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Madagascar [Blu-ray] (2005)

Chris Rock , Ben Stiller , Tom McGrath , Eric Darnell  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (520 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen
  • Directors: Tom McGrath, Eric Darnell
  • Writers: Tom McGrath, Eric Darnell, Billy Frolick, Mark Burton
  • Format: AC-3, Animated, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Dubbed: French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Dreamworks Animated
  • DVD Release Date: September 23, 2008
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (520 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AII4TA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,709 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Madagascar [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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195 of 209 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh Out Loud Funny May 31, 2005
I have to admit I was underwhelmed by the ads for "Madagascar", it just didn't look that good. But my kids were anxious to see it so I dragged myself into the theater on Saturday ready to see another kiddie movie along the lines of "Shark Tale" or "Home on the Range". I did not expect to enjoy the movie as much as my seven year old....if not more. "Madagascar" is not only a great animated film and packs as many laughs into it's hour and half as either "Shrek" movie did, "Madagascar" is just a great comedy. There were several times in the movie that were just laugh out loud funny, the scene with the Penguins in Antarctica was worth the price of admission for me! There are plenty of jokes aimed at an older audience, like the reference to "The Twilight Zone" episode "How to Serve Man". The story is great and the characters are really fun. The visuals are stunning and the animation is top-notch. Add all that together with a great soundtrack, and I think "Madagascar" is a great way to kick off the summer movie season. This one ranks right up there with "The Incredibles" and "Shrek".
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for the family... May 27, 2005
Madagascar is a cute and funny movie. Parents and kids were laughing through most of the movie. (there was an little while where the story gets boring.) But, I love the penguins and the fact that they are always so sneaky; they really steal the show from the main characters. If you have kids this is a definite must see, we had kids laughing the whole time and most loved the bright colors, music and especially dancing. You saw a lot of little kids dancing in their chairs. People without kids or older kids will also enjoy the movie as it has a lot of jokes for adults to keep us entertained and laughing; the bright colors are also great for us as well as the dancing and music. I felt this cartoon lived up to its previews and the way it was perceived. My only hope is if they do a 2nd one that they include more of those sneaky penguins.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing Fun for Young and Old May 31, 2005
Recent animated efforts have tried to create 3-D characters and environments, but the filmmakers have wisely chosen another course for "Madagascar". Adopting a stylized form of animation, the film looks like a living picture book. Everything is cartoonier than we are used to. Alex, Marty and Melman are still rendered in 3-D, but they are not lifelike and appear to be adapted from a children's book, actually adding to the humor. These characters look like stuffed animals and its funny to watch little kids carrying a small toy of Alex home after their visit to the zoo. They seem more believable as zoo animals and they are certainly cute as the dickens.

In all animated films today, a certain level of irreverence, of zaniness is expected. "Madagascar" doesn't reach the heights of the "Shrek" films, but it comes darn close. Everything from Tom Wolfe to "The Twilight Zone", "American Beauty" to "The Planet of the Apes" is parodied in the film. Most of the kids won't get these jokes and the filmmakers know that. They are included for the adults, to keep them interested in the story. The mark of a great animated film is if both adults and children enjoy the experience. For instance, "The Incredibles" was a fantastic blend of story, action, character and humor which will continue to delight people of all ages. "Madagascar" has a very funny story, great characters, and a lot of humor. On a couple of occasions, the story was a little slow, but I think all of the other areas more than compensate for any shortcomings. And adults will laugh at many of the jokes, probably more so than the kids in the audience.

Ben Stiller and Chris Rock are very good. David Schwimmer seems to be injecting a lot of Ross from "Friends" into the role of Melman, not very original but it works.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A genuinely enjoyable and colourful watch July 11, 2006
By Frodo
Format:DVD
Over recent years, Dreamworks have produced a string of films aimed to entertain young children. However with the exception of "Shrek," to the older audience, their films are somewhat lame and bland. But after watching "Madagascar," for which I had low expectations, even I had to admit that Dreamworks did a mighty good job. I sat down with my younger sister (who I'll add ADORES this film) and I chuckled and smiled my way through this surprisingly charming Dreamworks success.

Marty (voiced by Chris Rock) is an ambitious zebra who has spent the past decade cramped in Central Park's New York City zoo. Unlike his best friend Alex, who, ironically, is a lion (Ben Stiller), Marty dreams to live in the wide open spaces of "the wild." In the film's introduction we also meet Melmen, a giraffe who is a hyperchondriac ("Friends"' David Schwimmer) and Gloria, a self-assured hippopotamus (Jada Pinkett Smith). In an amusing twist of events, the four friends manage to escape the confinds of the zoo. To Marty's delight and Alex's sheer horror, they consequently land themselves on ship to a game reserve in Africa. In ANOTHER twist of events, they then become stranded on the island of Madagascar. The film then takes an interesting turn when Alex's carivorous instinct soon threatens his friendship with Marty, thus encouraging Marty to make the ultimate decision between his dream and his friendship.

I actually thought the storyline of "Madagascar," was quite well-shaped and original. All animals, even those demosticated always carry with them those instincts and abilities that help them survive in the unforgiving wilderness. I want to really commend the film for their interesting exploration of this concept.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Animated films.
I love this movie. Alex and his friends lived in the central park zoo. They were sent away to Madagascar when everyone thinks they escaped from the zoo. Read more
Published 1 hour ago by Ivan Velazquez
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
This was a purchase for my nephew who truly loves the Madagascar movies. He was totally thrilled with this movie
Published 20 hours ago by Tammy Cackowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Changer
It's not easy to explain my affection for this series, but I can very easily vouch my favorite of the trilogy being the original. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Peter Suthard
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever, cute, fun for all ages
My whole family enjoyed this film -- even the hardcore action junkies. This film is wonderfully entertaining. A special treat for animal lovers, film buffs, and comedy fans.
Published 9 days ago by Gottareadbooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun for all ages
I love this movie, great team of acting talent. I've seen this movie a million times and never gets old. Garunteed fun for any age.
Published 27 days ago by Lis M
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun for the kids
Great film for the kids. Not as much in it for adults, like in Shrek or some other animated films. but still enjoyable. Also bought the II and III sequels. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Lee Posey
5.0 out of 5 stars Boys love it!
My 4 years old cannot get enough of this movie. They think it hilarious that the lion talks about liking "chunky" meat and the monkeys fling "poo". Read more
Published 28 days ago by Rachelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it now
It deserves a 5 star review. It shipped within a day and 1/2. My 3 year old loves it! The price was great.
Published 1 month ago by Beth LaFountain
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Buy!
This is just as good as the first ones and my grandson watches it all the time. No scratches, plays great!
Published 1 month ago by sheree
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute movie.
My son loves this movie. He watches it over and over. Fortunately, its catchy enough that I don't get too tired of it.
Published 1 month ago by Lacretia82
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