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Madagascar (2005)
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Review Date: January 13, 2006
Director: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath
Writer: Mark Burton, Billy Frolick
Producers: Teresa Cheng, Mireille Soria
Actors:
Ben Stiller as Alex
Chris Rock as Marty
David Schwimmer as Melman
Plot:
An animated film featuring four New York City Zoo animals, a zebra, a lion, a giraffe and a hippopotamus, who bolt from their entrapment one evening, and through a series of circumstances, end up on a boat and ultimately, the island of Madagascar. Not sure on whether or not they like the island, the animals spend much of the second half of the film goofing around. The question to you: is their “goofing around” entertaining?
Critique:
The best word to describe this animated venture is “serviceable”, in my opinion. The film doesn’t attempt anything too original a la SHREK or MONSTERS INC., it doesn’t crack you up all way across the board, it doesn’t feature a newly developed or overly-impressive sort of animation, but it covers its bases with a handful of funny characters mixed into an easy-to-follow plotline and plenty of colorful animated adventures, which stacked inside an 80-minute runtime, make for an “okay” time, particularly for the younger crowd. Unlike CHICKEN LITTLE, the film does offer enough entertainment for adults as well, with its ode to AMERICAN BEAUTY sticking out the most in my mind. I also really enjoyed the “acid trip” sequence early on, as well as a handful of running gags, especially the one featuring the animals drinking their drinks on the island and then spitting them out. But ultimately for me, it was the hilarious secondary characters that kept me going, particularly the cool-ass penguins, who ruled the film, as well as the bright monkeys, who were underutilized, and the island-ferrets, many of which were quite amusing (“I like to move it, move it…!”) The penguins, in fact, should be given their own motion picture…that thing would rule!

As for the four lead characters in this film, well…they were “okay”, especially the ones voiced by Chris Rock and Ben Stiller, but I didn’t think all four were really necessary, particularly since neither of the other two characters (the giraffe and the hippo) brought all that much to the proceedings. If their parts had been cut and more meat been given to the funnier side-characters, I’m sure I would have enjoyed more of this film. Also, when evaluating any movie, I really tend to focus on its story when all is said and done, and to be honest, not much was given to us in that respect either. It almost felt like a 2-act movie (the first part in New York and the second in Madagascar), while its conclusion was simply “tacked on” in order to create some sort of artificial conflict that wasn’t really there. Which ties in to the film’s other big problem: no bad guys. The film is basically just a “walk in the park” and even though that’s fine for a lot of people, especially the kidlets, I expect a little more juice from my animated flicks, especially when all-around entertainment vehicles like THE INCREDIBLES have raised the bar so high. All in all, not a bad movie by any stretch of the imagination, but nothing particularly amazing either.
(c) 2014 Berge Garabedian
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1:06AM on 01/27/2006

Meh

Kind of a disappointment. This is not to say its a horrible movie, but it lacks what many of the other great animations have, which is its own personality. The story what nothihng special, the character were like a secondary soap opera stars, whos persona's were limp and flacid. If not for the penguins, and the "Lord" of the Lemurs, i would had to of given it a lower score, so in case of this movie, thank god for penguins and lemurs
Kind of a disappointment. This is not to say its a horrible movie, but it lacks what many of the other great animations have, which is its own personality. The story what nothihng special, the character were like a secondary soap opera stars, whos persona's were limp and flacid. If not for the penguins, and the "Lord" of the Lemurs, i would had to of given it a lower score, so in case of this movie, thank god for penguins and lemurs
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11:25PM on 01/19/2006

Mediocre

This movie had no life, no soul. It wasn't boring and it had some laughs but none of the characters were lovable. I didn't relate to them. And it was too short and fast-paced for its own good. A true let down.
This movie had no life, no soul. It wasn't boring and it had some laughs but none of the characters were lovable. I didn't relate to them. And it was too short and fast-paced for its own good. A true let down.
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4:36PM on 01/19/2006
This movie was great! The penguins and the lemurs rocked!
This movie was great! The penguins and the lemurs rocked!
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2:10PM on 01/16/2006

Wait for Video

I thought that this movie was going to be hi-freaking-larious. I was wrong. Very wrong. This movie blowed. I never really liked Dreamworks Animation movies (except for Shrek and Shrek 2 but they suck the second time you watch them). The highlight of the film for me was the penguins. They were the only real funny parts of the movie. I thought the whole part with the lemurs singing "I Like To Move It" was completely stupid and pointless. It was completely not funny at all. Also the plot is really
I thought that this movie was going to be hi-freaking-larious. I was wrong. Very wrong. This movie blowed. I never really liked Dreamworks Animation movies (except for Shrek and Shrek 2 but they suck the second time you watch them). The highlight of the film for me was the penguins. They were the only real funny parts of the movie. I thought the whole part with the lemurs singing "I Like To Move It" was completely stupid and pointless. It was completely not funny at all. Also the plot is really stupid like what are the odds of crates falling off of a roped boat. The animation was crisp and this movie tried too hard to be funny. Also the voice acting was top notch. This movie isn't everything to be expected.
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12:13PM on 01/13/2006

No Pixar

Seasoned movie viewers are truly becoming reliant on Pixar style kid/adult entertainment. Madagascar, like some other recent kid flicks, teases with the all-around enjoyable experiences, but unfortunately gets stuck in kid only territory with sometimes the only entertainment being the fact that animated characters are talking to each other on the screen! Kudos I suppose for kids entertainment, we adults have to wait it out for the quality Pixar, and for more Ice Age/Shrek to a slightly lesser
Seasoned movie viewers are truly becoming reliant on Pixar style kid/adult entertainment. Madagascar, like some other recent kid flicks, teases with the all-around enjoyable experiences, but unfortunately gets stuck in kid only territory with sometimes the only entertainment being the fact that animated characters are talking to each other on the screen! Kudos I suppose for kids entertainment, we adults have to wait it out for the quality Pixar, and for more Ice Age/Shrek to a slightly lesser extent. I personally enjoyed Chicken Little more than Madagascar, but I did see it in 3D.
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