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Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

Promotional movie poster
Directed by Eric Darnell
Tom McGrath
Produced by Mireille Soria
Mark Swift
Written by Etan Cohen
Tom McGrath
Eric Darnell
Starring Ben Stiller
Chris Rock
Jada Pinkett Smith
David Schwimmer
Sacha Baron Cohen
Cedric the Entertainer
Andy Richter
Bernie Mac
Sherri Shepherd
Alec Baldwin
will.i.am
Music by Hans Zimmer
will.i.am
Editing by Mark A. Hester
Studio DreamWorks Animation SKG
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) November 7, 2008 (2008-11-07)
Running time 89 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $150 million
Gross revenue $602,308,178[1]
Preceded by Madagascar
Followed by Madagascar 3

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is the 2008 animated sequel to the 2005 film Madagascar, about the continuing adventures of Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, and Gloria the Hippo. It is directed by Eric Darnell and written by Etan Cohen.

It stars the voices of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer, and Andy Richter. Also providing voices are Bernie Mac, Alec Baldwin, Sherri Shepherd and will.i.am. It was produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures, and was released on November 7, 2008.

The film starts as a prequel, showing a small part of Alex's early life, including his capture by hunters. It soon moves to shortly after the point where the original left off, with the animals deciding to return to New York. They board an airplane in Madagascar, but crash-land in Africa, where each of the central characters meets others of the same species; Alex is reunited with his parents. Problems arise, and their resolution occupies much of the remainder of the film.

The previous title was "Madagascar: The Crate Escape", which was featured on a teaser trailer with Ben Stiller.

This, along with Soul Men (which was released on the same day as this movie, November 7, 2008) and Old Dogs (which was released a year after this movie was released, November 25, 2009), was Bernie Mac's last film performance. Therefore, the movie made a special dedication to the comedian stating: For our friend Bernie Mac, thanks for all the laughter.

There were many cultural references in this film, one being Sandy Koufax on the cover of a Life magazine.

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Plot

As a cub, Alex the Lion was called Alakay and was the son of Zuba, the alpha lion. Though Zuba tries to teach Alakay to be a hunter, the cub is more interested in dancing. When another lion named Makunga challenges Zuba to a fight for the position of alpha lion, Alakay is captured by poachers. Though Zuba tries to rescue his son, Alakay is forced into a crate. Zuba is shot in the ear when he tries to rescue Alakay. The crate falls into the ocean where it drifts to New York. There, Alakay is renamed Alex and sent to the Central Park Zoo where he grew up, meeting Marty, Melman, and Gloria.

In the present time, Alex, Marty, Melman, Gloria, King Julien, Maurice and Skipper and his fellow penguins board a repaired airplane in the hopes of using it to fly back to New York. Mort tries to board the plane but King Julien doesn't want him on board and locks him outside. The plane takes off and starts with a relaxing journey, Alex spots Mort clinging to the wing of the plane and waves to him (causing Mort to wave back and fall off the wing into the sea). The plane soon ends up crash-landing in continental Africa when it runs out of fuel. In Africa the animals are amazed to find more of their kind. Alex is reunited with Zuba and his mother. Marty quickly fits into a herd of zebra who all look, sound, and talk exactly like him. Melman takes on the position of witch doctor amongst the animals. Gloria, interested in finding a mate, attracts the attention of a smooth-talking but shallow hippo named Moto Moto.

Meanwhile, the penguins set about repairing the plane. They carjack several jeeps from New Yorkers on vacation, leaving the tourists stranded and lost in the jungle. Taking charge of the group is Nana, a tough old woman known for having beaten up Alex before he was first shipped out of New York, reminding them that they are New Yorkers and always survive.

The next morning Mort washes up on the shore of Africa and sets off to find King Julien, only to be chased by a shark.

