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Madagascar (2005)

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A group of animals who have spent all their life in a New York zoo end up in the jungles of Madagascar, and must adjust to living in the wild.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Stiller ... Alex (voice)
Chris Rock ... Marty (voice)
David Schwimmer ... Melman (voice)
Jada Pinkett Smith ... Gloria (voice)
Sacha Baron Cohen ... Julien (voice)
Cedric the Entertainer ... Maurice (voice)
Andy Richter ... Mort (voice)
Tom McGrath ... Skipper / Fossa / Panicky Man on Subway (voice)
Christopher Knights Christopher Knights ... Private (voice)
Chris Miller ... Kowalski (voice)
Conrad Vernon ... Mason (voice)
Eric Darnell ... Zoo Announcer / Lemur #1 / Fossa / Subway Car Announcer (voice)
David Cowgill ... Police Horse (voice)
Stephen Apostolina ... Police Officer (voice) (as Steve Apostolina)
Elisa Gabrielli ... Old Lady (voice)
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Storyline

Longing to roam free in the vast landscapes of Mother Africa, Marty, the bored and dejected zebra of the famous Central Park Zoo, escapes his prison on the night of his tenth birthday celebration. However, after a botched rescue attempt by Marty's companions--Alex, the content lion; Melman, the skittish giraffe, and Gloria, the resolute hippo--the friends will find themselves crated up and shipped off to a remote wildlife preserve, only to end up on the sandy shores of exotic Madagascar. At last, Marty's dream will come true; nevertheless, what does it really mean to be a truly wild animal? Written by Nick Riganas

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zoo | lemur | jungle | escape | madagascar | See All (80) »

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They're out of the zoo without a clue. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language, crude humor and some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

DreamWorks [United States]

Country:

USA

Release Date:

27 May 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Madagascar See more »

Filming Locations:

Glendale, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$47,224,594, 29 May 2005

Gross USA:

$193,595,521

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$542,063,846
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At the start of the film when Ben Stiller's lion character Alex is switching between alternate poses, he pulls the 'blue steel' face from the film Zoolander (2001). See more »

Goofs

When on the ship, the penguins peep out of their crate through circular holes that are clearly big enough to let them out, especially for Kowalksi and Rico. There was no need for Rico to break them open with a fake key. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Alex the Lion: Surprise!
Marty the Zebra: Aaahhh! Alex! Do not interrupt me when I'm daydreaming. When a zebra's in the zone, leave him alone.
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At the end of the closing credits, Gloria appears and taps the screen with a magic wand to end the movie. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK version omits a partially uttered use of strong language to secure a U rating. International versions do not implement this cut, as filmmakers often put in single uses of strong language in otherwise-junior films to secure a higher rating in the US. When the film comes to be rated in the UK, the language has to be cut for a lower rating. See also 101 Dalmatians. See more »

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Referenced in Turbo (2013) See more »

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Happy Birthday To You
Written by Mildred J. Hill (as Mildred Hill) & Patty S. Hill (as Patty Hill)
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So Much Could Have Happened on This Island...
1 June 2005 | by T1ThousandSee all my reviews

Okay. Here we go. Before watching this film, if you read what it is going to be about, you will find something that could be promising. Four animals that are close friends in a zoo end up being stranded in the wild where one of them--the lion--finds out that it is his nature to hunt down the other three. Now that makes a good story! But the thing is that the story barely even touched on that. It seemed to go nowhere and throughout the time that I watched this, I felt as if it were still beginning and we were being introduced to the characters, including the ones that later come into play. I didn't feel as if the peak of the plot was ever reached because I started thinking: What is the plot? Where is this movie trying to go? Nothing really happens. This film is like a large introduction that never really goes anywhere. It barely touches the middle of the story when it suddenly ends. A big hole was certainly there when the credits came up. A lot could have been done with this story. We also never really connect with any of the characters. They are just there. The voices are done well and they really match with the characters, but that's mostly it. There is not a lot of character development. But the good news is that many kids will enjoy this. There is plenty of light humor, especially with the penguins who steal the show most of the time. There are cute parts and the visuals are all right. This is no Shrek and it is a little below Shark Tale in my opinion. Dreamworks could have had a much better film. So much more could have happened on this island, but alas we were only introduced to it and nothing else. No, this movie is not horribly bad, but it is not very good either. I give it an average at best. It is watchable but that is it for me. The story was handled too weakly. This movie really had potential. But hey, at least the kids most likely will enjoy it =)

5.8/10 Stars


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