A pack of not-so-wild animals experience some serious culture shock when they move from the Big Apple to the Mighty Jungle in this computer-animated comedy. Alex (voice of Ben Stiller) is a lion who enjoys a charmed life as one of the leading attractions at a zoo in New York City's Central Park. While Alex and his pals Marty the Zebra (voice of Chris Rock), Gloria the Hippo (voice of Jada Pinkett Smith), and Melman the Giraffe (voice of David Schwimmer) are happy with their lot in life, they occasionally have a certain curiosity about the outside world, and when the zoo's penguins decide to make a break for it, Marty follows them into the city. Alex, Gloria, and Melman set out to find Marty before he gets into trouble, but they're a bit too late, and soon the zookeepers have decided that the animals are restless and need to be returned to the wild. Soon the critters find themselves living on the coast of Madagascar, where they quickly discover they aren't quite suited for living in the wild. Madagascar
also features the voice talents of Cedric the Entertainer, Andy Richter, and Sacha Baron Cohen (aka Ali G).
Not only are those mischievous penguins the major scene stealers of the film Madagascar
, but they also managed to highjack all the best features on the DVD. Take the commentary. Now, you can always choose to watch Madagascar
with the informative commentary from directors Tom McGrath and Eric Darnell. But, given the option to watch the film with the one and only "Penguin Chat" feature length commentary, which are you going to choose-- the penguins or the filmmakers? Also included is the 10-minute animated short "The Penguins in a Christmas Caper." As the penguins prepare to celebrate Christmas they notice that Private (Christopher Knights) is missing. Never to leave one behind, Skipper (Tom McGrath) and the gang are off to rescue the young penguin, and as imagined, destructive and mischievous humor ensues. Not surprisingly, most of the extras on this DVD are geared toward kids. There is a plethora of games and activities included that are more silly and fun, then educational. But then again no one ever said Madagascar
was Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom
. Case in point--don't forget to shake your rump with the Madagascar Lemurs on the "I Like To Move It, Move It" music video. --Rob Bracco