Madagascar 2 - Escape to Africa 2008

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All the loveable characters are back - Alex the Lion (Ben Stiller), Marty the Zebra (Chris Rock), Melman the Giraffe (David Schwimmer), Gloria the Hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith), King Julien (Sacha Baron Cohen), Maurice (Cedric the Entertainer) and the Penguins - in Madagascar 2: The Crate Escape. Left marooned on the distant shores of Madagascar, the New yorkers have hatched a plan so crazy it might just work! With military precision, the penguins have repaired the old crashed plane - sort of! Once aloft, this unlikely crew stays airborne just enough to make it to the wildest place of all - the vast plains of Africa itself! Can the zoo-raised crew survive in the wilderness?

Starring:
Tommy 'Tiny' Lister, Chris Rock
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 1 hour 26 minutes
Starring Tommy 'Tiny' Lister, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jada Pinkett Smith, Cedric the Entertainer, Ben Stiller
Director Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath
Genres Comedy
Studio PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 6 April 2009
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 1 hour 26 minutes
Starring Tommy 'Tiny' Lister, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jada Pinkett Smith, Cedric the Entertainer, Ben Stiller
Director Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath
Genres Comedy
Studio PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 6 April 2009
Main languages English
Subtitles Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Dutch, French, English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By OEJ TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Dec 2008
Format: DVD
Well I must have seen the first Madagascar film at least twenty times (or heard it in the background) so maybe I prefer this new one because it's different, I don't know, but my children (5 & 8) thought it was a riot and to be honest so did I. Whether it's better or not though, one thing I am quite sure about is that this is a great film for kids and the parents will be laughing almost non-stop too.

Behind the wise-cracks and inevitable mayhem there are some issues to think about, such as the importance of water for animals in the African desert, the rite of passage that a lion goes through within its pride, and I suppose shyness and insecurity and how to deal with these in a would-be relationship. You could say that in their different ways the four friends (the lion, the hippo, the zebra and the giraffe) go through differing challenges relating to their own identities now that, for the first time, they are back in their natural territory among hundreds of similar creatures.

From start to finish though the film's main purpose is to amuse and to entertain and it does that very successfully. Given its main target age group it can't really be criticised as I am sure children will love it. As far as mine are concerned, they have already asked me to get the DVD and I am confident that it will be repeat-viewed just as the original has been.

A very funny animated film suitable for all ages. My favourite character - and I don't seem to be alone here - is Skipper, the penguin 'boss'.

UPDATE 8th April 2009 : Just bought the DVD and watched it again with my children, I haven't changed my mind about it and nor have they. They were laughing throughout. I can now see the similarity with the Lion King better than I did before, but M2 is still more entertaining for children and of course a whole lot funnier.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Aug 2009
Format: Blu-ray
`Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa` is pretty much your typical animation. Following the format of the first film this has plenty of fun and humour for the kids, as well as some `in jokes' and touches to keep the adults entertained and well. This film follows the same group of animals as they try to return to New York from Madagascar and end up returning to their roots in Africa instead. You get the same great cast doing the voice overs from the first film and some extra voice talent to compliment them. You may also be glad to hear the penguins are still there in all their evil, brooding glory and the Lemur King Julian manages to hitch a ride as well. In fact King Julian comes out with some of the best lines in the film. The animation is ok, not as good as other films I`ve seen but still credible and solid competition to films released by the Pixar studio. The music is pretty good as well. You can also watch this as stand alone film if you haven't seen the first film as some back story is supplied. This is light hearted and fun, about all that it sets out to be and if you enjoyed the first film or are a fan of animation in general then this is well worth checking out.

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Madagascar 2 is a movie with a moral - accept your friends and family for who they are. As such, it's in good company; more and more of these animated family films contain similar messages (not least the Shrek trilogy), although where the original film focused on the friendships between the animals, this is more concerned with families and partners (with some hilarious couples forming!) Yes it pushes the message a bit hard, and yes, it's a bit trite in places, but there are some moments of comedy genius which more than counter that. The penguins are as brilliantly evil as ever, the monkies aren't quite as good, although the bit where they form a trade union and demand maternity leave (even though they're all male) is quite amusing. We also see the return of the batty old woman from the original film, this time leading her own tribe of lost tourists, although I think there was a bit of overkill with her character: once you get that the 'frail' little old lady could flatten Jackie Chan with her left-hook, there's really nowhere left to go. King Julian doesn't get the same screen-time that he did in the original, nor the little bug-eyed one that follows him around and I fail to see the logic behind a great white shark finding its way into the middle of the savannah. There's also a faint ecological message hidden in there somewhere; some damning (pun intended) commentary on the impact humans have on the wildlife around them when they alter habitats to suit their needs and whims. I just can't shake the nagging feeling that this is a poor man's Lion King with a few laughs thrown in; but the penguins make up for a lot, and it well deserves its 4* rating for them alone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. J. E. Lee on 1 May 2009
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My grandson who is 4years old had already got the first Madagascar DVD so for Easter this year I bought him Madagascar Escape 2 Africa, he watches it everyday along with his father & anyone else who is present. He laughs out loud at certain parts and always sits engrossed thoughout the whole of the DVD.

I would certainly recommend this to anyone with children as it is a very good film - funny in parts and sensitive in others. There is nothing in it to be deemed offensive and is just good family viewing.
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