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Madagascar is a 2005 American computer-animated comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation, and released in movie theaters on May 27, 2005. The 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.Sony VAIO PCG-3B1M Battery

The voices of Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith, Chris Rock, and David Schwimmer are featured. Other voices include Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer, and Andy Richter. Madagascar was released on DVD on November 15, 2005, along with the short film, The Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas CaperSony VAIO PCG-3C1T Battery

A Blu-ray Disc version was released on September 23, 2008. A sequel, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, was released on November 7, 2008. The third film in the series, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, was released on June 8, 2012.

At the Central Park Zoo, Marty the zebra is celebrating his tenth birthday, Sony VAIO PCG-3D1M Battery

but longs to see the rest of the world from outside his pampered life at the zoo, believing that he can find wide-open spaces to run around in, like Connecticut. Marty's best friend, Alex the lion attempts to cheer up his friend by singing Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York" with him. Still unsatisfied, Marty gets some tips from the zoo's penguins; Sony VAIO PCG-3G2M Battery

Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private. The penguins are similarly trying to escape the zoo. Marty's friends—Alex the lion, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippopotamus—realize Marty's folly and try to follow him. The four, along with the penguins and the chimpanzees Mason and his silent friend Phil eventually find themselves at Grand Central Station, Sony VAIO PCG-5R1M Battery

but are quickly sedated by tranquilizer darts when Alex's attempt to communicate with humans is mistaken for aggression. The zoo (under pressure from animal-rights activists) is forced to ship the animals, by sea, to a Kenyan wildlife preserve. During their travels, the penguins escape from their enclosure and take over the ship, intent on taking it to Antarctica.Sony VAIO PCG-7141M Battery

Their antics on the bridge cause the crates containing Alex, Marty, Melmen, and Gloria to fall off the boat and wash ashore on Madagascar.

The animals are soon able to regroup, initially believing themselves to be in San Diego, California. Sony VAIO PCG-7143M Battery

Upon exploring, however, they come across a pack of lemurs led by King Julien XIII, and quickly learn of their true location. Alex blames Marty for their predicament and attempts to signal for help to get back to civilization. Marty, on the other hand, finds the wild to be exactly what he was looking for, with Gloria and Melman soon joining him in enjoying the island.Sony VAIO PCG-7151M Battery

Alex eventually comes around, though his hunting instincts begin to show; he has been away from the pampered zoo life of prepacked steaks for too long. The group is accepted by the lemurs, though King Julien's adviser, Maurice, cautions them about Alex's predatory nature.Sony VAIO PCG-7154M Battery

King Julien ignores Maurice's concerns and persuades the group to help the lemurs fend off the fossa, who hunt the lemurs as prey. While initially Alex scares the fossa away and is worshiped by the lemurs, he later falls under his instincts and attacks Marty. Realizing that Alex is now a threat to them, Sony VAIO PCG-7162M Battery

King Julien banishes Alex to the far side of the island, where the fossa live. Marty begins to regret his decision to leave the zoo, seeing what Alex has turned into.

The penguins, having been to Antarctica and found that it "sucks," land the boat on Madagascar. Sony VAIO PCG-7181M Battery

Seeing this as a chance to return Alex to New York, Marty rushes after his friend against the wishes of the others. Marty attempts to convince the now grizzled, starving Alex to return by using the "New York" song but Alex refuses in fear of attacking him again. The penguins, Gloria and Melman go to find Marty, but are trapped by the fossa. Sony VAIO PCG-41112M Battery

At the last minute, Alex finally overcomes his predatory nature and scares the fossa away from the lemur territory forever. The lemurs regain their respect for Alex and the penguins help him satisfy his hunger through sushi instead of steak. As the lemurs throw a bon voyage celebration for the foursome, Sony VAIO PCG-7153M Battery

the penguins decide not to break the news that the ship has run out of fuel and that they are still stuck on the island, setting the stage for Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.

Alex the Lion is the most popular animal at the Central Park Zoo. Nicknamed The King of New York, he is very happy with life in the zoo. Sony VAIO PCG-71312M Battery

When the characters first arrive in Madagascar, he is the loudest proponent of trying to return to the zoo. He is extremely fond of eating steaks but has no idea that they come from animals until he goes into withdrawal after 2 days of not eating after reaching Madagascar.

