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

Production: Dreamworks
  4 wins & 31 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.9
Metacritic:
57
Rotten Tomatoes:
55%
PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Year:
2005
86
$193,136,719
Website
1,293 Views

Alex:
Ow, my head! [bumps his head on the top of his crate] What the-- I'm in a box! Oh no! Not the box! Oh no, they can't transfer ME! NOT ME! I can't breathe, can't breathe! Darkness creeping in. I can't breathe. Walls closing in around me! So alone. So alone--

Marty:
Alex? Alex, are you there?

Alex:
Marty?

Marty:
Yeah! Talk to me, bud!

Alex:
Oh, Marty, you're here!

Marty:
What's going on? Are you okay?

Alex:
This doesn't look good, Marty.

Gloria:
Alex, Marty, is that you?

Marty:
Gloria!

Alex:
You're here, too!

Marty':
I am lovin' the sound of your voice!

Gloria:
What is going on?

Alex:
We're all in crates!

Gloria:
Oh, no! What--

Melman:
Man, sleeping just knocks me out.

Alex:
Melman!

Gloria:
Are you okay?

Melman:
Yeah. I often doze off while I'm getting an MRI.

Alex:
Melman, you're not getting an MRI!

Melman:
CAT scan?

Alex:
No! No CAT scan! It's a transfer! It's a zoo transfer!

Melman:
Zoo transfer?! No, I can't be transferred. I have an appointment with Dr. Goldberg at 5:00. There are prescriptions that have to be filled! No other zoo can afford my medical care, and I am NOT going HMO!

Marty:
Take it easy, Melman. We are gonna be o-kiz-ay!

Alex:
No, Marty, we're not gonna be o-kiz-ay. Now, because of you, we're ruined!

Marty:
Excuse me, I fail to see how this is my fault.

Gloria:
You're kidding, right, Marty?

Alex:
You! You ticked off the people! You bit the hand, Marty! You bit the hand! "I don't know who I am! I don't know who I am! I gotta go find myself in the WILD!"

Marty:
Hey hey.

Alex:
Oh please.

Marty:
I did not ask you to come after me did I?

Melman:
He does have a point.

Alex:
What?

Melman:
I did say we should have stayed at the zoo but, you guys--

Alex:
Melman, just shut it! You're the one who gave him this idea in the first place!

Gloria:
Alex, would you just leave Melman out of this, please!

Melman:
Thank you, Gloria. Besides, it's not my fault that we were transferred!

Gloria:
Melman, shut it. Does anyone feel nauseous?

Melman:
I feel nauseous.

Alex:
Melman, you always feel nauseous.

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