Movie List
Loading ...
Find Theaters and Movie Times
Search Movies

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

The franchise matures
By TOM MEEK  |  June 7, 2012
2.5 2.5 Stars

The franchise that began as a tame kiddie pleaser about four pampered zoo animals lost in the wild has matured and sharpened its teeth, perhaps thanks to Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale) collaborating on the script. Here the Punch and Judy penguins, the flamboyant lemur king, and the lion, giraffe, zebra, and hippo quartet find themselves in Europe where the latter four join a traveling circus in the hope of getting back home to the Central Park Zoo. The animation kicks it up a notch, making good use of the 3D, and the narrative in general moves at a good clip. Directed by the triumvirate of Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath, and Conrad Vernon, the animated adventure also features a kid stuck in an elephant's ass, a lemur having sex with a bear, and Frances McDormand as the dogged French animal control officer Chantal Dubois, making for a witty howl that stretches the age range of its audience appeal.

Related: Review: Solomon Kane, Review: Senna, Review: Happy, Happy, More more >
  Topics: Reviews , Narrative, STUCK, script,  More more >
| More

Most Popular
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   HOLLYWOOD, RI-STYLE  |  July 30, 2014
    The 2014 edition will premiere more than 240 films (features, shorts and documentaries) from 62 countries and 34 US states.
  •   GLOBAL CINEMA, LOCAL FLAVOR  |  August 08, 2013
    The 17th annual incarnation of the Rhode Island International Film Festival begins its weeklong run on August 6. The festival, which boasts more than 200 films from 65 countries, is a celebration of the cinematic arts with a campus feel and a focus on all things Rhode Island.
  •   REVIEW: SAFE HAVEN  |  February 14, 2013
    Somewhere along the way Nicholas Sparks went from being just a bestselling author of preachy schmaltz to a full-on franchise (he produces the movies of his books).
  •   REVIEW: FUN SIZE  |  October 31, 2012
    Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice ventures onto the big screen in this hokey Halloween misadventure.
  •   REVIEW: TAI CHI ZERO  |  October 24, 2012
    Mashup, hodgepodge, or remix — call it what you will, this kung fu odyssey from former action star Stephen Fung offers intermittent pleasures and freaky twists.

 See all articles by: TOM MEEK