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Animation / Comedy
Director: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath
Running time: 86 mins Released: 1st January 1970
Armed with the type-cast voices of an impressive array of celebrities, a group of zoo creatures find themselves out in the wild. Marty the Zebra is the black sheep of Central Park Zoo - he's bored, depressed and longing for freedom. After a daring escape in which his friends attempt to find and bring him back, Marty, Alex the Lion, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the hippo are caught and packed off to Madagascar, where they meet and befriend a group of lemurs. 'Tis the season for computer-animated film, so expect a few bandwagon-related disappointments, not least of which are the slapstick humour and tired pop-culture references (see Sacha Baron Cohen singing 'Move It' as the King Lemur), but a well-placed cast starring Ben Stiller, Chris Rock and David Schwimmer to name but a few don't let their roles down. Certainly worth taking the kids to see, but fans of the current strain of animated flicks may not be overjoyed.