Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

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Director: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath, Conrad Vernon

Cast: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath, Conrad Vernon, Ben Stiller

     
 

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The third entry in the Madagascar franchise finds the tightknit group of animals joining a traveling circus in order to get back home. Noah Baumbach provides the script, with Eric Darnell handling director duties. Ben Stiller, See more details below

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The third entry in the Madagascar franchise finds the tightknit group of animals joining a traveling circus in order to get back home. Noah Baumbach provides the script, with Eric Darnell handling director duties. Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Sacha Baron Cohen reprise the voice roles, with Frances McDormand stepping in as the villain.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Movies, like people, benefit from a great first impression, and the animated sequel Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted certainly leads with its strongest sequence. Opening with an elaborate chase scene through Monte Carlo, the filmmakers keep adding physical and verbal gags with dizzying confidence until the sequence establishes its own laws of physics -- like when the Road Runner could hover in the air forever while Wile E. Coyote would plummet to the ground. It's arguably the best sustained bit in any of the Madagascar films, and it builds up such good will that we can forgive the rest of the picture for never matching it. The story this time around is that dear friends Alex the Lion (voice of Ben Stiller), Marty the Zebra (Chris Rock), Melman the Giraffe (David Schwimmer), and Gloria the Hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith) leave Madagascar and wind up in Europe, where they are chased by Captain Chantal DuBois (Frances McDormand), a police officer whose greatest joy is mounting the heads of animals she's killed on her office walls. The menagerie hide out in a circus train, and they eventually decide to buy the company and put on a show so entertaining that they will be booked to perform in New York City, finally allowing them to return home. With a co-screenwriting credit by Noah Baumbach, you might expect something different from the third film in this successful franchise, but the result is more of a consolidation than a reinvention. The jokes are better, the characters' emotional arcs give everything a solid foundation, and the voice actors who are new to the series (McDormand, Martin Short, Bryan Cranston) all bring fresh energy to a cinematic universe that looked to be creatively spent halfway through Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa. Dreamworks has three very different animated tentpoles. The fractured fairy-tale Shrek films have made billions of dollars worldwide, the Kung Fu Panda movies are the studio's most artistically successful, and the Madagascar franchise falls somewhere in between those two. With comic talents like Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, and Sacha Baron Cohen, these movies have a higher bar to clear than the average family film. It would be easy for everyone to coast through these films, but Cohen is as uninhibited -- if markedly less dangerous -- here as he is in his own starring vehicles, and Rock has never had a better vehicle for transferring his stand-up skills to the big screen. These movies meet our expectations -- occasionally providing a few moments of unexpected, smart hilarity -- but nothing more. Audiences would have been rightfully exhausted had the film tried to maintain the manic energy of its first big scene, but if the creative team had managed to get close to it a few more times, they would have had a standout movie. As it is, Madagascar 3 is satisfying without ever aiming for greatness.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/16/2012
UPC:
0097361169941
Original Release:
2012
Rating:
PG
Source:
Dreamworks Animated
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:33:00
Sales rank:
8,836

Special Features

Closed Caption; Big top cast; High-flying deleted scenes; Mad music mash-up; Filmmakers' commentary

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ben Stiller Alex
Chris Rock Marty
David Schwimmer Melman
Jada Pinkett Smith Gloria
Sacha Baron Cohen Julien
Cedric the Entertainer Maurice
Andy Richter Mort
Tom McGrath Skipper,First Policeman
Frances McDormand Captain Chantal Dubois
Jessica Chastain Gia
Bryan Cranston Vitaly
Martin Short Stefano
Chris Miller Kowalski
Christopher Knights Private
Conrad Vernon Mason,Second Policeman
Vinnie Jones Freddie the Dog
Steve Jones Jonesy the Dog
Nick Fletcher Frankie the Dog
Paz Vega Horses
Frank Welker Sonya
Danny Jacobs Croupier,Circus Master
Dan O'Connor Casino Security,Mayor of New York City
Eric Darnell Comandante,Zoo Official,Zoo Announcer
Stephen Kearin Fourth Policeman
Emily Nordwind Zoo Official
Asucena Jimenez Kid in Crowd

Technical Credits
Eric Darnell Director,Screenwriter
Tom McGrath Director
Conrad Vernon Director
Kendal Cronkhite-Shaindlin Production Designer
Holly Edwards Associate Producer
Leslee Feldman Casting
Will E. Files Sound/Sound Designer
Nick Fletcher Editor
Christi Soper Hilt Casting
Shannon Jeffries Art Director
Dinesh Krishnan-Nair Production Manager
Noah Baumbach Screenwriter
Mireille Soria Producer
Claudia SouthMartin Production Manager
Mark Swift Producer
Billy Weber Editor
Hans Zimmer Score Composer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
1. Scene 1 [5:16]
2. Scene 2 [5:35]
3. Scene 3 [8:53]
4. Scene 4 [8:03]
5. Scene 5 [5:00]
6. Scene 6 [7:43]
7. Scene 7 [6:15]
8. Scene 8 [5:08]
9. Scene 9 [6:54]
10. Scene 10 [1:28]
11. Scene 11 [3:55]
12. Scene 12 [6:40]
13. Scene 13 [4:30]
14. Scene 14 [5:39]
15. Scene 15 [1:38]
16. Scene 16 [10:35]

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