Madagascar 3 - Europe's Most Wanted (2012)

Madagascar 3 - Europe's Most Wanted
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Mild violence and crude humour

Directors: Eric Darnell, Tom Mcgrath, Conrad Vernon
Actors: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric The Entertainer, Andy Richter, Tom Mcgrath, Frances McDormand, Jessica Chastain, Bryan Cranston, Martin Short, Conrad Vernon, Vinnie Jones, Paz Vega

Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple. Their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent - Madagascar style.

DVD
Status: QuickPick
Run time: 93mins
Origin: UNITED STATES
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Audio Formats: English Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:
Family circus
by Jess Lomas,

There’s a new expectation when it comes to animated pictures, thanks largely to Pixar’s cross-generational humour, that both an adult and child can enjoy the same story up on the screen. DreamWorks’ Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted does not fit into this mould, and whilst it provides high energy, bright colours, and lots of action for the little ones, supervising adults may find themselves checking their watch. We pick up with Alex the lion (Ben Stiller), Marty the zebra (Chris Rock), Melman the giraffe (David Schwimmer), and Gloria the hippopotamus (Jada Pinkett Smith) in Africa, having been abandoned by the penguins and their monkey slaves who have since moved on to Monte Carlo. Desperate to return to the Central Park Zoo in New York City, the group set out to find the penguins and fl...

There’s a new expectation when it comes to animated pictures, thanks largely to Pixar’s cross-generational humour, that both an adult and child can enjoy the same story up on the screen. DreamWorks’ Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted does not fit into this mould, and whilst it provides high energy, bright colours, and lots of action for the little ones, supervising adults may find themselves checking their watch.

We pick up with Alex the lion (Ben Stiller), Marty the zebra (Chris Rock), Melman the giraffe (David Schwimmer), and Gloria the hippopotamus (Jada Pinkett Smith) in Africa, having been abandoned by the penguins and their monkey slaves who have since moved on to Monte Carlo. Desperate to return to the Central Park Zoo in New York City, the group set out to find the penguins and fly home. Their plan hits a snag when Captain Chantel DuBois (Frances McDormand) sets her sights on Alex for her prized wall of taxidermy animal heads, and the plane crashes and falls to pieces. The group finds refuge in a travelling circus where they help the performers create a fresh act in the hope of winning a contract to perform in NYC; their ride home.

The new cast of wacky characters includes the temperamental tiger Vitaly (Bryan Cranston), Gia the jaguar (Jessica Chastain) and sea lion Stefano (Martin Short), who is a blessed scene-stealer and saver. There’s also the mute bear Sonya, who captures the affections of King Julien (Sacha Baron Cohen) and provides some of the movie's more natural and charming moments.

With three directors - Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath, and Conrad Vernon - and two screenwriters - Darnell and Noah Baumbach - on board, the end result feels jam packed with gags and too many ideas. High energy is one thing but Madagascar 3 takes this concept to a new level, using some clever 3-D to really engage the audience. Darnell, McGrath, and Vernon are DreamWorks veterans, having a joint resume that includes Monsters vs. Aliens, Megamind, and several Madagascars, and their signature style is all over this. Surprisingly, having Baumbach onboard brought little of the wit we saw in his Fantastic Mr. Fox screenplay, and the choice of his involvement is puzzling. With plenty of sight gags, current pop tunes and exaggerated characters, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted is a stimulating and colourful film for kids (and kids only).

3/5

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Member Reviews (33)