Unfortunately, life in Africa is not as wonderful as it first seems. Makunga, still determined to take the position of alpha lion, reminds Zuba that Alex must complete a traditional lion coming-of-age challenge. Alex, thinking that the challenge is a dance contest (it is actually a fight) competes against the strongest lion, "Teetsie" (who was recommended by Makunga) and loses quickly. To avoid being forced to banish Alex for failing, Zuba is forced to abdicate and Makunga immediately takes the position and banishes Alex and his family, much to Zuba's anger at Alex. Marty, meanwhile begins to feel upset that all of the zebras are exactly the same as him, leaving him with nothing unique. Melman is happy as a witch doctor until he learns that he has the same spot that had apparently caused the previous witch doctor to die. Melman is also upset about Gloria dating Moto Moto, as Melman has secretly loved her for a long time. Gloria goes on a date with Moto Moto, in a lake, and quickly realizes that he only loves her for her body.

The next day, the animals are in a panic when they discover that the watering hole has dried up. Determined to make up for his earlier failure, Alex and Marty decide to risk being shot by hunters and leave the reserve to discover what happened. The pair discover that the stranded New Yorkers, under the instruction of Nana, have dammed the river and built a primitive civilization. Alex is captured and Marty runs for help. Meanwhile, Zuba hears from Makunga what Alex did and goes to rescue him.

King Julien suggests that the animals sacrifice one of themselves into the volcano to appease the water gods and regain their water supply. Believing that he will die soon, Melman volunteers to be sacrificed. Gloria stops him just in time and Marty arrives to tell them of Alex's fate. The trio, the penguins, and several chimpanzees use the newly-fixed plane to come to the rescue. Alex meanwhile manages to rescue both himself and his father by dancing for the New Yorkers, who quickly recognize him from the zoo. The other animals rescue the lions with the plane and destroy the dam, freeing the water. Meanwhile, back at the volcano, King Julien complains to Maurice about the sacrifice plan not working ("The science seemed so solid"). Mort turns up and is overjoyed to see King Julien, although Julien is less than thrilled to see him. The shark that was chasing Mort also arrives but falls into the volcano, completing the sacrifice (with Maurice saying "I hope the gods like Seafood") and causing King Julien to think that he brought back the water. As the watering hole restores, Makunga angrily reminds Alex and Zuba that all this won't change anything. However, Alex manages to remove Makunga from power by tricking Nana into attacking him and she drags him back to the other marooned tourists. Zuba makes Alex the alpha lion.

The movie ends as Skipper marries a "bobble-head hula doll from the plane" and leaves on a honeymoon in Monte Carlo with the lemars, leaving Alex, Marty, Melman, and Gloria to happily remain in Africa with Alex's parents.

Cast

Reception

The film has received mixed to positive reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes reported that 65% of critics based on 137 reviews with the consensus stating that "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is an improvement on the original, with more fleshed-out characters, crisper animation and more consistent humor."[2] Another review aggretagor, Metacritic classified the film into the "generally favorable reviews" category with 61/100 approval rating based on 24 reviews, also a bit higher a score than the original.[3]

Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune stated in his review that the film "goes easy on the pop culture jokes, I should clarify: one of the smarter things in the script is how Alex, who digs his Bob Fosse and Jerome Robbins dance moves, becomes the film's primary pop-cult gag."[4] Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film 3 stars and wrote "This is a brighter, more engaging film than the original Madagascar.[5] Steven D. Greydanus complained the film's plot was similar to The Lion King, Joe Vs. The Volcano, and Happy Feet.[6] Carrie Rickey of the Philadelphia Inquirer gave the film 2 stars and wrote "Take the flat tire that was Madagascar. Retread it with The Lion King storyline. Pump it up with air. Now you have Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa."[7] John Anderson gave the film 3 1/2 approval rating and stated "Madagascar 2: Escape to Africa, the sequel to the enormously successful DreamWorks adventure and a film that hews close to the whole Lion King/species-as-destiny/self-fulfillment paradigm."[8]

On its opening day, the film grossed $17,555,027 from 4,056 theaters with an $4,328 average. It went to be at #1 at the box office with $63,106,589 with $15,559 average per theater.[9] As of March 19, 2009, it achieved a gross of $180,010,950 in the United States and Canada along with a gross of $422,297,228 in other regions adding to a worldwide gross total of $602,308,178.[1]

Awards and nominations

Broadcast Film Critics:

  • Best Animated Film (nominated)

Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2009

  • Favorite Animated Film[10]

Soundtrack

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa: Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack by Various artists
Released November 8, 2008 (2008-11-08)
Genre Rock
Pop
Label Interscope
Professional reviews
  1. "Once Upon A Time In Africa" by Hans Zimmer
  2. "The Traveling Song" by will.i.am
  3. "Party, Party, Party" by Hans Zimmer
  4. "I Like to Move It" by will.i.am
  5. "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Polka Version)" by Hans Zimmer
  6. "Big and Chunky" by will.i.am
  7. "Chums" by Hans Zimmer
  8. "New York, New York (Polka Version)" by Hans Zimmer
  9. "Volcano" by Hans Zimmer
  10. "Rescue Me" by Hans Zimmer
  11. "More than a Feeling" by Boston
  12. "She Loves Me" by will.i.am
  13. "Foofie" by Hans Zimmer
  14. "Copacabana (At the Copa)" by Barry Manilow
  15. "Monochromatic Friends" by Hans Zimmer
  16. "Best Friends" by will.i.am
  17. "Alex On The Spot" by Hans Zimmer and will.i.am

Enhanced Videos

  1. "I Like to Move It" by will.i.am
  2. "She Loves Me" by will.i.am
  3. "Big and Chunky" by will.i.am (DVD only)

Sequel

DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg confirmed that there will be an additional sequel to Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa. Katzenberg stated, "there is at least one more chapter. We ultimately want to see the characters make it back to New York."[11] At the Television Critics Association press tour, Katzenberg was asked if there will be a third film in the series. He replied, "Yes, we are making a Madagascar 3 now, and it will be out in the summer of 2012".[12]

Home release

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on February 6, 2009, along with the short film, The Penguins of Madagascar. In the first week at the DVD sales chart, Madagascar opened at #1, selling 1,681,938 units which translated to $27.09m in revenue.[13] As per the latest figures, 7,060,997 units have been sold, bringing in $102,791,511 in revenue. This does not include Blu-ray sales/DVD rentals.[14]

Video game

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Developer(s) Toys for Bob (PS3/X360/Wii)
Idolminds (PS2)
Aspyr Media (PC)
Griptonite Games (DS)
Publisher(s) Activision
Distributor(s) Activision Blizzard
Platform(s) PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Wii, Nintendo DS
Release date(s) NA November 4, 2008
Genre(s) TBC
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer
Rating(s) ESRB: E10+
Media Blu-ray Disc, DVD, Wii Optical Disc
Input methods SIXAXIS Controller, DualShock 3, DualShock 2, Xbox 360 Controller, Wii Remote, Keyboard, Mouse

A video game based on the film and the game of the original film, was made for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, PlayStation 2, Microsoft Windows, and Nintendo DS,[15] and released on November 4, 2008 in North America.[16] The video game's gameplay is similar to the first movie's video game with the same characters and moves, although the environment is in Africa. The Nintendo Channel released a playable demo of this game on the week of November 7, which shows one of the side-scrolling, Lemmings-esque levels in which the penguins of the series are the main characters.[17]