Marty the Zebra is the instigator behind escaping from the zoo. Sony VAIO PCG-7144M Battery

He constantly dreams about the wild (which he, due to Melman's misinformation, interprets asConnecticut) and wonders what life would be like beyond the zoo. One night, following the successful escape of the penguins, he leaves the zoo too, causing his friends to attempt a rescue at Grand Central Station. Sony VAIO PCG-7191L Battery

After they are recaptured from the train station, animal rights activists hold a rally, leading the zoo to have them and the rest of the animals shipped to a wildlife preserve in Kenya. However, the penguins hijack the ship and accidentally cause the crates containing Marty and his friends to fall off. The crates float on the ocean until they reach Madagascar. Sony VAIO PCG-3C1M Battery

Melman the Giraffe is a hypochondriac who was transferred to the Central Park Zoo as a young adult. Because of his previous stay in the Bronx Zoo, Melman believes that he's a real worldly guy, the most experienced in his circle of friends. He's also on a lot of medication and has lots of experience in MRI machines. Sony VAIO PCG-3F1M Battery

Gloria the Hippopotamus serves as the mediator and the nurturer of the group who takes care of the others and tends to take charge when needed and loves to eat and live the good life.

The Penguins, a group of four consisting of Skipper, Rico, Kowalski, and Private, spend their days planning an escape that will take them back to Antarctica. Sony VAIO PCG-3H1M Battery

When the penguins do make it to Antarctica, they are surprised to see a cold, barren land that they do not like and so, decide to take the ship to what they consider "paradise": Florida. However, having run out of fuel, they beach the ship in Madagascar. Skipper is the leader of the group. Sony VAIO PCG-3J1M Battery

Kowalski, the smartest and tallest of the penguins, thinks of plans and takes notes for Skipper. Private is distinguishable by his googly eyes and soft English accent; he is the youngest of the group. Rico is good with knives, has a fondness for explosives, and is the only one of the four seen swimming. Sony VAIO PCG-8141M Battery

He also regurgitates useful objects (a variation of the "magic satchel") such as a piece of wire for picking locks with. Alex describes the penguins as psychotic (while they say the same of him). Skipper calls Marty their "monochromatic friend", amusing since both kinds of animals are "black and white".Sony VAIO PCG-8161M Battery

King Julien XIII the Ring-tailed Lemur is the self-proclaimed King of the Madagascar lemurs. Julien speaks with an Indian accent and loves to sing, dance, and be the center of attention. Julien is annoyed by the lemur Mort and even suggests feeding him to Alex in order to help him get over his addiction to steak. Sony VAIO PCG-3C2M Battery

He wears a crown made out of leaves, and later a larger one that features a gecko. The other lemurs hang on his every word. He is slightly deranged and overly impressed by his modest intellect. Julien is also very weird and dramatic. He contrives a plan to use Alex to protect the lemurs from their natural enemies, thefossa, as long as Alex doesn't overshadow his own glory.Sony VAIO PCG-5N2M Battery

Also, according to the song "I Like to Move It" King Julien XIII is about 68 (or six to eight?) years old. According to a May 26, 2005 interview with Director Tom McGrath in the Seattle Post Intelligencer, "We had this two-line character, Julian [sic], and we got a tape of the show 'Ali G' with Sacha Baron Cohen. Sony VAIO PCG-5P1M Battery

He came in and he invented this Indian accent. We gave him a couple of lines and he turned them into eight minutes of dialogue. We were just in tears on the floor and thought, 'This guy has to be the king.' So that was just a two-line part that he invented and it turned into that role."[1] Sony VAIO PCG-5S1M Battery

Maurice the Aye-aye is Julien's assistant and second in command of the lemurs. He is in charge of announcing Julien to his court, though he finds this task tedious. He is generally less impressed by Julien than the other lemurs. Maurice shows the most intelligence in Julien's court, and is the only one to recognize Alex as a potentially greater threat than the fossa. Sony VAIO PCG-9Z1M Battery

Mort is a Mouse lemur that most animals find adorable, but King Julien is highly annoyed by him, eventually shouting "Oh, shut up, you're so annoying!" in response to his inane chatter. Mort responds to this by giggling and looking flattered. He has an obsession with feet; to be precise, King Julien's feet. Sony VAIO PCG-7171M Battery

In the commentary for the film, the director mentioned that Mort was actually 35, despite his childish behavior.The Fossas are predators native to Madagascar, who resemble hyenas or half-cat half-dog creatures. Known as the top predators in the island of Madagascar, the fossa are the villains of the movie, constantly trying to kill and eat the lemurs. Sony VAIO PCG-7186M Battery

According to Julien, "they're always annoying us by trespassing, interrupting our parties, and ripping our limbs off". They are cowards, however, and always flee when confronted by a bigger predator, such as Alex. They also use foreign objects such as salt and pepper shakers. Sony VAIO PCG-81112M Battery

Despite appearances, the pronunciation in the film ("foo-sah") is accurate, however the spelling (Foosa or Fousa) is not, as shown in one of the signs on the island.

