Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Madagascar - Movie

Madagascar was released here in Australia on the 16th of June and as soon as I saw a review on tv, I wanted to go see it. I've always been a sucker for little kids movies. I think people making cartoons now, realise that more adults are enjoying their creations and so there are lots of little bits of humour thrown in that children would not understand. In saying this, the film is still brilliant for children. (Though there were a few crying in the theatre when I saw it)

The story starts off in Central Park Zoo, with Alex, the lion and the star of the show, Marty, his best friend, the zebra (black with white stripes or white with black stripes?), Gloria, the confident beautiful hippoppotomus and Melman, the hypochondriac giraffe. These four friends are celebrating Marty's tenth birthday when he decides he wants to visit 'The Wild' and so starts the adventure of these four hillarious friends.

While being shipped off to a new nature reserve after being caught roaming New York, penguins hijacked the boat and the New York Zoo crew fell overboard, beaching onto a lovely tropical island. Thinking they have been transferred to another zoo they set out in search of people. Upon finding the local population of leemurs, they discover they are in fact in 'The Wild'. Then, of course, comes the obvious challenge of friendship between the lion and zebra when Alex tries to eat his best friend and goes a little wild.

The characters in this movie were hilarious. Chris Rock (Marty), Ben Stiller (Alex), Jada Pinkett-Smith (Gloria) and David Schwimmer (Melman) were brilliant in each role. I would definately see this film again, in fact I did! and I even dragged [olivebranch] along with me. We both loved it. Brilliant!

Director: Eric Darnell (Antz) & Tom McGrath (The Ren And Stimpy Show)
Producer: Mireille Soria (Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron)
Co-Producer: Theresa Cheng
Screenplay Written By: Mark Burton & Billy Frollick and Eric Darnell & Tom McGrath
Website: http://www.madagascar-themovie.com


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