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Madagascar: The Complete Collection (Madagascar / Madagascar Escape 2 Africa / The Penguins of Madagascar)

4.6 out of 5 stars 234 customer reviews

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Madagascar
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).

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Your favorite castaways are back – still together and still lost! One of the top movies of the year, DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is “even better than the first!” (Mark Hyman, FOX-TV). You’ll laugh out loud as this outrageous comedy takes you on an African adventure like no other.

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Madagascar
The penguins steal the show. In the sprightly Madagascar, a mid-life crisis inspires Marty the Zebra (voiced by Chris Rock) to escape from his lifelong home, a New York zoo. His equally pampered friends--Alex the Lion (Ben Stiller), Gloria the Hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith), and Melman the Giraffe (David Schwimmer)--then escape to bring him back. Unfortunately, their attempt at damage control persuades zoo officials that the animals are unhappy, so all four get shipped to an animal preserve in Kenya...only a squad of maniacal penguins change the destination to Antarctica. The quartet end up on an island where, in addition to meeting some hedonistic lemurs, they learn about the food chain--and that Alex is a different link on the chain from the other three. Madagascar doesn't achieve the snappy perfection of a Pixar movie, but it tops most other computer-animated efforts; the collision of friendship and predator instincts makes for an unusually gripping conflict. The vocal performances of the central characters is serviceable, but Sacha Baron Cohen (Da Ali G Show) provides topnotch lunacy as the lemur king, and the penguins--voiced mostly by the animators themselves--are the best thing in the movie. --Bret Fetzer

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
The sequel to the animated movie Madagascar gives more of everything audiences loved in the first movie: More of the penguins; more of Julian, king of the lemurs; more musical bits of classic rock; and many, many more lions, zebras, hippos, and giraffes. In the first film, a quartet of coddled zoo animals found themselves shipwrecked on the island of Madagascar in a misguided effort to return them to the wild. InMadagascar: Escape 2 Africa, a failed attempt to fly back to New York maroons Alex the lion (voiced by Ben Stiller), Marty the zebra (Chris Rock), Gloria the hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith), and Melman the giraffe (David Schwimmer) in an animal preserve on the African continent, accompanied by the four deranged penguins and the lunatic lemur king (deliriously voiced by Sacha Baron Cohen, Borat). By wild coincidence, this is where Alex was born--and where his father is still the alpha lion, and where his malevolent uncle seeks to take over (let's call this an homage to The Lion King). The other beasts have their own story arcs, but really it's all an excuse for daffy comic bits. Though the result is disposable, it's also entirely entertaining. The action sequences pop with dizzying spectacle; though some jokes are mainstream fodder, more often they're surprisingly quirky and engagingly oddball. This is the best kind of cotton candy filmmaking--it dissolves into nothing, but it's oh-so-sweet to the taste. --Bret Fetzer

Special Features

- Filmmakers' Commentary
- It's a Family Affair: The Cast of Escape 2 Africa
- The Making of Escape 2 Africa
- Jambo Jambo: Swahili Speak
- "Move It, Move It" Music Video
- "Big and Chunky" Music Video
- Alex's Dance Off
- Test Flight of Air Penguin Game

And much more!

Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Dreamworks Animated
  • DVD Release Date: February 6, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (234 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001NXDHOO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,292 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By E. Horton on December 25, 2009
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I bought this for my husband for Christmas because he loves the Penguins. I just wanted to point out for those that have written that the Penguin Christmas Caper is not included, it actually is. It is a special feature on the first DVD 'Madagascar'. It is a short (10-15 minute) cartoon, but it is definitely there, we watched it earlier today.
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I have a 2 year old and she is obsessed with Madagascar! And the best part is that I love it too! We enjoy watching this DVD together and have lots of laughs and giggles with all the characters :-)
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I've seen all of these movies and found it easier to give as a gift in this convienent pack as it was harder to find disks 1 and 2 together in my local stores.
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I love this movie. Funny & sweet. Sequels aren't always very good, but Madagascar 2 is just as good as the first if not better. And the penguin cartoons are really funny. Great idea to package these 3 together. Good gift for a wide range of ages.
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My grandson loves these movies! This has become a favorite, I am glad there is more than one, because we end up watching them over and over again.
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These movies are such innocent fun from year old babies, (like my son), to the grandparents who will likely enjoy the quality time!Well worth buying and rewatching!
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If you love all 3 Madagascars like I do, this is for you. All 3 in a nice, neat little box that takes up hardly any more room than a regular single blu ray case does. The blu rays are quite good (although I'm not the type who looks at his screen through a magnifying glass looking for "artifacts" or whatever to complain about) - as far as I'm concerend the imagery was what you should expect - noticeably better than the older DVD versions - better detail, sharper images, more color depth.
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My wife and I were recently at the movies together. We saw the trailer for "Madagascar 3." I immediately broke into peals of laughter based on my memories of the first two movies in the series. My wife has seen none of them. I bought this boxed set as much for her as I did for myself. You've got to have the back story before the new one comes out this summer. Buy it, watch it, enjoy it. Beware of those pesky penguins.
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