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Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa [2008]

Director:Eric Darnell
Tom McGrath
Writer:Eric Darnell
Etan Cohen
Tom McGrath
Composer:Hans Zimmer
Heitor Pereira
Length:89 minutes
(1 hour 29 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:Kids
IMDB Rating:6.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:64%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: The Madagascar animals fly back to New York City, but crash-land on an African nature reserve, where they meet others of their own kind, and Alex especially discovers his royal heritage as prince of a lion pride.

Personal Rating: 6/10

Eric Darnell => Director / Writer / Poacher #2 (voice) / Joe the Witch Doctor
Tom McGrath => Director / Writer / Lemur (voice) / Skipper
Etan Cohen => Writer
Hans Zimmer => Composer
Heitor Pereira => Composer
Al Roker => Newscaster (voice)
Alec Baldwin => Makunga (voice)
Andy Richter => Mort (voice)
Ben Stiller => Alex (voice)
Bernie Mac => Zuba (voice)
Bridget Hoffman => Female Tourist (voice)
Cedric the Entertainer => Maurice (voice)
Chris Miller => Kowalski (voice)
Chris Rock => Additional Zebras (voice) / Marty
Christopher Knights => Private (voice)
Conrad Vernon => Mason (voice)
Danny Jacobs => Tourist with New York T-Shirt (voice)
David P. Smith => Bobby the Dik Dik (as David Smith) (voice)
David Schwimmer => Melman (voice)
Edie Mirman => Telephone Recording (voice)
Fergie => Hippo Girlfriend (as Stacy Ferguson) (voice)
Fred Tatasciore => Elephant (voice) / Poacher #1 / Teetsi
Jada Pinkett Smith => Gloria (voice)
John DiMaggio => Rico (voice)
Josephs Quartzy => Jamz (uncredited) (archive footage)
Lesley Stahl => Newscaster (voice)
Lynnanne Zager => Lioness (voice)
Meredith Vieira => Newscaster (voice)
Phil LaMarr => Guide (voice)
Quinn Dempsey Stiller => Baby Alex (voice)
Richard Steven Horvitz => Additional Voices (voice) (uncredited)
Sacha Baron Cohen => Julien (voice)
Sherri Shepherd => Mom (voice)
Stephen Kearin => Rhino (voice) / Tourist with Video Camera / Stephen the Giraffe
Will.i.Am => Moto Moto (as Will.I.Am) (voice)
Willow Smith => Baby Gloria (voice)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The refrain of Moto Moto's song 'Big and Chunky' (as written and sung by Will.i.Am) has since become a viral sensation on the TikTok app
  • Cameo - Jeffrey Katzenberg: the assistant CEO of DreamWorks does the voice of the boy knocked off the crescent moon by penguins when the DreamWorks logo comes up.
  • Some quarters queried the title, arguing that Madagascar already is a part of Africa. This is not actually the case. Madagascar is an autonomous island off the coast of Africa and is not part of the African Union.
  • Chris Rock and Ben Stiller spent one day in the studio recording their scenes.
  • All of the zebras in the film were voiced by Chris Rock, to go with the fact that they're exactly like Marty, such as with the voice.
  • Originally before Makunga was created, Alec Baldwin was going to play himself in Africa where he tricks young movie actors into making his hunting lodge.
  • During the flight, King Julien asked for his nuts on a silver platter. A Korean Air executive made headlines when she threw a tantrum on a plane for getting nuts served in a bag, not on a platter.
  • The part where Melman falls in love with Gloria was originally going to happen in the first Madagascar (2005) but was cut for time and bumped back to the sequel. David Schwimmer's character dilemma of falling in love with one of his best friends is much like his long running gag in [Friends (1994)].
  • In the scene where the penguin tells the monkey he'd like to kiss him, the monkey responds "ok, but you're so darn ugly." This is in reference to the original Planet of the Apes (1968) where Dr. Zira responds to Taylor's request for a kiss by telling him, "ok, but you're so "darn" ugly."
  • Bernie Mac's last film before his death and this film was dedicated to his memory.
  • Series trademark: Twilight Zone. Most if not all entries in this series contain an homage to Rod Serling's original [The Twilight Zone (1959)]. In this one, Mort mimics the airplane wing walker from {The Twilight Zone: Nightmare at 20,000 Feet (1963)}.
  • Cameo - Fergie: The hippopotamus who asks if Alex is dancing about a plane crash is voiced by a member of the same hip-hop-R&B group [?] The Black Eyed Peas as Will.i.Am who voices Moto Moto.