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Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa [DVD]

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  • Actors: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen
  • Directors: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath
  • Format: PAL
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 6 April 2009
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (214 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001L1RDVQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,320 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In this sequel to Madagascar, all of the loveable characters are back - Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Glori a the hippo, King Julien, Maurice and the penguins. They find themselves in the wildest place of all - the vast plains of Africa - w here our zoo-raised crew encounter species of their own kind for the very first time. While discovering their roots, they quickly fi nd the differences between the concrete jungle and the heart of Africa. Despite long-lost relatives, romantic rivals and scheming hu nters, Africa seems like a great place.

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The sequel to the animated movie Madagascar gives more of everything audiences loved in the first movie: More of the penguins; more of Julian, king of the lemurs; more musical bits of classic rock; and many, many more lions, zebras, hippos, and giraffes. In the first film, a quartet of coddled zoo animals found themselves shipwrecked on the island of Madagascar in a misguided effort to return them to the wild. InMadagascar: Escape 2 Africa, a failed attempt to fly back to New York maroons Alex the lion (voiced by Ben Stiller), Marty the zebra (Chris Rock), Gloria the hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith), and Melman the giraffe (David Schwimmer) in an animal preserve on the African continent, accompanied by the four deranged penguins and the lunatic lemur king (deliriously voiced by Sacha Baron Cohen, Borat). By wild coincidence, this is where Alex was born--and where his father is still the alpha lion, and where his malevolent uncle seeks to take over (let's call this an homage to The Lion King). The other beasts have their own story arcs, but really it's all an excuse for daffy comic bits. Though the result is disposable, it's also entirely entertaining. The action sequences pop with dizzying spectacle; though some jokes are mainstream fodder, more often they're surprisingly quirky and engagingly oddball. This is the best kind of cotton candy filmmaking--it dissolves into nothing, but it's oh-so-sweet to the taste. --Bret Fetzer

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By O E J 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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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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By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Aug. 2009
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`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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