Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

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In the animated film Madagascar, a group of animal friends landed on the island of yes, Madagascar, but they’ve somehow managed to find their way to Africa in the sequel Madagascar, Escape to Africa. Alex the lion (voice by Ben Stiller), Marty the zebra (voice by Chris Rock), Melman the giraffe (voice by David Schwimmer) and Gloria the Hippo (voice by Jada Pinkett Smith) are excited to finally be going home to the New York Central Zoo via a salvaged plane. The plane – assembled by penguins and lemurs – barely makes it off the ground, then manages to gently crash land on the African preserve where Alex was born. He is reunited with his mother (voice by Sherri Shepherd) and his father Zuba (voice by Bernie Mac) who is the alpha lion. With the arrival of Alex, Makunga (voice by Alec Baldwin) persuades a pilot to have Zuba removed as king of the jungle. In the mean time, Marty is happy because he meets a herd of zebra but becomes depressed when he realizes they all look alike and talk alike and he looses his identity. When their only water hole dries up, Melman becomes a witch doctor to help the other animals. He’s forced to profess his love to Gloria when another Hippo named Moto Moto (voice by Will I Am) becomes infatuated with her size. It’s no big surprise when Alex and his friends travel upstream and off the animal preserve to find out what caused the river to stop flowing. I know this doesn’t seem like much of a story and there’s nothing really original, but this film is all about the characters. The voices fit the characters precisely, the music is the toe- tapping kind and every time the action slows down a bit the penguins and lemurs liven it up. Kids can learn a lesson about the value of friendship and what makes each of us unique. (In fact, I’m beginning to think I’m unique as a blind movie critic.) Madagascar 3 is on the drawing board, but for this second installment I’m giving it a B rating.

This movie has been given a PG rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.