{5/5} “Just smile and wave, boys. Smile and wave.”

Madagascar, released in 2005

Alex, Marty, Gloria, and Melman are animals at the Central Park Zoo. Marty the zebra gets the idea that he’d like to see the wild. When his friends rescue him it creates an incident that leads them to being packed off in crates bound for Africa. But the penguins have other ideas.

The graphics may look a bit dated on your big TV but don’t let that stop you from rewatching this movie.

It’s hilarious. The penguins and King Julien the lemur are particularly brilliant.

The voice talent is first rate. In addition to the famous actors, the co-director Tom McGrath provides the voice of Skipper the penguin.

Stars the voices of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith, and David Schwimmer. Directed by Eric Darnell (Antz) and Tom McGrath (Megamind). The playful soundtrack by Hans Zimmer is accompanied by fun songs like “I Like To Move It, Move It.”

I previously reviewed Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.

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