Rated: PG

Distributed By:

Paramount Pictures, Dreamworks Animation

Directed by:

Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath (Madagascar, Madagascar 2), with Conrad Vernon (Monsters vs. Aliens)

Starring:

Voices of Ben Stiller as Alex; Chris Rock as Marty; Jada Pinkett Smith as Gloria; David Schwimmer as Melman

Adapted From:

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Did you know that lions get homesick too? All Alex can think of is getting back to Central Park Zoo along with his pals—Marty the zebra, Gloria the hippo and Melman the giraffe. After a quick stop to pick up their penguin chums, Alex and his four-legged friends do what anyone would do . . . join the circus.

It won’t be an easy trip home. A steely-eyed animal control officer is hot on their heels. They need to make the show sparkle without becoming too conspicuous. (And, well, figure out if it's actually possible for a hippo to dance on a high-wire.)

This movie has some good things to say about friendship. From the zoo-y friends' point of view, it's one for all and all for one. They encourage each other constantly and always try to help out. Once they join the circus, both groups work together to make the show the best it can be.

As in many animated films, the characters accidentally smash-crash their way through the streets. A casino in Monte Carlo is destroyed, along with several vehicles, windows and walls. When the animal control officer shows up, she gets squished between two elephants, among other forms of over-the-top comedic violence. And when King Julien XIII falls for a circus bear, he discovers that love hurts. The lemur king gets crushed, battered, slammed around and half-swallowed by the bear’s bulky movements.

By this point in the series, the story has nothing to do with Madagascar. But like a great three-ring circus, the bright colors and goofy characters work together to make you smile.

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