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Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

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Plot
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.

Release Year: 2012

Rating: 7.2/10 (6,813 voted)

Critic's Score: 59/100

Director: Eric Darnell

Stars: Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith, Chris Rock

Storyline
Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman are still trying to get back to the Big Apple and their beloved Central Park zoo, but first they need to find the penguins. When they travel to Monte Carlo, they attract the attention of Animal Control after gate crashing a party and are joined by the penguins, King Julian and Co., the monkeys and a new arrival: a performing llama. How do a lion, zebra, hippo, giraffe, four penguins, two monkeys, three lemurs and a llama travel through Europe without attracting attention? They join a traveling circus.

Writers: Eric Darnell, Noah Baumbach

Cast:
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 / First Policeman (voice)
Frances McDormand - Captain Chantel DuBois (voice)
Jessica Chastain - Gia (voice)
Bryan Cranston - Vitaly (voice)
Martin Short - Stefano (voice)
Chris Miller - Kowalski (voice)
Christopher Knights - Private (voice)
Conrad Vernon - Mason / Second Policeman (voice)



Details

Official Website: Official site |

Release Date: 8 June 2012



Box Office Details

Budget: $145,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $60,316,738 (USA) (10 June 2012) (4258 Screens)

Gross: $60,316,738 (USA) (10 June 2012)



Technical Specs

Runtime: USA:



Did You Know?

Trivia:
Captain Chantel DuBois sings approximately 1 minute of "Non, je ne regrette rien" to her henchmen. This is a French song best known through its 1960 recording by Édith Piaf. Piaf dedicated her recording of the song to the French Foreign Legion (FFL), which has now become part of the FFL heritage and is sung when they are on parade. Due to the men's reaction, it is assumed that all of them serve or served in the FFL.

Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Captain Chantel DuBois prints out the information from her search, a character off-screen mentions he can hear the laser printer running. The type of printer shown is an inkjet, but the sound used for it is from a dot matrix printer.

Quotes:
[from trailer]
Alex: In order to get home, we will come up with an act that will blow everyone away!



User Review

Out with the old and in with the new

Rating: 9/10

I watched this at the Cannes Film Festival 2012 after deciding to take a break from all the serious art-house fare on offer. With the exception of Ben Stiller's lead all the original supporting leads take virtually a back seat in this third instalment. But several great new characters are introduced namely Frances McDormand as Captain Chantel DuBois, Bryan Cranston as Vitaly and the fabulous Martin Short as Stefano. All there performances are stand out but wished Shorts Stefano was featured more. Cranston as Vitaly was beautifully menacing but it is the wacky deadly policewoman in charge of hunting down and capturing the animals as they make their way across Europe which is the centre of the narrative drive. Since the police team where obviously the bad guys (DuBois only wants to capture Mike (Ben Stiller) so she can add his head to her mounted collection of stuffed animals on her office wall) it was ironic that I watched this in France since the police were portrayed as bunch gung-ho obsessive freaks (DuBois crawls around on all fours to sniff down her prey like a dog come insect). The film was screened in 3D, initially I was apprehensive since I don't really enjoy 3D movies but this was a pleasant surprise. After a few minutes I had completely forgotten that I was wearing the 3D glasses and actually...in the spectacular climatic scene I was completely wowed. An explosion of vivid movement and colour formed an intricate moving tapestry of light and colour that was gorgeous to watch. The kids will love it and any one young at heart enough to let themselves loose themselves in escapist fun for a couple of hours. One of the best "family" animation films that I've seen in years and highly recommended. Oh I nearly forgot....Baron Cohen's (as The King) love affair with a giant mute bear is both surreal and priceless!




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