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The penguins steal the show. In the sprightly Madagascar, a mid-life crisis inspires Marty the Zebra (voiced by Chris Rock) to escape from his lifelong home, a New York zoo. His equally pampered friends--Alex the Lion (Ben Stiller), Gloria the Hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith), and Melman the Giraffe (David Schwimmer)--then escape to bring him back. Unfortunately, their attempt at damage control persuades zoo officials that the animals are unhappy, so all four get shipped to an animal preserve in Kenya...only a squad of maniacal penguins change the destination to Antarctica. The quartet end up on an island where, in addition to meeting some hedonistic lemurs, they learn about the food chain--and that Alex is a different link on the chain from the other three. Madagascar doesn't achieve the snappy perfection of a Pixar movie, but it tops most other computer-animated efforts; the collision of friendship and predator instincts makes for an unusually gripping conflict. The vocal performances of the central characters is serviceable, but Sacha Baron Cohen (Da Ali G Show) provides topnotch lunacy as the lemur king, and the penguins--voiced mostly by the animators themselves--are the best thing in the movie. --Bret Fetzer

Customer Reviews:

  • Nice DVD
    I watched this movie with my mom and we both thought it was really cute and funny. The penguins are great and some of the jokes are definitely more appreciated by the adults. The DVD extras were awesome too; there's a Penguin Xmas caper that's great, plus they have behind the scenes stuff etc. Overall it's an enjoyable short cartoon that's at least worth a look....more info
  • Loads of Fun for the family
    As the title states its just that. Great movie for the family to enjoy....more info
  • Pleasantly Surprised....
    I honestly wasn't expecting much from this movie. The previews were just not that appealing. The storyline didn't seem to make any sense (from the previews.) I had no clue. (In more ways than one!)

    The fact is the movie was very smartly written. The animation was creative and very bright. It was realistic but abstract enough to be slightly amusing. The storyline is simple, but with a wide array of gags and "physical comedy" that entertains young and old alike. Of course, having said all that I must admit that the simple story is balanced by characters that are very complex in nature.

    Alex is the king of the jungle... only his jungle is the city zoo. Melman, the hypochondriac giraffe, along with lovely hippo, Gloria and Marty the laughable zebra make for an interesting zoo dynamic.

    Throw in a bunch of oddball penquins with military delusions and a gaggle of lemurs that like to "move it" and you have the screwball hit of the year!

    A perfect story for the kid in all of us....more info
  • Madagascar Movie Review
    The Madagascar movie I ordered came in a timely manner and in good shape! Thank you....more info
  • I'm crazy about this movie
    I saw the trailers for Madagascar II, started singing "I like to move it, move it" all over the place and knew I had to rent the original. I mostly watched it to see the song acted out and wasn't expecting much. I made my sister watch it with me, my husband being out of town.

    From the beginning, it seemed pretty clever and involving, but when they got to the island, it really picked up! King Julian is hilarious! My sister and I were laughing like loons. When the movie was over, we watched all the extras, and then over the next few days, we talked and and laughed over our favorite scenes. When my husband came home, we watched it again with him and laughed even harder and saw things we hadn't seen the first time. This movie takes multiple watchings to get all the funny parts, because when you're watching the main characters, other, funnier things are happening in the background. After we watched it with my husband, we went back and played our favorites scenes AGAIN. Yes, it was THAT funny! I love this movie and now I have to buy it.

    I can't wait until Madagascar II comes out....more info
  • Madagascar Movie Review
    The Madagascar movie I ordered came in a timely manner and in good shape! Thank you....more info
  • Madagascar movie
    This was for a Christmas gift for my best friend's son. I've seen it before an it is an excellent movie! Jada Pinkett-Smith is wonderful as the hippo. David Swimmer is so funny as the sickly giraffe!
    Suzie Phillips...more info
  • Another must own!!!!
    I'm slowly collecting all the animated movies which we already own on Dvd and am updating them all to Blu-ray as they come out, and Madagasca is just another one of those must own movies. I can't wait for the next one to come out on Blu-ray also....more info
  • Idioma y subtitulos en espa?ol
    Este Blue Ray se puede visionar perfectamente en Espa?a, tanto el idioma como los subtitulos se pueden seleccionar en espa?ol. Indicar que el doblaje no es natural de Espa?a, pero se entiende perfectamente....more info
  • Great fun, awesome BluRay
    If you - like me - enjoy a good cartoon, this is one to watch. It's not only funny and enjoyable, it's flat our hilarious. The comedy is very well timed and not to dirty.

    I can't wait to get the sequel....more info
  • Best cartoon of 2005; laughs for all ages
    Since Shrek, DreamWorks pictures has annually put out cartoons aimed at audiences of all ages. Most of these end up behind Pixar's creations as best cartoon of the year. 2005 was one of the few exceptions; first, Pixar did not release any movie that year. Second, this movie is actually very good. It tells the story of four overly domesticated zoo animals who inadvertantly end up in Madagascar, where they have to learn to survive against the odds and in spite of themselves. The movie is written as a comedy with no romance or terror, and some action sequences. As a comedy, it includes elements of sarcasm, singing, slapstick and a lot of outright stupidity. Most of the jokes are original and appropriate for all ages, and the animation is quite believable and looks like a cross between the CGI wonders of Pixar and traditional cartoon drawings from the 1960's. The voiceovers are great, and all the characters are excellent. Most notable is Sacha Baron Cohen's first big role in a major Hollywood release. Here, he is the king of a band of lemurs, and his experience from the Da Ali G Show shines through as he sings away in a South Asian accent.

