A zebra escapes from the New York Central Zoo in a desperate attempt to find wilderness; he’s reluctantly joined by his best friends. Not all computer-animated movies turn out great, it would seem. This one suffers from lazy writing, with very few good jokes and unimaginative references to other movies. The animation isn’t so hot either. Still, kids might go for it (they might also confuse it with Ice Age). My personal favorites are the British monkeys, the cunning penguins and Sacha Baron Cohen as the cheerfully silly king Julian.

2005-U.S. Animated. 86 min. Color. Directed by Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath. Voices of Ben Stiller (Alex), Chris Rock (Marty), David Schwimmer (Melman), Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer… Andy Richter.

Trivia: Followed by two sequels, starting with Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008), an animated TV series, The Penguins of Madagascar (2008-2015), and a spin-off movie, Penguins of Madagascar (2014).


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