Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

Rated PG 88 minutes 2008

In this nutty sequel to the 2005 DreamWorks 3-D animated hit, four best friends and former stars of the Central Park Zoo — a dancing lion (voiced by Ben Stiller), a rollicking zebra (Chris Rock), a lugubrious giraffe (David Schwimmer), and a hippo diva (Jada Pinkett Smith) — look forward to trading their current island residence on Madagascar for their old island home of Manhattan. But their return flight, piloted by the crackpot crew of Air Penguin, crash-lands on an African savanna, where the quartet is reunited with their own species. Lessons about family loyalty, tolerance, ingenuity, and sacrifice add depth to the screenplay by Etan Cohen and directors Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath, but thankfully don't detract from the lunatic maneuvers of a delusional lemur king (Sacha Baron Cohen) and those wily penguins (89 min.).

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Director: Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath

Producer: Mireille Soria and Mark Swift

Cast: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer, Andy Richter, Bernie Mac, Alec Baldwin, Sherri Shepherd,, Elisa Gabrielli, Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights and Conrad Vernon

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