Mason and Phil are the sophisticated chimpanzees at the Central Park Zoo, preferring to "read" the newspaper and enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning; Sony VAIO PCG-31311M Battery

for them, freedom means attending a Tom Wolfe lecture to "fling poo at him." Mason speaks with a RP accent and plans the daily affairs for Phil and himself, but is unable to read. He is named for James Mason, whose voice inspired the character's portrayal. Phil doesn't speak, making him initially seem less intelligent and more primitive than his comrade, Sony VAIO PCG-8152M Battery

but can read English and "speaks" American Sign Language (which he uses to communicate with Mason), which instills the idea that Phil is perhaps the more cerebral of the two. Both escape from the zoo in the beginning of the movie after Alex, Gloria, and Melman leave for Grand Central Station; they are later caught at Grand Central trying to rob a teller. Sony VAIO PCG-31111M Battery

They are also sent to the wildlife reserve along with the main characters. Unlike the main characters, they don't wash up on the shores of Madagascar, however they do appear in the background of the final scene in their crate on the ship. In their first scene in the movie, they raid a waste basket for leftover coffee, a bagel, and a newspaper. Sony VAIO PCG-61111M Battery

Their crate on the ship is full of aluminum cans (in the DVD, it is indicated that they contain root beer, not beer, likely implemented in order to make the film more family-friendly). According to a May 26, 2005 interview with Director Tom McGrath in the Seattle Post Intelligencerthe chimp's "first scene was just deciphering the code on the shipping label. Sony VAIO PCG-51112M Battery

We got this girl who knew American Sign Language. We wanted (the gestures) to be really frenetic so she signed out, 'Tell the tiny pea-brained birds that the sign reads: Ship to ...' and it gave us enough hand gestures. Then we went back to 'I see that Tom Wolfe is speaking at Lincoln Center,' and she gestured, 'Can we throw our poo at his stupid white suit?'".Sony VAIO PCG-51211M Battery

Critical reception

The film gained mixed reviews from critics, from excellent to terrible. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film received a 55% approval rating based on 178 reviews.[3] On Rotten Tomatoes' "Cream of the Crop", 37% of critics gave positive reviews based on 35 reviews.[4] Sony VAIO PCG-51212M Battery

On Metacritic, the film has 57% approval rating based on 36 reviews falling under the "Mixed or Average" category.[5]

Box office

Despite the mixed response from critics, the film was a commercial success. On its opening weekend, Sony VAIO PCG-41111M Battery

the film grossed $47,224,594 with a $11,431 average from 4,131 theaters making it the number 3 movie of that weekend behind Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and The Longest Yard.[6] However, the film managed to claim the top position in the U.S. box office the following week with a gross of $28,110,235.[7] Sony VAIO PCG-41111V Battery

In the United States, the film eventually grossed $193,595,521, and in foreign areas grossed $339,085,150 with a summative worldwide gross of $532,680,671.[8] As of July 2010, the film is the eighth highest-grossing DreamWorks animated feature behind Shrek 2Shrek the ThirdShrekSony VAIO PCG-61412V Battery

Shrek Forever AfterHow to Train Your DragonKung Fu Panda, and Monsters vs. Aliens.

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (or simply just Madagascar 2, known in early development trailer as Madagascar: The Crate Escape) is a 2008 American computer-animated comedy film written by Etan Cohen, Sony VAIO PCG-71112M Battery

and directed by Eric Darnell andTom McGrath. This sequel to the 2005 film Madagascar continues the adventures of Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, and Gloria the Hippo. It stars the voices of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer,Sony VAIO PCG-81111V Battery

Jada Pinkett Smith,Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer, and Andy Richter. Also providing voices are Bernie Mac, Alec Baldwin, Sherri Shepherd, Elisa Gabrielli, and will.i.am. It was produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures, and was released on November 7, 2008. Sony VAIO PCG-81111V Battery

The film starts as a prequel, showing a small part of Alex's early life, including his capture by hunters. It soon moves to shortly after the point where the original left off, with the animals deciding to return to New York. They board an airplane in Madagascar, but crash-land in Africa, Sony VAIO PCG-81212M Battery

where each of the central characters meets others of the same species; Alex is reunited with his parents. Problems arise, and their resolution occupies much of the remainder of the film.

The film won the 2009 Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Animated Movie.[2] The film was released posthumously after the death of Bernie Mac who voices "Zuba The Lion." Sony VAIO PCG-81212V Battery

The movie reads: For our friend Bernie Mac, thanks for all the laughterin the final credits.

As a cub, Alex the Lion was called Alakay and was the son of Zuba (voiced by Bernie Mac), the alpha lion. Though Zuba tries to teach Alakay to be a hunter, the cub is more interested in dancing, and is captured by poachers when Makunga (voiced by Alec Baldwin), Sony VAIO PCG-51111M Battery

Zuba's rival, challenges Zuba to a fight for the position of alpha lion. Alakay is forced into a crate, and taken away despite Zuba's attempts to rescue him. The crate falls into the ocean where it drifts to New York. There, Alakay is renamed Alex and sent to the Central Park Zoo where he grew up, Sony VAIO VPCS13X9E/B battery

meeting Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, and Gloria the Hippopotamus. The events of the first film are then described through a series of news flashes.

