Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

{3/5} “I’m like a candy cane in a black and white movie.”

Our favourite group of displaced zoo animals is still trying to get back home to New York. They find their way to Monte Carlo, where the penguins are winning big. An extremely efficient and dedicated animal control officer almost catches them, which leads them to find someplace to hide — they find a travelling circus. It’s not a very good circus, though, and they decide to make it better.

Madagascar 3 was released earlier this year.

I thought the first two Madagascar movies were hilarious. This one is funny but more silly and less clever — a lot of slapstick and running around. As always, whenever the penguins are on screen you can be sure of a laugh. If kids like it that’s fine but it doesn’t have a whole lot to offer an adult viewer. Unlike the other movies in the series, I won’t be likely to watch this one again.

Hans Zimmer (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest) provided the music — it’s recognizable as Madagascar music but didn’t wow me.

Ben Stiller (Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian), Chris Rock (the TV show Everybody Hates Chris), David Schwimmer (the TV show Friends), and Jada Pinkett Smtih (The Matrix Reloaded) reprise their roles from the previous films — Alex, Marty, Melman, and Gloria. Sacha Baron Cohen (Hugo) is King Julien. Also providing voices are Cedric the Entertainer (the TV show The Steve Harvey Show), Andy Richter (the TV show Andy Richter Controls the Universe), Frances McDormand (Fargo), Bryan Cranston (the TV show Breaking Bad), and Martin Short (the TV show SCTV).

The movie was directed by Eric Darnell (Antz), Tom McGrath (Megamind), and Conrad Vernon (Monsters vs Aliens). Darnell and McGrath directed the first two Madagascar movies. The three directors also provide voices in the movie.

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