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Your favorite castaways are back -- still together and still lost! One of the top movies of the year, DreamWorks Animation's Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is "even better than the first!" (Mark Hyman, FOX-TV). You'll laugh out loud as this outrageous comedy takes you on an African adventure like no other.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 210611981
UPC 097361179148
UPC 14 00097361179148
Format DVD
Release Date 4/10/2012
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Widescreen  1.85:1
Review To a film critic, the mainstream is like a ravenous shark with a defective hypothalamus. As long as Hollywood seeds the entertainment waters with chum, the masses will feed and feed until their dead, lifeless eyes roll back in their head. Examples of this baffling binge and purge are released every year with inexplicable, unexplainable crowd-pleasers like Wild Hogs, Norbit, and Night at the Museum. Now comes Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, the even louder, more obnoxious sequel to Dreamworks' loud, obnoxious CGI original. This is a film about more: more already dated pop culture references, more digitally-rendered eye candy, more abject pandering to a seemingly easy-to-satisfy demographic...Like being beaten over the head with a bag of baby bunnies, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is so relentlessly cutesy-pie it's almost sickening. This is a big screen experience so kid-oriented it should come with a pacifier and a selection of Huggies. It goes for the easy, unimaginative laughs and then barely succeeds at finding said funny business...And this doesn't even begin to address the inappropriate nature of some of the material. The sexualizing of cartoon animals hasn't been this blatant since Bugs Bunny gussied up to seduce Elmer Fudd...Still, if it makes the wee ones happy and keeps their parents at bay, no one will really complain. Madagascar 2 will make money, and the cast will reconvene in a couple of years to make the already unnecessary three-quel. At least there is no questioning the visual approach--the movie looks amazing. As an example of the technological leaps and bounds the genre has experienced, the images are astounding. But this is a movie relying on its wit, not its vistas, to keep audiences interested. In that regard, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa plays it safe. It's the viewer who'll be sorry.
Reviewer Bill Gibron
ReviewRating 6
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Review One reason to lament the existence of Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (which will hereafter be referred to merely as Madagascar 2) is too bemoan the considerable amount of talent that was tied up developing this uninspired sequel when it could have been employed in the service of something fresh and new. As a product - a flashy and shiny bauble lighting up the screen, featuring familiar faces and voices and offering a brief diversion from the real world - Madagascar 2 accomplishes what it sets out to do. The bar isn't that high, but the picture clears it. This movie reminds me of the forgettable Disney animated movies from the immediate pre-Little Mermaid era: creative sinkholes brought to the screen exclusively to provide parents and children with an opportunity to bond over something that's not frightfully bad. If Madagascar 2 is the best Dreamworks can provide to go toe-to-toe with Pixar's beautiful WALL*E, then it's game, set and match to the Disney subsidiary...The IMAX version of Madagascar 2 is being sold as the best way to see the film, and it's no wonder. Whatever faults this movie may have, it is a visual feast and a definite step-up from the disappointing look of its predecessor...It's hard for me to generate much enthusiasm for or against Madagascar 2. It is what it is and it will absorb entertainment-thirsty families the way a parched sponge sucks up water. It's an adequate way to spend 90 minutes with the family and, seen from that perspective, it achieves its aims. However, this is not the kind of animated movie that provides a rich, fulfilling experience for solo, adult viewer. As such, it is more properly labeled a "children's movie" than a "family film." And, like many such films that target less discriminating viewers, it's as forgettable as it is disposable.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
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Video Format DVD
Pat Collins, WWOR-TV You'll love it! Love it!
Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle A nice surprise, surpassing the quality of the first film.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times ...a brighter, more engaging film than the original "Madagascar."
Stephen Cole, The Globe and Mail The rare sequel that is better than the original.
Todd McCarthy, Variety Lively and quite funny...with a number of engaging new characters.

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