Chris Rock is fantastic as Marty and David Schwimmer does a brilliant portrayal as whining hypochondriac Melman but the winners in this film for me have to be the penguins.
This movie is laughs all the way and had both myself and my husband in stitches. If you enjoyed Shrek then you’ll love Madagascar too.
What they seem to forget is a plotline, and decent humour. However, Madagascar is a slightly better attempt than previous efforts, thanks to a quirky cast of characters.
The plotline sees the animals leaving Central Park zoo for the Wild, where they meet a bunch of party animals, have a fight with some carnivores, and, erm, that's about it.
There are some quite funny sight gags and slapstick, but most of the one-liners (apart from "the toilets even have free mints!") are bland, and the pop-culture references just boring. Light relief, though, is had by the excellent, scheming penguins, as they try to go to the North Pole - and the pay-off of this sub-plot is the best gag in the movie.
The animation favours stylised cartoon, rather than Pixar-level of detail, so while colourful and quirky, looks a little flash and no substance. A bit like the characters. The promising beginning of actual character arcs never quite fulfilled.
But this is a cartoon? Am I being too harsh? Well, who said cartoons are just for kids - these days, adults should expect to get something out of them too. Just don't expect it from this film. Kids, will love it though, unfortunately!