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Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

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Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Release Date:Director: Writer: Starring:Studio/Run Time:Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa borrows so much of its plot from The Lion King that it’s fortunate it steers away from the drama of Disney’s film and heads straight for the funnies.Madagascar

The plane has only enough fuel to make it to the mainland, and the animals wind up back in their ancestral grounds, full of other lions, zebras, giraffes and hippos. It’s paradise found until the domesticated Alex realizes he’s more of a dancer than a fighter and is banished. But the meat on the skeleton bones of the plot is made up of sight gags, often-funny jokes and the delightful secondary characters that made the first film so fun. Even the film’s dramatic villain Makunga (Alec Baldwin)—as similar to Scar as you can get without getting sued—gives way to the film's comedic villain Nana, the elderly woman who beat up Alex in Madagascar. She’s a nemesis you love as she whips her fellow tourists into jungle-ready shape. Ethan Cohen co-wrote the script with directors Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath, and the quirkiness of the characters rises above the thinness of the story, to make for a fun—if not particularly rich—hour and a half for the kids.

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