89 Min | Animation – Action – Adventure | December 2008
IMDB Rating: 6.7
Directors: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath
Starring: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Review: The original Madagascar film was one of my favorite animated movies of the decade because it was very original and outright hilarious, in addition to having the most amazing penguins the world has ever seen. In the second installment, however, the screenplay is sacrificed for better animation, and while it looks good, the film doesn’t carry itself well, despite having a very short runtime. Our favorite zoo animals have been kicked out of New York and end up in Africa, where they quickly fit in with a pride of lions and other animals. Basically, from here, Madagascar Escape 2 Africa because formulaic, even for a children’s animated movie. It’s hard to believe they spent almost 3 years making Madagascar Escape 2 Africa.
Of course, most animated films are only as good as the voice actors, and while the big four of Stiller, Rock, Schwimmer, and Pinkett Smith are enjoyable, it’s Sacha Baron Cohen who steals the movie once again as King Julien. His performance had me laughing on end for most of the movie, and I lit up like a lamp whenever his little rodent appeared on screen. The late Bernie Mac was also fun to have in Madagascar Escape 2 Africa. The best thing about Madagascar Escape 2 Africa are the penguins, bar none. They literally had me crying tears from laughing so hard. The actor playing the lead penguin is some sort of genius.
Madagascar Escape 2 Africa is as beautifully animated as it is horribly written. There is so much attention to detail, making it the second most accomplished animated film this year in terms of picture quality. However, Madagascar 2 falls victim to cheesy lines, a stereotypical villain (a ripoff of a character played by Alec Baldwin), and formulaic plot resolution. However, that most of the jokes were good ones. Madagascar Escape 2 Africa is a watchable kids movie that doesn’t live up to the first film’s glory as one of my favorite animated films of the decade.