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Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)



Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 150
Fresh: 96 | Rotten: 54

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is an improvement on the original, with more fleshed-out characters, crisper animation and more consistent humor.


Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 12

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is an improvement on the original, with more fleshed-out characters, crisper animation and more consistent humor.



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Hopelessly stranded on the remote shores of Madagascar, the New Yorkers hatch a plan to get back to Central Park that instead finds them soaking up sun in the picturesque plains of Africa. Madagascar may be a nice place to visit, but for the gang of animals who spent most of their lives in New York, there is truly no place like home. After discovering the remnants of a crashed airplane, the penguins quickly set about making the repairs needed to get the craft airborne again. When the plane

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This is one of those rare occasions where the sequel is better than the original - but only by a whisker.

December 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The sequel, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, is a better film, though -- less manic, more easygoing.

November 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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This is great. I loved it.

November 10, 2008 Full Review Source: At the Movies
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This is a really funny movie.

November 10, 2008 Full Review Source: At the Movies
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With so many characters to cram in and not much for many of them to do, Escape 2 Africa ends up a choppy, episodic affair.

November 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Associated Press
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A by-the-numbers follow-up to the highly successful 2005 feature that was no great shakes to begin with.

November 7, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Post
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If you weren't particularly enamored with the first one, chances are this isn't gonna change your opinion on the Madagascar cast

August 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Lyles' Movie Files
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Kids will love the wisecracking penguins, industrious monkeys and feisty, survivalist grandma, who packs quite a wallop with her handbag.

September 28, 2011 Full Review Source: American Profile
American Profile

Doesn't mess with a good thing. That means many prankish penguins, loony lemurs and that "move it, move it" song, all over again.

December 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Florida Times-Union | Comment (1)
Florida Times-Union

In a post WALL-E world, it's hard not to be slightly underwhelmed by Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.

August 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Moviedex | Comments (3)

Two stripes and you're out!

July 17, 2009 Full Review Source: CNNRadio

I am no great fan of sequels, and am especially suspicious of movies that try to cross-over between adult and child audiences. But this one won me over early on.

February 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Comments (2)
Apollo Guide

Energetic, fast-paced, and pumped full of zany humor...sure to entertain the younguns and be fairly painless for their guardians. [Blu-ray]

February 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Comment (1)
Groucho Reviews

There's amusement in this jungle jumble but "Happy Feet" left me happier.

February 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Comment (1)
Cinema Signals

The characters seem better developed this time and the story lines are stronger.

February 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Comment (1)
Laramie Movie Scope

...relies more heavily than ever on friendship, love, and family relationships. Who can complain about that?

January 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comment (1)
Movie Metropolis

den eihe kamia idiaiteri istoria na proekteinei, oyte apaitiseis kanenos fan base na ikanopoiisei, opote logika, den prospathei na kanei tipote ap' ta dyo

January 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Comment (1)
Movies for the Masses

Definitely a step down from the first one, but you should not let that stop you from seeing a film with great humor and animation.

January 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
Entertainment Spectrum

Duplicates the original's inoffensive, middle of the road mediocrity.

December 28, 2008 Full Review Source:

Punches its key themes of friendship, togetherness and family amid a hyperactive swirl of jokes, musical numbers and physical gags.

December 26, 2008 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia) | Comment (1)
The Age (Australia)

The pop culture references, the dance numbers and the in-jokes we enjoyed in the first film are here for parents and kids alike, as is the irreverent humour.

December 19, 2008 Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National | Comment (1)
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

The animation is as breathtakingly beautiful as before and if anything, the sequel is funnier and sharper than the original thanks to a witty screenplay.

December 19, 2008 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Comment (1)
At the Movies (Australia)

Among the Looney Tuniest of recent computer-animated features -- the anatomy-distorting slapstick, wacky wordplay and surreal throwaway gags are nonstop.

December 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Comment (1)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

It's a very handsome production, and a pretty funny one, too, which will keep audiences of all ages -- except perhaps the most cynical -- thoroughly entertained.

