Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

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Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is an improvement on the original, with more fleshed-out characters, crisper animation and more consistent humor.



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Alex, Marty, Melman, Gloria, King Julien, Maurice and the penguins and the chimps find themselves marooned on the distant shores of Madagascar. In the face of this obstacle, the New Yorkers have hatched a plan so crazy it just might work. With military precision, the penguins have repaired an old crashed plane-sort of. Once aloft, this unlikely crew stays airborne just long enough to make it to the wildest place of all--the vast plains of Africa, where the members of our zoo-raised crew encounter species of their own kind for the very first time. Africa seems like a great place--but is it better than their Central Park home?


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  • Punches its key themes of friendship, togetherness and family amid a hyperactive swirl of jokes, musical numbers and physical gags.

    Dec 26, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Whatever else I felt about the movie, this is good animation. The colours are extraordinary, the backgrounds stunning.

    Dec 12, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • This is one of those rare occasions where the sequel is better than the original - but only by a whisker.

    Dec 5, 2008 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…

    Derek Adams

    Time Out
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  • Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath's exhilarating cartoon is a medley of comic humiliations as the sophisticated New Yorkers fail to cut the mustard in the real wild. The Heath Robinson invention will delight adults. The ironies will thrill kids. Great fun.

    Dec 5, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • This much-anticipated sequel is a frankly disappointing piece of opportunism, with a non-plot which shamelessly rips off The Lion King.

    Dec 5, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Stiller has an ear for mainstream projects that keep a few steps ahead of the crowd, like Meet the Parents and Tropic Thunder. Escape 2 Africa is tame by comparison but it never treats us like dumb animals.

    Dec 5, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

  • May 27, 2017
    amusing sequel but without the supporting king julian and penguin characters it'd be the lion king with a dance off and death holes for giraffes.
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • Jul 16, 2015
    some fun characters but the story is super thin. I expect too much from movies but having a paper thin plot isn't asking too much. good but definitely not great.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Mar 16, 2013
    Fun and lighthearted, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is an adventurous and entertaining family film. This time Alex and his friends crash-land in an African wildlife preserve while trying to get back to New York in a makeshift airplane. The cast from the first film return, and are joined by Alec Baldwin and Bernie Mac. The animation's quite good, and is full of detail and vibrant colors. And the comedy's especially sharp, with humor that can be enjoyed by all ages. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa delivers an exciting animated film that's full of laughs.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 15, 2013
    The sequel ain't half bad, but it isn't as good as the first film. I liked the little jokes and charming characters, but the script could really use some improvement.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer

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