In the present time, Alex the Lion (voiced by Ben Stiller), Marty the Zebra (voiced by Chris Rock), Melman the Giraffe (voiced by David Schwimmer), Sony VAIO VPCS12V9E/B battery

Gloria the Hippopotamus (voiced by Jada Pinkett Smith), the Penguins Skipper (voiced by Tom McGrath), Kowalski (voiced by Chris Miller), Private (voiced by Christopher Knights), and Rico (voiced by John DiMaggio), the Chimpanzees Mason (voiced by Conrad Vernon) and Phil, and even the Lemurs King Julien (voiced by Sacha Baron Cohen), Sony VAIO VPCS12V9E/B battery

Maurice (voiced by Cedric the Entertainer), and Mort (voiced by Andy Richter) board a repaired airplane to fly back to New York. The plane takes off, but crash-lands in continental Africa. In Africa the animals are amazed to find more of their kind. Alex is reunited with Zuba and his mother. Sony VAIO VPCF13M8E/B battery

Marty fits in with a herd of zebra who all look and sound exactly like him. Hypochondriac Melman becomes a witch doctor. Gloria, attracts the attention of a smooth-talking hippo named Moto Moto (voiced by will.i.am).

Meanwhile, the penguins set about repairing the plane. Sony VAIO VPCF13Z0E/B battery

They carjack several jeeps under "Operation Tourist Trap", leaving the tourists stranded in the jungle. Nana (voiced by Elisa Gabrielli), a tough old woman known for beating up Alex in the first film, takes charge of the group ("We are Survivors!").

Unfortunately, life in Africa is not as wonderful as it first seemed. Sony VAIO VPCM13M1E/L battery

Makunga, still determined to take the position of alpha lion, reminds Zuba that Alex must complete a traditional coming-of-age challenge that he did not complete. Alex, thinking that the challenge is a dance contest (it is actually a fight) competes against the strongest lion, Teetsi (voiced by Fred Tatasciore) who was recommended by Makunga and loses quickly.Sony VAIO VPCM13M1E/W battery

To avoid banishing his own son for failing, Zuba relinquishes his title as Alpha lion. Makunga immediately takes the position and ousts Alex and his family. Marty, meanwhile, begins to feel upset because there is nothing unique about him. Melman is happy until he learns that he has the same symptoms that apparently caused the previous witch doctor to die. Sony VAIO VPCF22M1E battery

Melman is also forlorn about Gloria dating Moto Moto, as Melman has secretly loved her for a long time. Gloria goes on a date with Moto Moto and quickly realizes that he only loves her for her large body.

The next day, the animals panic when the watering hole dries up. Sony VAIO VPCF11M1E/H battery

Determined to make up for his earlier failure, Alex and Marty leave the reserve to investigate. They discover that the stranded New Yorkers, under the instruction of Nana, have dammed up the river and built a primitive civilization. Alex is captured by a trap, forcing Marty to abandon him to seek help. Sony VAIO VPCF13M0E/B battery

Meanwhile, Zuba hears from Makunga what Alex did and goes to assist him.

Back on the reserve, King Julien suggests that the animals offer a sacrifice in the volcano, Mount Kilimanjaro, to appease the water gods. Believing that he will die soon, Melman volunteers to be sacrificed. Sony VAIO VPCYB2M1E battery

Gloria stops him just in time and Marty arrives to tell them about Alex. The trio, the penguins, and several chimpanzees use the newly-fixed plane to execute a rescue.

However, Alex has already managed to rescue both himself and his father by dancing for the New Yorkers, who fondly remember him from the zoo. Sony VAIO VPCYB3V1E battery

The other animals arrive to pick them up with the plane (redesigned as a helicopter), and together they all destroy the dam, freeing the water.

Meanwhile, back at the volcano, Mort turns up after being chased through the jungle by a shark. Sony VAIO VPCY11M1E battery

The shark falls into the volcano, completing the sacrifice (Maurice says "I hope the gods like seafood.") and causing King Julien to think that he brought back the water.

As the watering hole fills, Makunga angrily makes a stand for control. However, Alex manages to remove Makunga from power by tricking Nana into attacking him. Sony VAIO VPCS12L9E/B battery

Zuba gives the alpha position to Alex, but Alex refuses, resulting in both father and son becoming co-leaders.

The movie ends as Skipper marries a bobble-head hula doll from the plane and leaves on a honeymoon in Monte Carlo with the chimpanzees, and a huge tub of diamonds and gold, Sony VAIO VPCF11S1E/B battery

leaving Alex, Marty, Melman, Gloria and The Lemurs to happily remain in Africa with Alex's parents.