References

  1. ^ a b "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa". Box Office Mojo. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=madagascar2.htm. Retrieved 2009-03-08.  
  2. ^ "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Movie Reviews, Pictures". Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/madagascar_escape_2_africa/. Retrieved 2008-11-07.  
  3. ^ "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008):Reviews". Metacritic. http://www.metacritic.com/film/titles/madagascar2. Retrieved 2008-11-07.  
  4. ^ "Madagascar 2: Escape to Africa - Los Angeles Times". Los Angeles Times. http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/africa/la-et-madagascar7-2008nov07,0,2163957.story. Retrieved 2008-11-02.  
  5. ^ "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Movie Review - Roger Ebert". Chicago Sun-Times. 2008-11-05. http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081105/REVIEWS/811059991. Retrieved 2009-02-11.  
  6. ^ "Madagascar 2: Escape 2 Africa (2008)". http://www.decentfilms.com/sections/reviews/madagascar2.html.  
  7. ^ "Time to get these animals out of Africa". Philadelphia Inquirer. http://www.philly.com/inquirer/columnists/carrie_rickey/20081107_Time_to_get_these_animals_out_of_Africa.html. Retrieved 2008-11-07.  
  8. ^ "Review:'Madagascar 2: Escape to Africa'". http://www.newsday.com/services/newspaper/printedition/exploreli/ny-etleadmovie5913750nov07,0,6527117.story. Retrieved 2008-11-06.  
  9. ^ "Weekend Box Office Results from 11/7 - 11/9". Box Office Mojo. 2008-11-09. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/weekend/chart/?view=&yr=2008&wknd=45&p=.htm. Retrieved 2008-11-22.  
  10. ^ Verne Gay (March 29, 2009). "Nickelodeon: "Kids Choice Awards" Shock!". newsday.com. http://weblogs.newsday.com/entertainment/tv/blog/2009/03/nickelodeon_kids_choice_awards.html. Retrieved March 29, 2009.  
  11. ^ "Katzenberg Planning 3rd Madagascar, 2nd Kung Fu Panda". The Hollywood Reporter. http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=47990. Retrieved 2008-08-14.  
  12. ^ "DreamWorks Confirms Madagascar 3 is Coming - Katzenberg comments on when it will be released.". IGN Entertainment. 2009-01-09. http://movies.ign.com/articles/943/943429p1.html. Retrieved 2009-04-15.  
  13. ^ http://www.the-numbers.com/movies/2008/MADG2-DVD.php
  14. ^ http://www.the-numbers.com/movies/2008/MADG2-DVD.php
  15. ^ Adams, David (2005-11-17). "Activision Extends DreamWorks Deal". IGN. http://cube.ign.com/articles/667/667699p1.html. Retrieved 2007-05-30.  
  16. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Madagascar-2-Crate-Escape-Playstation-3/dp/B001AWFIU4
  17. ^ "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa :: DS Game Review". KidzWorld. http://www.kidzworld.com/article/15431-madagascar-escape-2-africa-ds-game-review. Retrieved 2009-03-09.  

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Simple English

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Directed by Eric Darnell
Tom McGrath
Produced by Mireille Soria
Mark Swift
Written by Eric Darnell
Tom McGrath
Starring Ben Stiller
Chris Rock
Jada Pinkett Smith
David Schwimmer
Sacha Baron Cohen
Cedric the Entertainer
Andy Richter
Bernie Mac
Sherri Shepherd
Alec Baldwin
will.i.am
Music by Hans Zimmer
will.i.am
Editing by Mark A. Hester
Distributed by DreamWorks
Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) November 7, 2008
Running time 89 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $150 million
Gross revenue $594,728,447
Preceded by Madagascar
Followed by Madagascar 3 (2012)

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is a 2008 sequel to the 2005 movie Madagascar about the continuing adventures of Alex the Lion, Gloria the Hippo, Marty the Zebra, and Melman the Giraffe. It is directed by Eric Darnell and written by Etan Cohen. It stars the voices of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith, David Schwimmer, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer and Andy Richter. Also providing voices are Alec Baldwin, will.i.am, Bernie Mac, Sherri Shepherd. It was produced by DreamWorks Animation and was released on November 7, 2008.

In the movie, the New York Zoo Animals, Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the Hippo, still stranded on Madagascar, started to leave the island. All of the sudden, they landed in the wilderness of Africa. There, Alex soon meet the rest of his family and starting to have trouble communicating with them after much of his time at the Central Park Zoo.

Cast

  • Ben Stiller as Alex
  • Chris Rock as Marty and other zebras
  • David Schwimmer as Melman
  • Jada Pinkett Smith as Gloria
  • Sacha Baron Cohen as King Julien XIII
  • Cedric the Entertainer as Maurice
  • Andy Richter as Mort
  • Elisa Gabrielli as Nana
  • Bernie Mac as Zuba
  • Alec Baldwin as Makunga
  • Sherri Shepherd as Florrie (credited as "Mom")
  • will.i.am as Moto Moto
  • Tom McGrath as Skipper
  • Chris Miller as Kowalski
  • John DiMaggio as Rico
  • Christopher Knights as Private
  • Conrad Vernon as Mason

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