December 12, 2008 Full Review Source: The Australian | Comment (1)
The Australian

Whatever else I felt about the movie, this is good animation. The colours are extraordinary, the backgrounds stunning.

December 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Comment (1)
Sydney Morning Herald

[Sua] irreverência só (surge) realmente quando os personagens secundários seqüestram a história.

December 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
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Audience Reviews for Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

A sequel that is better than the first. The story is pretty standard stuff and has been done many times before, I didn't care much for the human inclusion to the story either as I don't think Dreamworks does human very well but I did find it pretty funny in places.
January 4, 2013

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All the characters are back and all are voiced by the same stars as before so continuity is a go for launch. Starting life as a prequel we get a brief glimpse at the main characters when they were very young in the zoo and how 'Alex' got there.

From there we are back on Madagascar as the mammal team prepare to leave in their homemade plane back to New York. On route the plane crashes in Africa where they all experience the real wild of their dreams and 'Alex' finds his family.

This sequel is a much better story and better executed if you ask me. The idea of seeing how 'Alex' got stuck in the zoo and then accidentally gets back with his family again is a neat idea. The film is still a mix of off the wall madness, emotion and realism in the form of visuals but its a much tighter plot with better visual gags and better characters. Gone are most of the lemurs thank god.

Alas we still have to put up with the Indian accented lemur leader who is painfully unfunny still but we also have some good new additions. Alec Baldwin as 'Makunga' is a really well designed bad guy or creep. Definitely made to look a bit like Baldwin with the thick glossy hair and slick sneering appearance hehe all the background animals actually add to the fun also, especially the fun idea of all the zebras being identical in every way and all the giraffes being hypochondriacs.

The old lady makes a reappearance I'm afraid, this time even more outlandish than before. Not just kicking animals in the nuts but having martial arts fights with them now and eventually becoming some kind of evil force against all the animals, pretty bad idea methinks.

Animation is still the same style of course but its all sharper and more fluid with some stunning African backgrounds and water work. The whole film feels much brighter, bolder, colourful and more enjoyable than the previous which seemed a bit drab. Still have some dreadful hip hop musical intrusions again, these seem to be a must for modern youth, gotta have plenty of hip hop pop culture in there. Incidentally the hip hop tune 'I Like to Move It' sung by all the lemurs in the first film seems to have become the franchises theme tune as we get it again here...facepalm.

Everything has been improved (almost) and we have a better film. Kinda feels like 'The Lion King' but with much added lunacy and those cool penguins, the film wouldn't be half as good without those flightless little birds.
October 20, 2012

Super Reviewer

My favorite in the series, but that's not saying much. This one has a consistent story and does a decent job balancing the humor. These movies are pretty dumb, but I think the creators know that and use it to their advantage.
August 16, 2012
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Eric Shankle

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Dazzing animation with a strong humor that it's, also, very good to adults. Sometimes, Madagascar could look like The Lion King, but still is a moving and entertaining funny picture.
July 12, 2012
Lucas Martins

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    1. Mason: [to Marty] He said lets have some fun and take out the dam.
    2. Marty: Skipper, Alex wants to take out the dam!
    3. Skipper: Alright, but its his funeral.
    – Submitted by Matthew R (20 months ago)
    1. Private: I like this song!
    2. Kowalski: It never gets old!
    3. Skipper: It does have a nice ring to it.
    – Submitted by Matthew R (21 months ago)
    1. Nana: It's that bad kitty!
    – Submitted by Matthew R (21 months ago)
    1. King Julien: [to Maurice] Wow, New York looks like a dump. Are sure were not in New Jersey?
    – Submitted by YOU USED THE WRONG EMAIL ADDRESS S (22 months ago)
    1. Mason: I believe that's checkmate!
    – Submitted by YOU USED THE WRONG EMAIL ADDRESS S (22 months ago)
    1. Alex: I broke your iPod!
    – Submitted by Sterlin R (22 months ago)
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