Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

November 7th, 2008


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The animals try to fly back to New York City, but crash-land on an African wildlife refuge, where Alex is reunited with his parents.

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 6.7/10 (50,748 voted)

Critic's Score: 61/100

Director: Eric Darnell

Stars: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer

The sequel to 2005's "Madagascar", in which New York Zoo animals, Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the Hippo, still stranded on Madagascar, start to leave the island. All of a sudden, they land in the wilderness of Africa, where Alex meets the rest of his family, but has trouble communicating with them after spending so much time at the Central Park Zoo.

Writers: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath

Ben Stiller - Alex(voice)
Chris Rock - Marty / Additional Zebras(voice)
David Schwimmer - Melman(voice)
Jada Pinkett Smith - Gloria(voice)
Sacha Baron Cohen - Julien(voice)
Cedric the Entertainer - Maurice(voice)
Andy Richter - Mort(voice)
Bernie Mac - Zuba(voice)
Alec Baldwin - Makunga(voice)
Sherri Shepherd - Mom(voice)
Will i Am - Moto Moto(voice) (as Will.I.Am)
Elisa Gabrielli - Nana(voice)
Tom McGrath - Skipper / Lemur(voice)
Chris Miller - Kowalski(voice)
Christopher Knights - Private(voice)

Taglines: Still together. Still lost!


Official Website: Official site | Official site [France] |

Release Date: 7 November 2008

Box Office Details

Budget: $150,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $63,106,589 (USA) (9 November 2008) (4056 Screens)

Gross: $179,982,968 (USA) (22 February 2009)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The theme playing when Alex and Zuba return with the water (around 1 hour 17 minutes into the movie) is same as the Optimus Prime/Autobots theme from the new Transformers movies.

Continuity: When they ram the dam you can clearly see the old lady purse fly into the water and go down with the dam but they later give it to Makunga.

Private: In case we go down, place the lifejacket over your head, pull the sting, and kiss your kids good-bye.

User Review

You Got To Move It, Move It!

Rating: 8/10

Rarely have I seen animated family sequel movie that's as good or better than its predecessor but speaking as a movie freak who didn't like the first installment, I gotta say I'm very much entertained by MADAGASCAR: ESCAPE 2 Africa and it way funnier than the original movie. Dreamworks has a habit of doing this… what it lacks in its story and overall animation (Pixar still rules in those departments!) it makes up for it in its sense of humor. This is the movie that every age can enjoy and it has only a very, very few silly, lame moments but for the most part, you just got to move it, move it! The whole team is back, it doesn't take long for you to remember what each character is all about, there's no need for re-introduction but there is a bunch of new characters thrown in to the den without having to take us in unnecessary complication of having to understand what they are. The concept is simple and the jokes are funny. Here you see all the characters stranded in Africa and meet a their own kind. It's the freedom they've always wanted but don't really want at the same time. They have trouble fitting in and getting in touch with their heritage, all the while friendship and feelings are being put to the test resulting in an exciting adventure at the end that brings them closer together again. Kids will love it, Parents will be glad about it, and the rest of us will find it to be very amusing.

MADAGASCAR: ESCAPE 2 Africa will feel like too short of a movie, but that's also something that I can appreciate because I don't think it has any intention of trying to be all Oscar worthy, it's nothing more than telling a light, enjoyable story with good moral value lesson and that's about it. If the running time were any longer, it would lose some of its target audience. Hands down, without dragging this review any more than it has to, the best part of this movie once again, are the penguins! Those dudes are hardcore gangsters and freakin' hilarious! They should have their own spin-off, stand-alone movie, just about them scheming something deviant and mission impossible-esquire. I could watch them work together and hear their smartass, cocky remarks/attitude about a thousand more times and they'll still crack me up. If you find no reason to watch this movie, then at least watch it to check out those awesome penguins.