Madagascar movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Madagascar is an entertaining and funny animation for families. The film features several hilarious characters and a super fun adventure.


A lion, a zebra, a hippopotamus and a giraffe escape the New York Central Zoo and subsequently find themselves in Madagascar amidst a population of lemurs.

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Movie details

Director: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath
Cast: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen
Writer: Mark Burton, Billy Frolick, Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath
Release Date (Australia): 16 June 2005
Runtime: 86 minutes/1h 26m
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Language: English


Themes (PG)

The film includes mild crude humour, in addition to scary scenes that feature senses of threat and peril.

Violence (G)

The film includes several scenes of very mild slapstick violence.

Coarse Language (G)

There is a visual depiction of the word “hell”.

mpaa rating

PG (for mild language, crude humor and some thematic elements)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Madagascar could’ve been a completely wasted opportunity, but it selects its friendship group between a lion, a zebra, a hippo and a giraffe and lets them escape the zoo in the right way. By the correct way, this animation is sweet, charming, humorous, creative and leads the excursion with a soft heart.

If it weren’t for how entertaining the structure of this family animation was, it would’ve been an utter failure. The humour isn’t that frequent, but is very original and uproarious when its moments arrive. The idea that could’ve been easily ruined was the selection of these memorable animal characters. They’re slapstick and quirky enough for families to enjoy, but their voice performers definitely give them a personality. Sacha Baron Cohen would definitely be the greatest out of them, giving his spoiled character a hilariously loveable identity.

Although Madagascar’s superb ideas overshadow the weaknesses, theres still a reasonable lack of speed. The story is fairly clichéd and often falls into mildly bland situations. It’s obviously not for everyone, but there’s no reason why young children won’t enjoy it.

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