If you are a fan of Dreamworks’ Madagascar series then you are in luck; Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted is a jolly good time, loaded with laughs and lovable characters. In fact, Madagascar 3 might just be the funniest one of the bunch.
Dreamworks’ new movie picks up where the second one left off; in the south of France, our animal friends decide to hatch the ultimate plan to get back to New York City. So they do what all sensible animals do when they want to go from one destination to another--they join the travelling circus. But first, the beasts have some business to attend to. Marty (Chris Rock), Melman (David Schwimmer), Alex (Ben Stiller) and Gloria (Jada Pinkett-Smith) have a score to settle with the penguins who left them high and dry in South Africa and are now living it up in Monte Carlo. After scene of slapstick proportions in a Monte Carlo casino that will make you laugh so hard that your tummy will hurt, the beasts become stowaways on the circus train, but there is a problem: the other animal circus performers don’t take too kindly to them. Martin Short, Jessica Chastain and Bryan Cranston voice the suspicious circus animals and France McDormand plays the beasts’ nemesis Captain Chantal DuBois. Will the beasts ever make friends with their fuzzy circus counterparts? And will they make it to New York before DuBois finds them first?
The great thing about Madagascar 3 is that it is the best next step in the series; it not only introduces a fresh new plot element, the travelling circus, but this plot element also enables new characters to be added to the mix, something that always takes a series in a positive developmental direction. Fresh new voices enrich the flavor of the already hilarious animal adventure and for an animated film, all of the characters are surprisingly well-rounded. It is easy to see why directors Tom McGrath, Conrad Vernon and Edward Darnell’s film was chose as an official selection at Cannes. Madagascar 3 will be one of the top movies playing this summer and is a great choice for the whole family.