Pretty entertaining :)
Posted Thursday, 30 January 2014 See my other reviews
Kat Skarbek
says
I was expecting something along the lines of the previous 2 films - the first of which was brilliant, the second a little less so, so I didn't have high hopes. My kids absolutely loved this movie (and watched it over and over again) and which the adults thoroughly enjoyed. A great family movie with lots of fun characters and plenty of colour and excitement in the new storyline. Highly recommended for kids anywhere from 3 up.
Posted Friday, 3 January 2014 See my other reviews
Jen
says
Good but not as good as 2
Posted Tuesday, 15 October 2013 See my other reviews
Not as good as the first 2 movies. The music was great!
Posted Thursday, 10 October 2013 See my other reviews
Wendy
says
My grand children loved this movie so much that they watched it over and over again.
Posted Wednesday, 21 August 2013 See my other reviews
Annie
says
Great story, script and cast, just like the previous 2 Madagascar Movies. Very funny and entertaining. We watched it several times
Posted Tuesday, 20 August 2013 See my other reviews
Michelle
says
Kids loved it
Posted Saturday, 22 June 2013 See my other reviews
Derek
says
A great kids Movie. You would need to see the previous ones to get some of the jokes.
Posted Wednesday, 27 March 2013 See my other reviews
beaut movie...my visitors,their children & I loved it !!!
Posted Sunday, 17 March 2013 See my other reviews
joffa
says
great disney/pixar watch.......... again. They have once more paved the way for great family entertainment suitable for the whole family. highly recomended
Posted Friday, 15 March 2013 See my other reviews
Mary B
says
Kids' movie, tolerable
Posted Sunday, 10 March 2013 See my other reviews
Purplesue
says
For me this one had a few funny moments, but all in all, still not as good as the first one! Disappointed
Posted Saturday, 9 March 2013 See my other reviews
grinnis
says
It's just not as good as the previous 2, just feels like its dragging on with no real story at some point.
Posted Thursday, 28 February 2013 See my other reviews
Lisa
says
loved it.....
Posted Monday, 25 February 2013 See my other reviews
kids loved it
Posted Tuesday, 19 February 2013 See my other reviews
sp
says
Yep loved it! All the Madagascar's are fabulous!
Posted Sunday, 17 February 2013 See my other reviews
Gordon
says
Wouldn't bother with this one. Better to re-watch the first one. Struggling to understand the rave reviews.
Posted Sunday, 10 February 2013 See my other reviews
DaveD
says
Thoroughly enjoyable
Posted Thursday, 7 February 2013 See my other reviews
Jess
says
Still pretty funny even though its the 3rd movie, all voices are hilarious.
Posted Monday, 4 February 2013 See my other reviews
Tim
says
A great finish to the Madagascar trilogy. This movie kept the whole family entertained. There is so much going on that repeated viewings are required. The end song is one of the catchest ever.
Posted Saturday, 2 February 2013 See my other reviews
andrea
says
wonderful,just great.Not many sequels are just as good as the first.Funny and entertaining.Kids watched it over and over.
Posted Friday, 1 February 2013 See my other reviews
MH
says
my kids loved it
Posted Thursday, 31 January 2013 See my other reviews
This was very funny watched with grandchildren aged 5 and they laughed thought was great
Posted Wednesday, 30 January 2013 See my other reviews
Deb R
says
My daughter didn't like this one as much as the others
Posted Friday, 25 January 2013 See my other reviews
Nick
says
Kids wanted to watch straight away so we did, its made for kids and they said it was the best one yet, a once only watch for us grown ups however.
Posted Thursday, 24 January 2013 See my other reviews
Adam
says
Fun love the circus acts. The Siberian Tiger was great.As good as the others.
Posted Wednesday, 23 January 2013 See my other reviews
Kylie
says
My kids who are 10. 7 and 4 said it was "the best one yet"
Posted Tuesday, 22 January 2013 See my other reviews
darthdorian
says
i always wondered why they wanted to go back to the zoo......madagascar, lush green. africa, home and others of the same species. this one is the best one of the franchise
Posted Monday, 21 January 2013 See my other reviews
Maddy
says
i was also disappointed with this movie. it is nowhere near as good as the other two. it was still fun and enjoyable.
Posted Monday, 21 January 2013 See my other reviews
David Williams
says
Great for the whole family
Posted Saturday, 19 January 2013 See my other reviews
Hughbow
says
Really enjoyed this. The kids have watched and watched it about 5 times.
Posted Friday, 18 January 2013 See my other reviews
Deb
says
A disapointing movie, especially considering the others were so good. The characters were boring with no development and instead of focussing on the old favourites, the focus was on new, lame characters. The animations wasn't very good considering what's possible. There's almost no effort been put into the story. Sure there's a few laughs but it's not worth wasting 90 minutes for them. There are must better animated movies out there so aviod this one.
Posted Friday, 18 January 2013 See my other reviews
Jack
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Best Madagascar Yet
Posted Thursday, 10 January 2013 See my other reviews
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