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Move it! Move it! for Madagascar, the #1 Family Comedy of the Year, from the studio that brought you Shrek and Shark Tale. When four pampered animals from the New York's Central Park Zoo accidentally find themselves shipwrecked on the exotic island of Madagascar, they discover it really IS a jungle out there! Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer and Jada Pinkett Smith headline an all-star cast of hilarious animals, including a quartet of mischievous penguins and legions of lemurs, led by the outrageous King Julien, Madagascar is a roaring good family film that you'll go wild for again and again!

Plus! Before the mission to Madagascar, those zany Penguins stirred up some holiday spirit back at the zoo. Check out the "cute and cuddly" foursome starring in their very own whacked-out film, A Christmas Caper!


Studio Paramount Home Video
SKU 210611985
UPC 097361428444
UPC 14 00097361428444
Format DVD
Release Date 2/6/2009
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Name Stiller,Ben
Link Search Link
People's Choice (2006) Madagascar, Nominee, Favorite Family Movie
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.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
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.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
Claudia Puig, USA Today ...the gags are funny and the characters endearing.
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.
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly ...the images have a brighter-than-life vivacity.
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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