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What to know: Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple.
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What do you get when you take a traveling circus, add in zoo animals, penguins and some lemurs? You get another hit movie from DreamWorks Animation - Madagascar 3 - Europe's Most Wanted. This movie takes off where the last film left us, with Alex (voiced by Ben Stiller), Marty (voiced by Chris Rock), Melman (voiced by David Schwimmer) and Gloria (voiced by Jada Pinkett Smith) trying to get home to the Central Park Zoo. Written by Eric Darnell and Noah Baumbach and directed by Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath, this animated hit, has a great message that it passes along in this film. The message of this film is that the journey is often more fulfilling than getting to your destination, particularly when you are with the ones you love. Or in other words, if you are with the ones you love then it doesn't matter where you are, that place is home. The four main characters start off in Africa trying to figure out how to meet up with the penguins and get back on track in getting back to the Central Park Zoo. They end up finding the penguins, but their journey is just getting started as they head off across Europe trying to not only get home, but to not be captured by the villainous Captain Dubois (voiced by Frances McDormand). They find the perfect cover in avoiding the Captain in joining a traveling circus. The addition of the circus allows for the introduction of many new characters, one of which is my favorite character, Stefano, who is a horn blowing seal. Stefano is very nice, happy character, but admittedly is not very smart. This goofiness only adds to how cute he is. And while Stefano, may not be that smart, it's his brilliant idea that may save the circus and all his new friends who are trying to get back to their beloved zoo. One of my favorite scenes is the Afro Circus scene, where Marty tries to blend in with the circus, donning a rainbow colored wig and polka dots on his body. He performs the "Afro Circus" song that I am sure everyone has seen in the trailers. My other favorite scene is when King Julien (voiced by Sasha Baron Cohen) meets his true love, in the form of a giant, tricycle riding bear. The animation is fantastic in this film, and while 3D doesn't always work for me, the 3D was exceptional, particularly in the climactic scenes towards the end of the movie. I recommend this film for all ages, as adults will love the humor and storyline just as much as adults will. Go see this animated hit in theaters on June 8th. Julianna Noone, age 12, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic. This is a hilarious movie- it is just so funny. It is about a group of animals that were in Europe and really wanted to go back the zoo that they escaped from. On their adventure, a crazy obsessed animal killer is chasing after them, as they try to get back to the zoo. They all jump onto a circus train and pretend they have been in a circus before, and the comedic journey changes their lives and the lives of many others. Alex, the lion, is always trying to be the king of the pack, the leader all of animals and be the most famous. In the movie he tries to save himself and his friends from the animal catchers. Marty, the zebra, is still the one who sometimes creates trouble, but likes to just have fun. He also sometimes tries to correct Alex, but never does. Marty flies high in the sky, taking risks for himself and for others. Gloria, the hippo, is still the cute sweetie pie. She is very funny, trying to be sassy with people and always helping Melman when he gets himself into trouble. Melman, the giraffe, is always scared and curious. He will try new things, but ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time and scares himself. Then here comes Gloria always helping him. They find themselves dancing together on a tight rope high in the sky. My favorite part in this movie is when all the animals are performing in the circus and it all goes wrong. It was the elephant's turn to do his trick and there was a little boy throwing spitballs at the elephants and the elephant falls backward on the boy and the boy gets stuck up his bottom. I would recommend Madagascar 3, for ages 4-12 and adults will like it too. I would also give this movie 5 out of 5 stars that is how great it was! If you want to see this hilarious movie, find it at a theater near you in June 2012 in 3D. Julia Chestnut, age11, KIDS FIRST! Film Festival.
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Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple. Their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent - Madagascar style.
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