When you consider that the first two “Madagascar” movies collectively took in over $1.2 billion at the worldwide box office, the next logical step is obvious: “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.”
This time out, it’s a 3-D animated extravaganza with a reported budget north of $145 million. Still, that’s probably a safe investment for the studios.
Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett-Smith and David Schwimmer are all back as the voices of Manhattan zoo animals who hide out in a European traveling circus while attempting to get back to the States.
Visually, it’s easy to see where the money went and the movie has a snappy pace and goofy sense of humor that should keep the youngsters’ attention. Plus, it’s sophisticated enough to please undemanding parents.
The only downside is that, after a while, “Madagascar 3” becomes a blur of color and action that boarders on overkill. But, thanks in part to Martin Short’s contributions as a goofy sea lion, “Madagascar 3” is a pleasant enough popcorn flick that should appeal to most members of the family.
The Madagascar franchise has always been a fun watch. A colorful blast of joy loaded with groovy music and a lovable gang of talking cartoon animals. In "Europe's Most Wanted" the formula has been super-sized and who cares about counting calories when you are having this much fun.
Russ: 3 Popcorn Bags
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