Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +3 1/2

Content: +2

Main Actors (voices): Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Alec Baldwin, Bernie Mac

FILM SYNOPSIS: It doesnt matter whether you saw the first Madagascar or not. . Neither does it matter whether youre 5 or 75. In any case, viewers are in for a treat instead of a treatment, with plenty of action, humor and lively music.

Marty the zebra (Chris Rock), Alex the lion (Ben Stiller), Melman the giraffe (David Schwimmer) and the voluptuous hippo Gloria (Jada Pinkett Smith) return in this hilarious sequel. The four friends have been leading sheltered lives as star attractions in New York Citys Central Park zoo. Under unexpected circumstances and a wild and crazy journey, they end up half way around the world in Madagascar, Africa, where for the first time they see other animals like themselves. Along the way, the New York zoo fugitives encounter a group of stranded New York tourists whose jeep has been high-jacked. What happens when you mix wild animals, New York tourists and pampered zoo fugitives? For that answer youll have to see Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, preferably the I-Max version.

PREVIEW SYNOPSIS: The new visitors to Madagascar find they are not welcome until they prove themselves and perform some very heroic deeds. By sharing their talents and skills, Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria experience how a community can overcome diversity and live together harmoniously. Keep in mind that some scenes could frighten young children. Two very powerful lions compete for the role of Alpha Lion. One, Zuba (Bernie Mac), is wise and fair, while the other, Makunga (Alec Baldwin) is greedy and conniving. When the reserves water supply dries up, the evil Makunga dupes gentle Melman into sacrificing himself to appease the gods by being thrown into the volcanic fires. Good conquers evil, but not without some very tense action scenes.

To appeal to wider audiences, much of the films humor will go over the heads of youngsters. Glorias attraction to another hippo is very sensual and suggestive. A rear view of the male appears to be more human than animal. Also, the dialogue includes some moderately crude words. Parental guidance is certainly appropriate.

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Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon

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Crude Language: Few times (butt)

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: None

Violence: Many times Mild and moderate (confrontations, some fighting, plane crash and dangerous situations with no serious injuries; intense volcanic fire scene as animal about to be sacrificed; heroic rescues)

Sex: None, but several suggestive remarks and one very sensual encounter between hippos; also musical number with cross-dressing male singer dancing provocatively)

Nudity: Once (rear view of male hippo made to look human)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: None

Other: Lessons on learning that our differences can be celebrated; everyone needs to be recognized for their uniqueness even if outward appearances are identical (as in zebras); working together accomplishes more than fighting for dominance

Running Time: 90 minutes
Intended Audience: All ages over 4

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