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Madagascar (Widescreen Edition) (2005)

Chris Rock , Ben Stiller , Tom McGrath , Eric Darnell  |  PG |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (577 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tom McGrath
  • Directors: Tom McGrath, Eric Darnell, Gary Trousdale
  • Writers: Tom McGrath, Eric Darnell, Billy Frolick, Mark Burton, Michael Lachance
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Animated, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Dreamworks Animated
  • DVD Release Date: November 15, 2005
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (577 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JNX0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,384 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Madagascar (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Hear the very first-ever Penguin Commentary as they give you their unique take on the film!
  • Escape with untamed games and jungle activities for the whole family!
  • Get the inside scoop with "Behind the Crates,""The Tech of Madagascar," and "Mad Mishaps"
  • Help the Penguins "Crack the Code" for a special surprise!

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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).

Additional Features

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

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198 of 212 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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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 32 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
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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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