Madagascar

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MAD for Madagascar

by vndgrace@adelphia.net on 3/25/2007

I haven't been able to sit and watch this in it's entirety,but my husband loves this movie and I got it as a joke anniversary gift for him. Whenever he finds it on tv he stops to watch it. He quotes movie lines to people about it. He and my son giggle over certain references and apply it back to the movie. I too enjoyed it, but not as fanatically as my husband.

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What a fun movie!!!

by JR on 8/13/2012

Another great animation by universal. I love these characters and our son just loves seeing all the zoo animals. The plot is awesome and keeps you wondering where they are going. I recommend this video to anyone of all ages especially children that love zoo animals. Great movie!!!

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Product Overview

The friendship between a New York City lion and zebra is tested when fate brings them out to the unforgiving wilderness in this computer-animated DreamWorks feature. Chris Rock does the voice of Marty the Zebra, whose longing to explore beyond his cushy Central Park Zoo boundaries is the impetus that ultimately strands him and his pals on the shores of savage Madagascar. Marty loves the new, edible scenery, but his best friend Alex (voiced by Ben Stiller) the Lion begins to starve since his diet of thick steaks has been cut off, and the rump of his friend starts to look mighty tasty. Their other friends, a hypochondriac giraffe (David Schwimmer) and a sassy hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith), try their best to think of a solution as the call of the wild slowly turns the starving Alex into Marty's worst nightmare. Meanwhile the hilariously self-aggrandizing King of the Ocelots (Sacha Cohen) has a plan to use Marty to repel their own carnivore problem. This kid-oriented comedy stays adult-friendly every step of the way thanks to a clever script that mixes New Yorker humor and even some existentialism in with the pratfalls and spit-takes. Jolts of comedic brilliance are supplied by some Arctic-bound escaped con penguins, and a couple of literary apes. It's not a musical, but classic songs from the likes of Louis Armstrong and Sammy Davis Jr. keep the montages flowing loose and sassy.

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Studio Dreamworks (Universal)
SKU 40723886
UPC 678149456622
UPC 14 00678149456622
Format DVD
Release Date 4/10/2012
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Actors
Name Stiller,Ben
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Directors
Name Eric Darnell
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Name Tom McGrath
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Cast & Crew
Ben Stiller - Voice Of
Chris Rock - Voice Of
Clare De Chenu, et. al. - Editor
David Schwimmer - Voice Of
Eric Darnell, et. al. - Director
Hans Zimmer, et. al. - Original Music By
Jada Pinkett Smith - Voice Of
Mark Burton, et. al. - Writer
Teresa Cheng, et. al. - Producer
Awards
People's Choice (2006) Madagascar, Nominee, Favorite Family Movie
Reviews
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review Eventually, it had to happen: a computer-animated dud. It's surprising it has taken this long, and we have been spoiled by the high quality of the product, with such winning titles as Toy Story, Shrek, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and others. But, with the death of traditional animation and the proliferation of titles in this arena, a slip in quality was inevitable. Thus far, 2005 has seen two of these movies: Robots and Madagascar. And, although Robots was mediocre entertainment, Madagascar slips a notch below that.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review From their earliest days when Mickey Mouse was still in black and white, cartoons have created a divide between animals who are animals and animals who are human -- or, if not human in the sense that Paris Hilton is human, then at least human in the sense that they speak, sing, have personalities and are voiced by actors like Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer and Jada Pinkett Smith...Now comes "Madagascar," an inessential but passably amusing animated comedy that has something very tricky going on. What happens if the human side of a cartoon animal is only, as they say, a veneer of civilization? Consider Alex the Lion. In the Central Park Zoo, he's a star, singing "New York, New York" and looking forward to school field trips because he likes to show off for his audiences...The movie is much too safe to follow its paradoxes to their logical conclusion, and that's probably just as well. The problem, though, is that once it gets them to the wild, it doesn't figure out what to do with them there, and the plot seems to stall. "Madagascar" is funny, especially at the beginning, and good-looking in a retro cartoon way, but in a world where the stakes have been raised by "Finding Nemo," "Shrek" and "The Incredibles," it's a throwback to a more conventional kind of animated entertainment. It'll be fun for the smaller kids, but there's not much crossover appeal for their parents.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Eventually, it had to happen: a computer-animated dud. It's surprising it has taken this long, and we have been spoiled by the high quality of the product, with such winning titles as Toy Story, Shrek, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and others. But, with the death of traditional animation and the proliferation of titles in this arena, a slip in quality was inevitable. Thus far, 2005 has seen two of these movies: Robots and Madagascar. And, although Robots was mediocre entertainment, Madagascar slips a notch below that...Madagascar will make money because parents are always on the look-out for "safe" family films, and, in general, animated fare meets that criterion. The problem here is that, while there's nothing offensive about this movie, it's not especially entertaining. I often gauge how compelling a motion picture is by how many times I glance at my watch. With Madagascar, that number was higher than it should be for a film with such a short (85-minute) running length. With so many other options available at this time of the year, my advice is to give this movie a pass in theaters and rent it when it's available on video. At least then, if you or the kids get bored through the long stretches in which nothing happens, the fast-forward button is close at hand.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby Surround Sound, Documentary, Commentary, Game, English, French, Spanish Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Andy Richter / Ben Stiller / Cedric the Entertainer / Chris Rock / David Schwimmer / Jada Pinkett Smith / Stiller,Ben
Composer Hans Zimmer
Director Eric Darnell / Tom McGrath
Label Dreamworks Pictures
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Claudia Puig, USA Today ...the gags are funny and the characters endearing.
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly ...the images have a brighter-than-life vivacity.
Andrew Osmond, Sight and Sound MADAGASCAR offers plenty of amusement...
Joel Siegel, Good Morning America A great family fun...wonderfully funny!
Kimberley Jones, Austin Chronicle Forget life lessons: I much prefer a lemur king doing the robot.
Peter Debruge, Premiere ...a brisk and lively getaway with genuine personality.
Richard Corliss, Time Savvy family entertainment.
Robert Wilonsky, Dallas Observer It's bright and spry, giggly and bouncy, but also cuddly...

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