrete and brick Central Park Zoo so they can seek out their destiny in the mythical land known as "the wild."

Early on in their dull adventure, the giraffe remarks, "I can see where this is going." He then proceeds to yawn and nod off to sleep. I know exactly how he feels.

MADAGASCAR runs very long even at just 1:26. It is rated PG for "mild language, crude humor and some thematic elements" and would be acceptable for kids of all ages.