Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (2012) Trailer

You have seen the teaser for Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, now check out the full trailer. The film opens on June 8, 2012.

Sacha Baron Cohen Spills Ashes Onto Ryan Seacrest

One of the highlights at Oscar 2012 was when Sacha Baron Cohen spilled ashes onto Ryan Seacrest to show him how “The Dictator” gets the job done.

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (2012) Teaser Trailer

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted is the sequel to Madagascar 2. Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the Hippo are stucked in Monaco and in an effort to get back home to New York, they join a traveling circus. Directed by Eric Darnell and starring the voice of Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Sacha Baron Cohen, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted opens on June 8, 2012.

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008) – Movie Review

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa a.k.a. Madagascar 2 is the sequel to the 2005 film, Madagascar starring the voice of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith, David Schwimmer, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer and Andy Richter. The film also featured the voice of will.i.am, Alec Baldwin and Bernie Mac.

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa a.k.a. Madagascar 2
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa a.k.a. Madagascar 2

The movie begins in the past, where Zuba (Bernie Mac), the leader of a lion pride, teaches his infant son, Alakay (Alex) how to protect himself by showing him how to fight. Somehow, Alakay is lured and trapped by the hunters, and even though Zuba chases the hunters, he loses track of his son. Alakay’s crate falls into a river and drifts to New York City where he is put on display in the Central Park Zoo.

The movie then fast forward to the present, picking up where Madagascar left off. Alex, Marty, Melman, and Gloria are boarding an airplane that will be catapulted with a gigantic slingshot. King Julien and Maurice join with them while Mort (Andy Richter) is not welcomed but somehow managed to stick to the plane. Half-way through the trip, the penguins discover they run out of fuel, but manage an emergency crash landing in an African wildlife reserve. They all meet their own species, while the penguins stay at the crash site and repair the plane with the aid of some monkeys.

Alex inadvertently reunites with his dad Zuba and mother Florrie (Sherri Shepherd). Zuba’s rival Makunga (Alec Baldwin) intends to make use Alex in order to steal the throne for himself. Alex is tricked by Makunga into choosing Teetsi, an exceedingly large lion as an opponent in his trial for membership in the pride. Alex misinterprets the test for a dance-off, and is easily defeated. Makunga assumes the throne when Zuba, despite his disappointment with Alex, refuses to banish his son, and is himself banished along with his wife.

Meanwhile, Marty joins a herd of zebras, but discovers that each of the zebras is exactly like him, which makes him feels not so unique anymore. Gloria meets Moto Moto (Will.i.am) as a potential mate. Melman becomes a giraffe herd’s new witch doctor and treats animals with diseases and wounds. His new friends convince him he has “Witch Doctor’s Disease” and has only two more days to live.

Alex and Melman talk over their problems with a zebra they think is Marty. Marty arrives and takes offense that Alex cannot tell him from one of his “clones”. Gloria realizes that Moto Moto is only attracted to her because she is fat. Melman makes the best of his remaining hours by facing Moto Moto and telling him to take care of Gloria for all the great qualities he himself sees in her, which moves Gloria and other female hippos.

When the waterhole dries up, all the animals become scare. Alex volunteers to find the location where the water is clogged and set out of the reserve area. While at it, he makes up with Marty, who goes with him. They trace it to a dam that New York vacationers led by Nana the Old Lady had built to support themselves off the reserve after getting their jeeps hijacked by the Penguins. Alex is caught by the humans, but Zuba rushes in in the nick of time. Alex performs the dance he had done in the zoo, and the humans recognize him as the same one the zoo. Zuba realizes the importance of Alex’s gift and joins in with him as well.

Meanwhile, King Julian proposes the animals make a sacrifice to a volcano to bring the water back, and Melman volunteers since he thinks he’s going to die anyway. Just before he jumps into the volcano, Gloria runs in and asks Melman about his confessions. Marty then arrives, and reports that Alex has been captured by the humans. Gloria and Melman head off the reserve with the Penguins using the repaired airplane. Despite Nana’s efforts to defend the dam, the penguins destroy it, and the water is brought back to the waterhole. Concurrently, Mort arrives at the volcano, still pursued by a shark all the right from the ocean. The shark inadvertently sacrifices himself, falling into the volcano just as the now undammed river restores the water hole. Julian thinks god has responded to the sacrifice despite an initial uncertainty on whether god likes seafood.

Makunga is kicked out from the throne after Alex tricks him into taking Nana’s handbag. Zuba offers to give Alex the throne, which he refuses but Zuba reluctantly says the throne belong to him and his son together. Gloria realizes she loves Melman after all. All four friends decide to stay in Africa, Julian and Maurice join them as well while the penguins take off in the plane for Skipper’s honeymoon (Skipper married a bobblehead doll found on the plane).

Overall, the movie is hilarious and enjoyable to watch even if you didn’t watch the first movie. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is a feel good movie from the start till the end. Good news is that there is another sequel, set to be released in 2011.

My ratings: 8 out of 10.