Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

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Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
Genre: Animation
Photography: Color
Running Time: 93 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: May 18, 2012 (Cannes Film Festival)
June 8, 2012 (United States)
Directed by: Eric Darnell
Conrad Vernon
Tom McGrath
Written by: Eric Darnell
Noah Baumbach
Distributed by: DreamWorks Animation
Paramount Pictures
Starring: Ben Stiller
Chris Rock
David Schwimmer
Jada Pinkett Smith
Sacha Baron Cohen
Cedric the Entertainer
Andy Richter
Tom McGrath
Jessica Chastain
Bryan Cranston
Martin Short
Frances McDormand
Previous film: Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Next film: Madagascar 4?

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (also simply known as Madagascar 3) is a 2012 American 3D computer-animated comedy film, produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It is the third installment of the Madagascar series and the sequel to Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008). It is also the first in the series to be released in 3D.


Many days after bidding the penguins goodbye, Alex the lion suggests to his friends, Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippopotamus and the lemurs, King Julien XIII the ring-tailed lemur, Maurice the aye-aye and Mort the mouse lemur that they should go to Monte Carlo to get the penguins and chimpanzees, Mason and Phil and fly back to New York City, which they agree to do.

In Monte Carlo, the penguins and chimpanzees have been saving up their daily winnings from the casino to fly back to Africa and bring their friends home. Alex's interference to kidnap them leads to animal control, led by a vicious big-game hunter and animal control veteran named Chantel DuBois, pursuing them around the city, with Alex and the gang barely escaping. With determination, DuBois vows to capture Alex and add his head to her collection of animals' heads she's captured.

In the skies of France, the plane crashes as the authorities close in. They come across a circus train consisting of Stefano the sea lion, Gia the jaguar, and Vitaly the tiger, and manage to gain entry, claiming that they are circus animals themselves. The team soon learn from Stefano that they are performing in Rome and London, where they plan to impress a promoter to get them on their first American tour. Before the zoo animals' claim is discredited, the penguins suddenly appear with a deal to purchase the circus themselves; however, the circus animals' show in Rome proves to be a failure.

In route to London, Stefano soon reveals to Alex that Vitaly was the biggest star of them all, but quit due to an accident in one of his stunts; therefore, the friends lost faith in the circus. At a stop in the Alps, Alex convinces the circus to continue pursuing the circus. Marty finds a new passion in being shot out of a cannon along with Stefano, while Melman and Gloria decide to dance on a tightrope. Gia persuades Alex to teach her Trapeze Americano. In the process, they grow closer and start to fall in love.

Meanwhile, DuBois is arrested in Rome while chasing the animals, but swiftly escapes and discovers that Alex was the missing lion from the zoo in New York. Once free, DuBois personally reassembles her injured men and they head toward the Alps, forcing the animals to proceed to London despite incomplete rehearsals. Alex finds Vitaly preparing to leave and convinces him to stay by reminding him of how he enjoys performing the impossible. He suggests that he uses hair conditioner as a safer lubricant to perform his flaming ring jump as well as fix his damaged fur. As a result, Vitaly's stunt is performed perfectly and the show is a spectacular success. After the impressed promoter arranges for an American tour, DuBois shows up with a paper showing that Alex was missing. Though the penguins are able to foil Dubois' plan, Alex is forced to confess that the four of them are just zoo animals trying to get home, disappointing Gia, Vitaly, Stefano and the other circus animals who feel used and lied to.

The zoo and circus animals go their separate ways but arrive in New York City at the same time. Realizing how much their adventures have changed them, the zoo animals find that their true home was with the circus. Before they can go back, however, DuBois tranquilizes and captures them, before being discovered by the zoo staff, who believe she is responsible for returning the missing animals. King Julien and the penguins manage to get to the circus and convince the circus animals to rescue their friends.

Back at the zoo, Alex awakens to find that he along with his friends are trapped in larger fence enclosures. DuBois who was honored by the zoo guards, secretly loads a poison-filled dart into a gun that she hides, inside a foam finger in preparation for publicly executing Alex. Seconds before the poisoned bullet hits Alex, Gia swings in and rescues him. Suddenly, the entire circus arrives in the hot air balloon, frees the zoo animals and defeat DuBois and her henchmen. Alex and his friends eventually decide to permanently join the circus to pursue their adventures, while DuBois and her henchmen are sent off in crates bound for Madagascar (just like the zoo animals themselves were in the first film) thanks to the penguins.

Why It Rocks

  1. Perfect animation that's a step-up from the other Madagascar movies.
  2. The speed of the animation is still fantastic and the comedy is a step up from the previous two.
  3. A unique plot twist where the Dubois didn't want the money.
  4. It has good messages about loyalty, friendship, what it means to be free, and not allowing past mistakes to get in the way of being bold and trying again.
  5. Entertaining action scenes.
  6. The movie is much different from its 2 predecessors, for example, The main villain (Chantel Dubois) is a human instead of an animal unlike the predecessor which we're animals (Foosa's and Makunga) and it takes place in more than 2 locations mostly in Europe.
  7. It has great voice acting.
  8. Good soundtrack, especially the Afro Circus/Like To Move It mix.
  9. It has very good humor, such as the montage of King Julien with Sonya the bear.
  10. The spin-off film: Penguins of Madagascar is also good.
  11. The scene where Chantel Dubois sing is very entertaining.
  12. Vitaly has a very good backstory.

Bad Qualities

  1. The opening scene where Alex has a nightmare is very disturbing for a kids movie. As well as that one where King Julien, Mort and Maurice go to a wagon where they met Sonya.
  2. The story is a bit more predictable than the other movies, as it builds up the Liar Revealed cliché. However, this plot isn't really focused on much and actually makes some sense.
  3. It feels pretty uneven at times.
  4. Some scenes are disgusting, like Mort puking and a kid stuck in an elephant's butt.
  5. Chantel Dubois, while entertaining, is a Disney villain ripoff once again, this time of Cruella De Vil.
  6. It’s Tie-in game is pretty bad compared to the other previous titles.

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