Published January 19, 2019


Film info

  • Title Madagascar
  • Directors Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath
  • Year 2005
  • Run time 1hr 26m
  • Genres Animation, Family
  • Tagline Someone's got a zoo loose

Move it! Move it! 4 pampered animals from New York's Central Park Zoo find themselves shipwrecked on the exotic island of Madagascar, and discover it really IS a jungle out there! Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer and Jada Pinkett Smith lead an all-star cast of hilarious animals, including four mischievous penguins and legions of lemurs. It's a film that you'll go wild for again and again!

Live blog

Time Comment
2:32 I know this is a cartoon but do animals have treadmills in zoos?
4:08 Well, this is making me want to play Zoo Tycoon.
7:36 The zoo is “some whacked out conspiracy.”
10:37 “The penguins are psychotic.”
15:56 I wouldn’t be able to sleep with a blinkin’ parrot squawking either.
20:09 Hippo riding the subway is perfect.
24:09 Also loving Hippo Liberty.
27:42 I can totally see why the penguins got their own movie. Best thing in it.
34:22 San Diego zoo, like off of Marcel.
37:44 “We should have bought chips and dip.”
42:28 “Can you not see that you have insulted the freak?”
42:44 New York Giants!
54:47 Loving the door for no reason and the roof that opens even though they’re inches from outside anyway.
1:00:28 The lion has gone completely crazy.
1:09:15 Penguin putting on suncream.
1:13:11 “What’s the plan?’ “This is the plan!”


This is the weakest of the animations we’ve watched so far - both story-wise and in terms of visuals. Having already enjoyed the Penguins movie, I was naturally disappointed about how much the penguins featured in this, they were the stars of the show and criminally underused.

The rest of it was all a bit underwhelming. It went crazy in places, I wasn’t a big fan of the Madagascar natives and for some reason I feel uncomfortable about the hook of the story being that the lion is obeying his natural instincts in wanting to eat meat.

I can totally understand the penguin spin-off but how did this get two more sequels?

Rating: 2 / 5

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