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:
Ben Stiller, Sacha Baron Cohen
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

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

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By OEJ TOP 100 REVIEWERTOP 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 Torri on 11 July 2012
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I really enjoyed watching this movie. I perfere it to the first madagascar, even though the fist one was pretty funny too. For me this one had a lot more laughs and was overall a lot more enjoyable. If you like this kind of movies - watch this one! :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Templar on 19 Feb 2012
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I did not enjoy the first Madagascar that much. So naturally I was skeptical about this one.

But wrongly so, it would seem.

Where the first film never seemed to go anywhere or be particularly funny, this film removed itself from that with a definitive storyline and developed the characters much better than before. Even the irritating King Julian became an integral part of the fun.

It felt much more like the Dreamworks films I enjoy so much, with their individual style, offering something for adults with subtle humour and references and plenty for the kids with their wonderful animation and great comic timing and slapstick. Infact you might say that the later Dreamworks films are catering even more for the adults watching with their kids.

This Madagascar offers a direct lead on from the first, having the ever resourceful Penguines fix up an old crashed plane, to fly the stranded zoo animals back to New York. They end up crash landing in Africa where they are all originally from, so obviously they all hook up with their native species and find out what like is like in the wild. Alex the lion meets his dad (voiced by the late great Bernie Mac), and accidentally mistakes a fight for a dance contest and gets his family banished, oh, and has to wear a silly hat.

Meanwhile the Penguines hatch a plan to rebuilt the now twice crashed plane by hijacking tour jeeps, with hilarious consequences, the brave granny who beats up Alex the lion in the first film is back, and stranded after her tour jeep is hijacked by the Penguines creates a primitive colony of her own with the other tourists.

It's all very outrageous, and very good fun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. L. Simpson on 18 Feb 2010
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Almost better than the original Madagascar, the characters and story line have been developed and have grown into a fantastic family film with all of the hidden inuendos for the adults that you would expect from a family film. Kind Julian shines in all his Lemur glory and steals the show, although there are many funny lines from all the characters, as you would expect. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By shaz on 19 Jan 2010
Format: Blu-ray
a great film for all ages its funny just the right lenght film so your young ones dont get board
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Customer on 14 Jan 2010
Format: DVD
There back from madagascar. Fantasticly funny. Madagascar was good but this even better. If your wondering what it is about read this escape2africa.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. S. Davies on 8 Dec 2009
Format: DVD
Madagascar 2 is recommended to any one who liked the first film, but better!! You need to see the first film to just to understand the story line. Some adult humour may go over a young one viewing this film,but all in all a good film to watch for the whole family.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Jane W. Wood on 1 Dec 2009
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Madagascar the Crate Escape really funny, brilliant much better than the first one and the price at Amazon just fantastic. Buy it, you won't be disappointed.
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