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Madagascar (2005)

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55

Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 185
Fresh: 102 | Rotten: 83

Though its story is problematic in spots and its humor is hit-or-miss for the adult crowd, Madagascar boasts impressive visuals and enough spunky charm to keep children entertained.

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Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 43
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 26

Though its story is problematic in spots and its humor is hit-or-miss for the adult crowd, Madagascar boasts impressive visuals and enough spunky charm to keep children entertained.

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Four zoo animals are shipped back to their homeland by an animal rights group that feels they belong in the wild. When the ship capsizes, the animals find themselves stranded in Madagascar. Having had humans care for them their entire life, they know nothing about survival and must work together with the locals to help them fit in.

Nov 15, 2005

$193.1M

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Lame scatalogical gags and worn pop-culture parodies abound, but the CGI animation romp is somewhat redeemed by the scene-stealing appearances of several supporting characters.

September 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Lame scatalogical gags and worn pop-culture parodies abound, but the CGI animation romp is somewhat redeemed by the scene-stealing appearances of several supporting characters.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The tenor can be shrill, but there's no time to get bored. And on top of that, most of the gags actually work.

September 26, 2005 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Lacking any meat on its bones, ['Madagascar'] is a cartoon about nothing. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

June 1, 2005 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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It paints itself into a very bizarre corner because at first, they are all friends and then all of a sudden they revert to being more like real animals. How do you do that and make it funny? Well, you don't.

May 31, 2005 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper | Comments (3)
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Madagascar is great good fun, not only because the filmmakers have enlisted some wonderful voice talent but also because the visuals truly are marvelous.

May 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Very much in the tradition of Looney Tunes and Termite Terrace.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

A foursome of digitally animated zoo animals escape the inner city confines of Manhattan's Central Park Zoo in search of freedom that's not be all it's cracked up to be in this well-defined children's comedy.

April 16, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

The character design is ugly; the main characters are often annoying; the humor is generally weak; and the computer-generated animation is often soulless.

November 12, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter
ESplatter

A shallow attempt at filmmaking and humor.

November 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com
Bullz-Eye.com

...an engaging little diversion that maintains its charm with repeat viewing.

September 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Amiably entertaining.

August 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

A promising premise, a top voice cast and a studio with an impressive track record sets up expectations that Madagascar just can't fulfill.

May 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

A likeable and loose-limbed addition to the ever-growing CGI family.

February 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Too kiddie-oriented to keep the parents coming back like they have for the likes of the vastly superior Shrek, Nemo and Incredibles films.

October 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

I wanted a moral to the story. In Finding Nemo: Don't let fear rule your life. Shrek: True beauty is on the inside. Madagascar: Don't eat your friends?

September 27, 2006 | Comments (5)
Christianity Today

If we're not suffering poo-flinging or butt-biting, we get the theme songs from Chariots of Fire and Hawaii Five-O.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Es un ejemplo claro de que la animación todavía tiene mucho que ofrecer, aunque sea de manera sencilla.

April 20, 2006

What a joy. Just a fun good-hearted film. I giggled nearly the whole time.

March 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card
Hollywood Report Card

Not a bad movie by any stretch of the imagination, but nothing particularly amazing either.

January 13, 2006 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

Doesn't really live up to the promise that the idea and voice talent deserve. But it's still spirited, amiable, featherweight summer fun.

January 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

It should mostly catch the attention of the younger set, but there are some gags left over for their parents (lots of slick cultural references and poo yuks).

November 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Outranks any other animated film in recent memory if only for its dedicated avoidance of any and all lessons imparted or learned.

September 23, 2005 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
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Audience Reviews for Madagascar

'Dreamworks' hit back with an animated tale about lovable zoo animals trying to escape to the wild. Always one step behind the mighty 'Pixar' this feature seemed to be an attempt to try and combat the ever increasing list of 'Pixar' classics that just kept on coming.

A curious blend of ideas really, the whole film is made to look quite sensible in terms of how things should look in reality. But there is a kind of Tex Avery/Chuck Jones feel to the main characters that is quite nice but also someone childish compared to the backgrounds and vista's we see. You then have the set up that the animals can all talk to each but not to humans, yet they can perform human acts without question.

