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Madagascar [DVD] 
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This computer-animated comedy stars four pampered animals from New York's Central Park zoo. Having spent their entire lives in bliss ful captivity, they are in for a shock when they are unexpectedly shipped to Africa and are shipwrecked on the exotic island of Mada gascar!
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
There are really two points of view that matter here; the kid that watches the movie repeatedly and the adult that has to put up with it! On the first account my three year old son has been watching this for at least a year and still loves it. Multiple viewings don't seem to have tarnished it much at all and the opening three minutes still make him giggle with delight.
For me, as the suffering adult, I'd still give it a high rating. The animation is stylish, the casting perfect and the script funny. As has been mentioned in other reviews, the penguins are absolutely classic! I also loved the American Beauty and Planet Of the Apes references. OK, I admit it. I'm a big kid and as such I also give it the thumbs up!
Parents, get this!
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!
The plot is slightly weak, but the animation doesn't sink into 'padding', so it still engages one's attention throughout.
As all reviewers have pointed out, it is the penquins that steal the show. They are simply fantastic. If you are lucky, like me, you will find a copy of the DVD that also has the Penguins' Christmas Caper on it which was recently showed as a short film in cinemas prior to the feature film (I bought my DVD from Wal Mart while in the US last weekend).
The graphics on this film are very well executed (particularly the sheen on the penquins' feathers!).
Do buy this DVD, the kids will love it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good film for children. This can be enjoyed by the family but particularly to children. Funny and likeable film.Published 17 days ago by AT
Classic film for kids and adults. Packed with adventure and laughter all the way throughPublished 2 months ago by Saran Benjamin