The film received generally mixed to positive reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes reported that 64% of critics gave the film a positive review, based on 146 reviews, Sony VAIO VPCYB3V1E/R Battery

with the consensus view that the film was "an improvement on the original, with more fleshed-out characters, crisper animation and more consistent humor," and with an average rating of 5.9/10.[3] Another review aggregator, Metacritic classified the film into the "generally favorable reviews" category with 61/100 approval rating based on 24 reviews, also a bit higher a score than the original.[4] Sony VAIO VPCF23P1E Battery

Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune stated in his review that the film "goes easy on the pop culture jokes, I should clarify: one of the smarter things in the script is how Alex, who digs his Bob Fosse and Jerome Robbins dance moves, becomes the film's primary pop-cult gag."Sony VAIO VPCF23N1E Battery

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Timesgave the film 3 stars and wrote "This is a brighter, more engaging film than the original Madagascar.[6] Steven D. Greydanus complained the film's plot was similar to The Lion KingJoe Vs. The Volcano, and Happy FeetSony VAIO VPCY21S1E/L Battery

Carrie Rickey of the Philadelphia Inquirer gave the film 2 stars and wrote "Take the flat tire that was Madagascar. Retread it with The Lion King storyline. Pump it up with air. Now you have Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa."[8] John Anderson gave the film 3½ approval rating and stated "Madagascar 2: Escape to AfricaSony VAIO VPCY21S1E/G battery

the sequel to the enormously successful DreamWorks adventure and a film that hews close to the wholeLion King/species-as-destiny/self-fulfillment paradigm."Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (also known simply as Madagascar 3) is a 2012 American 3D computer-animatedcomedy film, produced by DreamWorks Animation, and distributed by Paramount Pictures.Sony VAIO VPCF24M1E battery

It is the third installment of theseries, following Madagascar and Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, and it is the first film in the series to be released in 3D. The film is directed by Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath and Conrad Vernon. The film's world premiere was at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2012. Sony VAIO VPCS118EC Battery

Released on June 8, 2012, it is the best-reviewed Madagascar film in the series, with a 75% "Certified Fresh" approval rating from the review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes.[5] It also became a box office success with a worldwide gross of over $500 million.

The story continues from the events of the second film. Sony VAIO VPCS119FJ/B Battery

Alex (Ben Stiller) has a nightmare about himself and his friends still stranded in Africa and finding they have all gotten old. Awaking from his dream, Alex suggests to Marty (Chris Rock), Melman (David Schwimmer), and Gloria (Jada Pinkett Smith) that they should go to Monte Carlo to get the penguins to fly them back to New York City, which they agree to. Sony VAIO VPCS119GC Battery

In Monte Carlo, the penguins and the two chimpanzees, Mason and Phil, disguising as the King of Versailles, keep winning in gambling until Alex's gang's attempt to reach them blunders and sparks chaos in the Hotel De Paris. The hotel security calls Monaco Animal Control officer Captain Chantel DuBois (Frances McDormand) to deal with the animals. Sony VAIO VPCS11AFJ Battery

But rather than capture them alive, DuBois desires their heads, mainly Alex's, as trophies. During a high-speed chase between the relentless DuBois and the animals in a truck driven by the penguins to reach their aircraft that was from the second film, the animals barely manage to elude her. Sony VAIO VPCS11AGJ Battery

In the skies of France, the plane's engines fail and the plane crashes into a suburban rail yard as the authorities close in. Seeing their only chance of escape is on a circus train, the four larger animals desperately claim that they are circus animals themselves, which convinces circus mates Stefano the sea lion (Martin Short) Sony VAIO VPCS11AHJ Battery

and Gia the jaguar (Jessica Chastain) to let them in despite the protests of Vitaly the tiger (Bryan Cranston). The animals soon learn from Stefano that they are performing in Rome and London, where they plan to impress a promoter to get them on their first American tour. Sony VAIO VPCS11AVJ Battery

Before the zoo animals' claim is discredited, the penguins suddenly appear with a deal to purchase the circus themselves, resulting in the pleased departure of all the humans. Meanwhile, Julien (Sacha Baron Cohen) falls in love with Sonya the bear (Frank Welker) and goes on a city tour across Sony VAIO VPCS11J7E/B Battery

Rome while the others prepare for the performance at the Colosseum. Unfortunately, to the zoo animals' horror, the circus proves to be so terrible, the angered audience demands refunds, right to going to the point of chasing the circus to the departing train to London.