The film slides from slightly emotional to sensible to most of the time outright off the wall. The plot is childishly simple naturally but it works OK, it actually gets a little twisted once 'Alex' the lion goes savage when his animal instinct kicks in. Problem is once the animals break out from New York the film becomes very average very quickly. Seeing how the animals live within their city dwelling was pretty good and made for some good clever laughs, nothing hilarious I might add but it worked.

The animals using the subway and at one point getting kicked in the nuts by an old lady does push the boundaries of even this fantasy. Unfortunately even that can't top the dreadful Lemurs they encounter on Madagascar, their leader for some reason given an Indian accent which is hideously unfunny.

The penguins were by far the best of the bunch for me as a small squad of military types led by 'Skipper' who sounds remarkably like 'Zap Brannigan' from 'futurama'. I can see why they got their own spin off. The rest of the animals are voiced well by a good team of big names but they aren't overly interesting really. Rock is plain annoying and that's the end of it, whilst Schwimmer is surprisingly well matched as the hypochondriac giraffe. Stiller does what he does in pretty much everything he's in, its fine.

Overall a very bright start but it just fades into a bland generic mess that includes a god awful hip hop sequence. The animation is fair, some smart visual gags here and there and the penguins are a great success but apart from that its all very meh. The impression I got was no one was sure which way they wanted to go with this film, so many alternative ideas colliding, bit of a mess.
October 20, 2012
phubbs1

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I tell ya, those penguins sure are funny. This film is alright. Don't really understand the character arc with Alex, but they do the best with what they got. A silly film to say the least. Not the biggest fan of this franchise.
August 16, 2012
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Eric Shankle

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Odd animation, good music, great voice cast, and a decent story make for a good modern animated classic. "Madagascar" may not be a "Shrek" or "Lion King" but it is great fluffy entertainment, that holds up nice. Alex the lion(Ben Stiller), Marty the zebra(Chris Rock"), Melman the giraffe(David Schwimmer), and Gloria the Hippo(Jada Pinkett Smith) are happy friends in Central Park Zoo. At least they all thought they were happy until Marty comes out and tells them he is tired of the zoo life and wants to go to the wild. Following in the footsteps of some psychotic penguins, he plans his escape. Things go wrong, as Marty's three friends try to stop him, but end up getting themselves deported to the wild. While on the boat they get into a fight and end up stranded on Madagascar, an island inhabited by crazy lemurs and other animals. Now, they gotta stick together and find a way off the island and back to New York. Pretty funny, and all voices are perfect. The best characters by far are the penguins. They have the best lines, the creepiest voices, and are just so darn entertaining! My nephews love these movies, and I gotta say, I love em too. If you enjoy smiling, you'll like it. If your a stiff prude who doesn't enjoy laughter or rainbows, then you'll probably hate it.
June 3, 2012
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

Funny animation about zoo animals who escape and get shipwrecked on a desert island. I love the penguins.
November 6, 2011
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    1. Marty the Zebra: Oh sugar honey ice tea!
    – Submitted by Gianni B (56 days ago)
    1. Marty the Zebra: When a zebra's in the zone, leave him alone!
    – Submitted by Frances H (13 months ago)
    1. Alex the Lion: Marty!
    2. Marty the Zebra: Alex!
    3. Alex the Lion: Mar-
    4. Marty the Zebra: Alex?
    5. Alex the Lion: [angry] MARTY!
    6. Marty the Zebra: Oh suger honey ice tea!
    – Submitted by Connor N (19 months ago)
    1. Melman the Giraffe: I just counted twenty six invade health violations.
    2. Marty the Zebra: I don't know, this place is crack a liking.
    3. Melman the Giraffe: Twenty seven!
    – Submitted by Connor N (20 months ago)
    1. King Julien: [shows dead human] Don't you just love the people... Not a very lively bunch though.
    – Submitted by Connor N (20 months ago)
    1. King Julien: Everyone [shush noise] that's right [shush noise] how's making that noise! Oh it's me again.
    – Submitted by Connor N (20 months ago)
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