Rated: PG

Distributed By:

Dreamworks/Paramount

Directed by:

Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath

Starring:

Voices of Ben Stiller as Alex; Chris Rock as Marty; Jada Pinkett Smith as Gloria; David Schwimmer as Melman; Sacha Baron Cohen as King Julien; Andy Richter as Mort; and Cedric the Entertainer as Maurice

Adapted From:

Plugged In Online

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

Beginning with a head-spinning recap of the first movie, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa finds Alex the Lion and his zoo buddies Marty the zebra, Gloria the hippopotamus and Melman the giraffe stranded in the same place they were at when we last saw them— Madagascar. With the "help" of some devious penguins, they're getting ready to take off in a broken down airliner and return to their "real" home, New York City.

When their plane goes down on the plains of Africa, Alex discovers he's plopped down right in the middle of the animal reserve that's home to the lion pride led by his dad. To prove that he is the “King of New York”— and part of his royal family—Alex must fight to the death with a rival lion. There's only two problems: Alex has never fought anything in his life and he thinks it's a dance contest.

Like the first Madagascar, this movie highlights the importance of friendship. Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria all remain loyal to one another. Family is also shown as important as Alex restores his relationship with his father and mother.

Unfortunately, this movie has a lot of problems. Some animals call Melman a witch doctor when he splints a broken leg. Julian makes several inappropriate comments and animals shake their rumps for the camera. There are also some intense scenes with lions battling each other and some cartoon violence with the tough granny from the first film. There are rude words and name-calling.

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa starts out with a good message about love and acceptance, but it doesn't use God's Word as a standard for what is acceptable and right. Because of that problem—and the movie's rude humor—Clubhouse kids may want to check out a more family-friendly adventure like Tale of Despereaux or Bolt.

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