En route to London, the zoo gang is in despair of having wasted their money on the failing circus and not any closer to getting home. Sony VAIO VPCS11M1E/W Battery

Stefano soon reveals to Alex that Vitaly was once their inspiration. Once a professional ring jumper who used to leap through incrementally smaller flaming hoops to excite crowds and was always pushing himself to the limit, his attempt at an impossible jump through a flaming pinkie ring ended in disaster when he burned his fur, Sony VAIO VPCS11V9E Battery

which he had coated in extra virgin, and flammable, olive oil in order to slip through the narrow opening, destroying his confidence in his talent and the whole circus suffered by his example. An inspired Alex then has the train make a stop in the Alpsand convinces the performers to rework their act to Sony VAIO VPCS11V9E/B Battery

become the opposite of the successful human-only Cirque du Soleil as an animal-only circus. Heartened by Alex's vision, the zoo animals and the circus animals develop sophisticated acts together and becoming closer friends in the process, especially Alex and Gia who find themselves falling in love. Sony VAIO VPCS11X9E/B Battery

Meanwhile, DuBois is arrested & detained in Rome after causing problems with the local police officers while chasing the animals out of her jurisdiction when attempting to get to the Coliseum the very night they'd been in Rome, but escapes and researches Alex on the Internet, learning he was the missing lion from the zoo in New York. Sony VAIO VPCS123FGB Battery

Once free, DuBois recruits her injured men and heads toward the Alps, forcing the animals to proceed to London despite incomplete rehearsals. In London, the troupe prepares for the promoter in the audience, but Vitaly is discovered packing to leave. Despite the tiger's hostility to him, Sony VAIO VPCS125EC Battery

Alex convinces Vitaly to stay by reminding him of how he enjoys performing the impossible and suggests that he uses hair conditioner as a safer lubricant to perform his flaming ring jump. As a result, Vitaly's stunt is performed perfectly, which proves to be the opening of a spectacularly successful show. Sony VAIO VPCS128EC Battery

After the impressed promoter arranges for an American tour, DuBois shows up with a paper showing that Alex was missing. Though the penguins are able to foil DuBois's plan to capture Alex, the lion is forced to confess that the four of them are just zoo animals trying to get home, Sony VAIO VPCS129GC Battery

disappointing the others who feel used by these lying amateurs who could have gotten them killed developing and performing their new acts.

Finally, both the ashamed zoo animals and the circus arrive in New York City. However, Gia, Vitaly and Stephano find that even after learning the truth about Alex's gang, Sony VAIO VPCS12C7E/B Battery

they are ready to forgive their new friends without whom their lives and performances feel woefully incomplete. Likewise, the zoo group and Julien finally arrive at the gates of the closed Central Park Zoo, only to realize that their time outside had changed them too much for them to return to captivity. Sony VAIO VPCS12L9E/B Battery

Unfortunately, they are then tranquilized and captured by DuBois. The zoo staff, delighted by Alex's reappearance, thank DuBois, incorrectly believing that she was trying to return the missing animals. Unnoticed, Julien manages to reach the circus (despite being darted by DuBois) and the penguins realize that the group had been ambushed. Sony VAIO VPCS12V9E/B Battery

Upon learning about the zoo animals' plight, Gia and Vitaly convince the circus animals to rescue their friends and they set out for the zoo, performing aboard a flying circus, with the rescue mission dubbed "Operation: Afro Circus Rescue."

Meanwhile at the zoo, Alex awakens to find that he along with Marty, Sony VAIO VPCY115FGS Battery

Melman, and Gloria are in their enclosures, surrounded by tall chain-link fences to keep them from escaping again. DuBois steps on stage to receive a million-dollar check of appreciation from the zoo, but at the same time secretly loads a poison-filled dart into a gun which she hides inside a foam finger in preparation to kill Alex. Sony VAIO VPCY115FX/BI Battery

The circus animals arrive in time to stop her and a massive brawl occurs where the circus uses all of what they had developed as part of their revamped act. As the group tries to leave, DuBois attempts to kill Stefano, who is stranded at the zoo. However, Alex saves Stefano and all the animals then defeat DuBois and escape. Sony VAIO VPCY115FXBI Battery

Realizing that they truly belong with their new friends, Alex and his friends decide to join the circus permanently. With the circus reunited, the animals all happily proceed with their American tour. Meanwhile DuBois and her men find themselves, oddly enough just like Alex and his friends in the first film, Sony VAIO VPCY118EC Battery

inside crates on a cargo ship bound for the island of Madagascar.

