Never expected MADAGASCAR to become a trilogy. It’s not that the animated picture wasn’t great however it didn’t seem that Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria had it in them to go this far. They have and I am certain the fans are glad.
Alex (Stiller) as usual will never rest until he goes back to the Central Park zoo. Much like the previous installments once again this is a tale of their journey back home. The awesome foursome has been in Africa for too long and the heats getting to all four of them. Since there is no signs of the penguins returning to take them back to New York they decide to find the penguins themselves. The last known location of the feathered friends is the Monte Carlo Casino and that’s where our favorite talking animals are headed. One may think that once they are away from the Savanna of Africa they would be safe. It seems like the grasslands are much safer than Monaco. No animal is safe with Captain Chantel Dubois and her trusty scooter. Alex and his friends need to get out of Europe and head to New York while dodging Captain Chantel and the only way to do so is by buying a circus and making some new friends.
Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath team up for the 3rd consecutive installment of the trilogy. The positive aspect of this is that the originality will remain the same and the fans would very much feel like nothing has changed. However where do we draw the line in being true to the beginning whilst still reinventing ourselves? Darnell and McGrath may survive MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE’S MOST WANTED but if they ever decide to return things need to re-evaluated by DreamWorks Animation since things are starting to get pretty stale with all the characters. Marty (Chris Rock), Melman (Schwimmer) and Julien (Cohen) have been the funny guys all journey through since 2005. The penguins have been the tactical team and Gloria (Smith) has always been the mother figure and the occasional romantic.
MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPES MOST WANTED is funny as it has always been thanks to the introduction to a few new characters as well and it keeps the trilogy still alive. This is the one department that the folks at DreamWorks do things right. The ability to get the same stellar cast onboard every single time has made the animation stay afloat. One does need to emphasize on the talents of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Sasha Baron Cohen and Cedric the Entertainer. These boys rock the boat so hard it’s hard not to be impressed and to love the characters for it. One may say that King Juliens jokes are getting old, but one cannot stop them from laughing out loud at Cohens voicing.
Lastly as it has always been and it always will be in the future as well DreamWorks Animation clearly has outdone them and raised the bar in the creative wings. This motion picture is by far the most vibrant one in the trilogy and also has been released in 3D. I am no fan of the technology but still if I am ever given a choice to sit in for a 3D movie I will go for an animation rather than a motion picture.
Not a bad way to spend an evening and if you want to watch make sure you try your best to watch in HD or Blu Ray, the animations are to die for.
TITLE: MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPES MOST WANTED
DIRECTED BY: Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath
STARRING: BEN STILLER, CHRIS ROCK, DAVID SCHWIMMER, JADA PINKETT SMITH, SACHA BARON COHEN and CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER
RUNTIME: 93 MINUTES