May 27th, 2005

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Spoiled by their upbringing with no idea what wild life is really like, four animals from New York Central Zoo escape, unwittingly assisted by four absconding penguins, and find themselves in Madagascar, among a bunch of merry lemurs

Release Year: 2005

Rating: 6.7/10 (93,968 voted)

Critic's Score: 57/100

Director: Eric Darnell

Stars: Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, David Schwimmer

At New York's Central Park Zoo, a lion, a zebra, a giraffe, and a hippo are best friends and stars of the show. But when one of the animals goes missing from their cage, the other three break free to look for him, only to find themselves reunited ... on a ship en route to Africa. When their vessel is hijacked, however, the friends, who have all been raised in captivity, learn first-hand what life can be like in the wild.

Writers: Mark Burton, Billy Frolick

Ben Stiller - Alex (voice)
Chris Rock - Marty (voice)
David Schwimmer - Melman (voice)
Jada Pinkett Smith - Gloria (voice)
Sacha Baron Cohen - Julien (voice)
Cedric the Entertainer - Maurice (voice)
Andy Richter - Mort (voice)
Tom McGrath - Skipper / Fossa / Panicky Man on Subway (voice)
Christopher Knights - Private (voice)
Chris Miller - Kowalski (voice)
Conrad Vernon - Mason (voice)
Eric Darnell - Zoo Announcer / Lemur #1 / Fossa / Subway Car Announcer (voice)
David Cowgill - Police Horse (voice)
Stephen Apostolina - Police Officer (voice) (as Steve Apostolina)
Elisa Gabrielli - Old Lady (voice)

Taglines: It's All Some Type Of Whacked Out Conspiracy.


Official Website: DreamWorks [United States] | UIP [Germany] |

Release Date: 27 May 2005

Filming Locations: Glendale, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: €522,275 (Netherlands) (19 June 2005) (219 Screens)

Gross: $238,000,000 (Worldwide) (7 August 2005) (except USA)

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Did You Know?

When the camera pans backward from Alex's crate in the ocean, the sea foam around him creates the head of a lion. Foam makes the face, and the absence of foam around that makes the mane. Alex is in the left eye of the face.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs: When Skipper asks the talking monkey if he can read, he says that he can't read but Phil can. Earlier on in the film, the talking monkey takes what appears to be a newspaper from a trash can and starts reading it. However, if you look at the newspaper, it is actually a comic.

[first lines]
Alex the Lion: Surprise!
Marty the Zebra: Aaahhh! Alex! Do not interrupt me when I'm daydreaming. When a zebra's in the zone, leave him alone.

User Review

Madagascar - a great ride!

Rating: 8/10

Lots of fun - I saw it with the grandkids and a theater full of families. a great time was had by all. technically speaking, one might say that the story was 'uneven' in places (can you say *that* about animated films? (-:) -- I mention this because there has been some needlessly negative feedback here at IMDb. On the whole, though, the presentation is quick-paced, bright, happy, and delightful to the eyes and ears. There are also some unique, quirky scenes (i.e. animals nonchalantly getting on a subway?) - I love to see stuff I haven't seen before. that's not easy to do, you know - by all accounts, "everything has been done on film already.." - (if you catch my drift). so, give credit when due! enjoy!(-:

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