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted has received positive reviews from critics. Based on 85 reviews, the film currently holds a "Certified Fresh" rating of 75% on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, with an average rating of 6.7/10. Sony VAIO VPCY118GX/BI Battery

The site's critical consensus reads "Dazzlingly colorful and frenetic, Madagascar 3 is silly enough for young kids, but boasts enough surprising smarts to engage parents along the way."[5] This marks the best general review consensus of the film series that has showed improving critical favor with the original film having an score of 55%,Sony VAIO VPCY119FJ/S Battery

and the sequel scoring 64%.[14] On Metacritic, it currently holds a score of 59 out of 100, based on 24 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews."[15]

Lisa Kennedy of The Denver Post gave the film 3.5 out of 4 stars and said, "From time to time the improbable occurs: A sequel outdoes its original."[16] Sony VAIO VPCY11AFJ Battery

Colin Covert of Star Tribune said that Madagascar 3 set a high standard for cartoon comedy and was almost too good for kids. He gave it 3.5 out of 4 stars.[17]

Giving the film 3.5 out of 5 stars, Betsy Sharkey of Los Angeles Times said, "A neon-saturated, Sony VAIO VPCY11AGJ Battery

high-flying trapeze act with enough frenetic funny business that it's a wonder the folks behind this zillion-dollar franchise about zoo critters on the lam didn't send the animals to the circus sooner."[18]

Stephen Witty of the Newark Star-Ledger calls the movie "fun and fast family entertainment. [...] the animals' jazzy circus performance, Sony VAIO VPCY11AHJ Battery

done in black-lightcolors and set to a Katy Perry song — may be one of the trippiest scenes in a mainstream kiddie movie since Dumbo saw those pink elephants."[19]Michael Dequina of TheMovieReport.com said the franchise "finally—and, to be frank, very unexpectedly—breaks from pleasantly watchable kid-friendly mediocrity to visually imaginative, consistently witty all-ages entertainment."[20] Sony VAIO VPCY11AVJ Battery

During the week preceding Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted's release, there were many contradicting opinions on whether it would out-gross Prometheus during its simultaneous release. Sony VAIO VPCY11M1E/S Battery

As of June 6, 2012, Fandango reported that Prometheus was leading with 42% of daily sales, while Madagascar 3 was responsible for 35% of daily sales. Additionally, the online tracking for Prometheus surged with each new piece of promotional footage.[21] However, pre-release tracking is usually less reliable for animated films; Sony VAIO VPCY11S1E Battery

since Madagascar 3 was the first truly family-oriented film of the summer, many speculated that there would be large demand for it.[22] The official DreamWorks Animation and Paramount prediction placed Madagascar 3 at about $45 million, while 20th Century Fox predicted around $30 million for Prometheus.[23] Sony VAIO VPCY11V9E/S Battery

As the weekend came closer, pre-release audience surveys suggested a $55 million debut for Madagascar 3 and $50-$55 million forPrometheus.[24] Madagascar 3 also had the advantage of a wider release (4,258 theaters against 3,394 theaters for Prometheus). Furthermore, the R rating of the latter was also considered a limiting obstacle.[25] Sony VAIO VPCY218EC/BI Battery

The film has grossed $209,709,815 in North America, and $291,500,000 in other countries, as of July 30, 2012, for a worldwide total of $501,209,815.[4]

In North America, the film made $20.7 million on its opening day, which was higher than the opening day grosses of the original film ($13.9 million) and itssequel ($17.6 million). Sony VAIO VPCY218EC/G Battery

For its opening weekend, the film ranked at the #1 spot, beating Prometheus, with $60.3 million, which was more than the original film's $47.2 million, but less than the sequel's $63.1 million.[27] It remained at the #1 spot for two consecutive weekends.[28]

Outside North America, on its opening weekend, Madagascar 3 topped the box office with $77.3 million from 28 countries. Sony VAIO VPCY218EC/L Battery

It was in first place for three consecutive weekends.[30][31] Its three highest-grossing openings occurred in Russia and the CIS ($15.7 million), China ($10.4 million) and Brazil ($10.1 million in 5 days). It set an opening-day record for animated films in Russia, with $3.7 million, and became the highest-grossing animated film and the third highest-grossing film of all time,Sony VAIO VPCY218EC/P Battery

earning more than $48 million.[34] It also set an opening-weekend record for any film in Argentina with $3.80 million[35](surpassed by Ice Age: Continental Drift)[36] and it set opening-weekend records for animated films in Brazil, Venezuela, Trinidad,[37] and the United Arab Emirates. Sony VAIO VPCY21S1E/L Battery

Tom McGrath explained in an interview that the intention of Madagascar was not to take a political stance on whether "zoos are bad and the wild is better, or that the wild is bad", but to show "the most extreme 'fish out of water' story that [they] could do".McGrath stated "the basic irony to the story is that, Sony VAIO VPCY21S1E/P Battery

you think animals do belong in the wild, but if they're so accustomed to civility, they wouldn't know where food even came from", and the animals were meant to "love the zoo and to love where they are because they've got" 5,000 square feet (460 m2) "right off Fifth Avenue".[1] Sony VAIO VPCY21S1E/SI Battery

McGrath also described, during the research of Madagascar, they "found these crazy, weird animals that were already cartoons in their own right."

