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  • Summary: All the loveable characters are back - Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo, King Julien, Maurice and the penguins - in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa. Left marooned on the distant shores of Madagascar, the New Yorkers have hatched a plan so crazy it just might work. With military precision, the penguins have repaired an old crashed plane - sort of. Once aloft, this unlikely crew stays airborne just enough to make it to the wildest place of all - the vast plains of Africa itself - where our zoo-raised crew encounter species of their own kind for the very first time. While discovering their roots, they quickly realize the difference between the concrete jungle and the heart of Africa. Despite long-lost relatives, romantic rivals and scheming hunters, Africa seems like a "crack-a-lackin" great place... but is it better than their Central Park home? [Dreamworks] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. 88
    The outcomes of all the mini-dramedies are too messy and equivocal to produce morals; that's just as it should be in a farce about confusion. Co-directors Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath are most intent on completing the circle of comedy.
  2. The film shoehorns in every memorable character from the original film.
  3. A nice surprise, surpassing the quality of the first film.
  4. Reviewed by: Theresa Everline
    67
    Young children will enjoy this piece of sweet cartoon candy.
  5. Dilutes the idea some by giving every four-legged hero a story arc. And there's not enough of the first movie's super-erudite monkeys. Yet the sitcom-style silliness is still there, and it's nice to see that the old "grin or frown as you wave a hand across your face" joke still has cross-generational, and cross-species, appeal.
  6. 50
    A by-the-numbers follow-up to the highly successful 2005 feature that was no great shakes to begin with.
  7. 25
    When it comes to time-wasting memory games, crossword puzzles are more fun than this movie.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
  1. Aug 5, 2013
    9
    I think is better than preguel and sequel- more touching, less weird humor and animation is somehow better. Only what i hate is huge reference to Lion King, but otherwise, is fun for whole family Expand
  2. Aug 27, 2011
    8
    I thought that this would be worse than the original, and I was so wrong. I was laughing like a mad person throughout the whole movie. The sequences launching the plane are hysterical. The script is unbelievable good, and the plot is also well imagined. The bird-helicopter reminded me of 'Chicken Run', but it's no big deal. A great animated movie. Recommended. Expand
  3. Jan 29, 2012
    6
    A lot better than its predecessor but not well executed ans still has a whole bunch of the main flaws the first one had, but it is a well animated film and children will enjoy it. I give this movie 62%. Expand
  4. Mar 8, 2014
    6
    Personally, I enjoyed the first one more. But it comes really close. The sequel is still pretty silly but it's also quite funny. If they could mix the consistency of humor and action better, it would have been great. Expand
  5. Jul 4, 2013
    5
    "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" is a fun tale that is certainly enjoyable to watch, but it's story may feel similar to the first, and does lack in alot of qualities that the best animated fare have to offer. Expand
  6. Nov 30, 2011
    4
    Why Dreamworks? Why? The first film is so much better, nothing is really that funny in this film, it seems a lot less sophisticated than the first. An amazing disappointment. Expand
  7. Aug 17, 2012
    3
    Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is a limp relative to the original Madagascar. The jokes aren't as funny and the plot isn't as interesting. Not much to say beyond that. The penguins are still funny, though. Expand

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