    Overall, a great movie. The plot is simple but very original, along with the comedy. Fun for everyone....more info
  • Madagascar - DID NOT RECEIVE
    As stated three times, I did not receive this item. No word from seller. Waiting for a refund!...more info
  • Good, But Not Great!
    Not as fast moving or funny as "Madagascar 2: Escape to Africa." Still, it was enjoyable and entertaining, with excellent animation and the same goofy characters as "Madagascar 2." I could watch "Madagascar 2" over and over - but one time is enough for the first movie....more info
  • Awesome
    I love amazon, I can always find cool stuff and get it right away and I don't have to worry because I know I'm getting the best quality for my money. Madagascar rocks!! I like to move it move it. ...more info
  • Madagascar is a great movie for the whole family.
    We bought the movie for a trip to visit family and thoroughly enjoyed it. Even my mother watched it with us. I would have given five stars but the DVD version does not include a cartoon short feature with the penguins as we had hoped....more info
  • Hillarious Entertainment for the Whole Family!
    "Madagascar" is an animated comedy in which four stars, a zebra, a lion, a hippo and a giraffe, of the Central Park Zoo decide to find their destiny in "The Wild." After making their improbable escape, they end up on the island of Madagascar on which they learn that they really did not have it so bad and that the grass is not always greener on the other side. They even find out that they change when they are away from their friendly surroundings. You will be laughing so hard that you will not even think about the message. This is just hilarious entertainment for the whole family. Enjoy!...more info
  • The Penguins are the Real Stars
    I have two elementary age boys who wanted to see this film at the theater and then asked for the dvd. So I have seen it both at the theater and at home, but I really don't care for it. My kids thought it was quite funny, but I would place it in the bottom tier of kids' movies. The animation is fine and parts are amusing but nothing is really stellar. The story is run-of-the-mill, and too many cliches make it a bit tiresome. Chris Rock, in my opinion, just has a funny voice, so I laughed whenever his character spoke. The highlight of the movie is the penguins. As a paramilitary group intent on breaking out of the zoo and heading to Antarctica, they steal the show. The lemurs (or were they meerkats?) on the island of Madagascar have some laughs as well, but on the whole, this is not my favorite kids' movie. I recommend you rent it first before you buy....more info
  • Madagascar
    This was a very enjoyable movie and I have sent it to a frined who also enjoyed viewing it. Very cute! I loved the Move It Move It song. I was hilarious at the end of the movie....more info
  • Still Waiting for the Laughs to Start
    Marty the Zebra (Chris Rock) is having a midlife crisis. He's tired of life in the Central Park Zoo and wants to see what life is like in the wild. When he escapes, his three friends try to chase him down and bring him back. And while Alex the Lion (Ben Stiller), Gloria the Hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith), and Melman the Giraffe (David Schwimmer) do catch up with him, it doesn't turn out quite as planned. Instead, all four of them find themselves headed to Africa. Will they survive when they get there?

    I normally steer clear of Dreamworks Animation movies because I find them pale imitations of the Disney Pixar films they are attempting to rip off. But the previews for the sequel looked so entertaining, I had to give this one a try. I should have stayed away.

    Yes, there are a few amusing moments. I laughed at several of the movie spoofs. But that was about it. The story was boring. The characters had so much potential. Instead, they went with the easy joke (read bathroom humor) and didn't play out the jokes the premise could have set up. As many have said, the group of commando penguins are the funniest things in the film, but they don't have nearly enough screen time to make much difference.

    Then there's the issue of voice casting. Yes, most of the cast did fine. But I couldn't get Ross from Friends out of my head whenever Melman had a line. Trust me, that was very distracting.

    Many have dismissed Disney's The Wild as a rip off of this film. That's a shame because, for my money, it is the far superior film. Stay away from this one and get a copy of that film. Instead of staring at the TV screen, you'll be laughing from start to finish....more info
  • Great movie
    Showed this movie to a bunch of nursery school aged kids-- it really held their attention and they all loved dancing around!...more info
  • slightly entertaining animal cartoon
    I must admit to not being a fan of the Dreamworks animations. They don't look particularly inventive, the voice talent is often at best distracting, or at worst, poor, and the stories are very sparse. Madagascar really is no exception to the rule. We first meet the heroes of the film - the animals - at the New York Zoo. Marty (voiced by Chris Rock) is a zebra bored with captivity and longing for the freedom of the wild. Alex (voiced by Ben Stiller) is a vain yet cowardly lion, happy to pose for the public in his cage, and so full of himself that he buys Marty little icons of himself as birthday presents. Melman (voiced by David Schwimmer) is a hypochondriac giraffe, while Gloria the hippo (voiced by Jada Pinkett Smith) is an earth momma, keeping her pals in check. There is a also a small mafia of penguins in the zoo who want to go to Antarctica. These are funny and inventive characters, but a little at odds with the rest of the film. This film has its moments - the animals going on the subway to Grand Central Station; the squirrels and chipmunks who rule the island of Madagascar (the wild Marty is so keen on); and the film and TV references - Hawaii Five O, Born Free, Chariots of Fire, American Beauty, and more. But the characters are two-dimensional, the script is needlessly childish (yes, I know it is for kids, but give them some credit for having brains), and the film is pretty pointless, other than the same old 'you've got a friend' theme that pervades almost every film from the studio. The voice talent is just OK (and Ben Stiller in particular makes Alex irritating) and the animation is boring. Not one I'd rush to see again....more info
  • Great move
    Love this move it was so funny and I'm still a kid at heart. thank you...more info