Alakay "Alex" is a lion and the main protagonist of the films. He is voiced by Ben Stiller in the film series and by Wally Wingert in the games. Sony VAIO VPCCW2AHJ Battery

Alex is headstrong, the de facto leader of his friends and is best friends with Marty (Zebra). He is used to the life of comfort in the zoo, but learns to adapt to the wild. He's smart, quick thinking and fast on his feet. He is a dancer by nature, often impressing others with his aerobatic feats. Sony VAIO VPCCW2S1E Battery

He does tend to be a little self-absorbed, often not seeing the problems of others above his own.

Alex enjoys his life at the zoo, and is surprised when hearing Marty's wish to leave and live in the wild. As a cub, Alex was born on an African wildlife reserve and named Alakay. Sony VAIO VPCCW2S1E/B Battery

He was the son of the alpha lion, Zuba, and was constantly given lessons on hunting, though he displayed no interest in the activity. During one of the sessions, Alex was captured by poachers, but the crate he was contained in fell into a river and eventually floated to New York. Sony VAIO VPCCW2S1E/L Battery

He is found by humans and taken to the Central Park Zoo. InMadagascar, after Marty (Alex's best friend) leaves in an effort to take a train to the wild, Alex, Gloria, and Melman pursue him and are shot with tranquilizer darts by humans. The animal-rights activists pressure the zoo into releasing them back into the wild, but on the ship to the preserve, Sony VAIO VPCCW2S1E/P Battery

Alex and his friends fall into the ocean. They wash ashore on Madagascar, and, while Marty is excited to be free, Alex wishes to go home. He grows very hungry after days of being unable to eat, not realizing that steak is animal flesh. Hunger drives Alex into a crazed state, and after almost killing Marty in hunger Sony VAIO VPCCW2S1E/R Battery

(by biting him on the butt when he thought it was a piece of steak), in a moment of lucidity, he goes into self-imposed exile, barricading himself in the fossa territory of the island. Marty pursues him, unwilling to leave his friend, but is attacked by the fossa, the native predators of Madagascar. Sony VAIO VPCCW2S1E/W Battery

Alex works to defend Marty, and is later given sushi by the penguins to satiate his hunger.

In Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Alex encounters his parents, Zuba and Florrie, who are overjoyed to see their son and in the end, he becomes co-alpha lion alongside his father. Sony VAIO VPCCW2S5C CN1 Battery

Zuba assumes Alex is strong after hearing he is the "king" of New York and arranges a rite of passage into the pride. Makunga, Zuba's rival, persuades Alex to challenge Teetsi during the Alex's rite of passage. Teetsi was revealed to be a bulky, strong lion and Alex is quickly defeated by him. Sony VAIO VPCF112FX/B Battery

To keep from banishing Alex, Zuba transfers his control to Makunga, and in turn, he, Florrie, and Alex are banished. Zuba soon grows unaccepting of Alex after realizing he is not a fierce warrior. The next day, the watering hole is shown to be dried up and Alex leaves with Marty to find out the cause. Sony VAIO VPCF115FG/B Battery

They leave the safety of the reserve, prompting Zuba to follow Alex and bring him back. Alex discovers that the stranded New Yorkers had created a dam, and through the use of dancing, he is recognized by the attacking New Yorkers. With the help of others, the dam is destroyed and they return to the preserve. Sony VAIO VPCF116FGBI Battery

His father learns to respect his habits, and they remain in Africa instead of flying home with the penguins. In The Penguins of Madagascar in a Christmas Caper, a stuffed animal Alex is seen briefly and its head is quickly dismembered by Nana's toy poodle, Mr. Chew. Alex has small cameos with his friend celebrating Christmas and singing a version of "Jingle Bells".Sony VAIO VPCF117FJ/W Battery

The fact that Alex loses the challenge to Teetsi and is spanked by Nana in Madagascar gives him the impression he is a horrible fighter, but this is not true, because (in the Nana case), she only gets Alex by surprise, but was more visible when in Madagascar 2, he has a short, but equilibrated fight against Nana. Sony VAIO VPCF117HG/BI Battery

Alex is shown to have a superhuman level of interior physical strength, seeing that he broke the zoo's public telephone, and lifts Melman, Marty and Gloria with relative ease.

Alex made another appearance in "The Return of the Revenge of Dr. Blowhole." Wally Wingert reprises his role from the video games. Sony VAIO VPCF118FJ/W Battery

In the show, he appeared as a hallucination "spirit guide" to help Skipper, whose memories had been stolen by the evil Dr. Blowhole. At first, Skipper thought he was very talkative and annoying, but soon he accepted his guidance, especially when he had to face Blowhole when he got back to New York City. Sony VAIO VPCF119FC Battery


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