Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008) - Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Hohum Score

9

Engaging

The Madagascar animals fly back to New York City, but crash-land on an African nature reserve, where they meet others of their own kind, and Alex especially discovers his royal heritage as prince of a lion pride.

IMDB: 6.7
Director: Eric Darnell
Stars: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock
Length: 89 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 20 out of 129 found boring (15.5%)

One-line Reviews (101)

For all its derivative-ness, the way they tied around together into another cohesive whole was entertaining.

An entertaining cartoon with some funny moments.

Propaganda aimed at Children .

However, Madagascar 2 falls victim to cheesy lines, a stereotypical villain (a ripoff of a character played by Alec Baldwin, if you ask me), and formulaic plot resolution.

This scene was nonsensical anti-religious propaganda.

Very mildly entertaining at the most.

In comparison to Madagascar 1, i think that the first one was a lot better, but don't let you put you off, because the sequel was still enjoyable.

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is a fun but also very good sequel that improves upon the highly entertaining original by doing a very fun, dramatic and full of adventure storyline that keeps both kids and their parents entertained for at least 1hr and 29mins.

But while some of the plots are slightly better, some are quite predictable and boring.

Picking up where the first film left of this one starts as our four heroes are attempting to fly back to New York as they have grown bored of the rich life the jungles had to offer them.

Everything is executed well and makes for another enjoyable adventure.

Comments were quite negative as we walked out of the cinema with one guy saying that he fell asleep part of the way through!

The animation is fine, but the characters this time aren't as loveable, and the story has pretty much nothing to keep you interested, I admit I dozed off a little somewhere, it's a fairly boring animated family comedy adventure.

I didn't think the voice-overs were very good or convincing, and I actually thought the plot was quite boring.

But the middle part of the movie remained boring.

I feel as though the sequel caters to an older audience as well as the kiddies, which makes it way more enjoyable.

The role of old lady in the movie is bit fineThere are some unexpected scenes like shark in middle of Africa.

Worst Movie in the History of Animation.

That's not to say that such moments aren't welcome, because they are, but there's just too much here to keep things evenly entertaining.

All in all an enjoyable movie that outshines it's predecessor!

In terms of animation quality and design, the movie pulls out all the stops in making this one grander and more visually entertaining than the first.

This is by far the worst most boring and meaningless cartoon I 've seen, for both children and adults in terms of storyline, action, humor, moral teachings, and overall fun...

Basically, from here, the film because formulaic, even for a children's animated movie.

When they're not the focus, we are stuck with the incredibly uninteresting Alex and a bunch of generic life lessons for the kids watching.

Very inventive, very interesting and entertaining movie.

For while the original made an effort to be exciting, groovy and slightly moving as well as funny, the second one has lazily crammed an overload of predictable, run of the mill jokes into nearly every scene, leaving hardly any room left for any remotely serious dialogue.

The first movie centered around how the characters cope, as a group, with landing somewhere strange and unexpected.

The original Madagascar was a hodge podge of childish slapstick, inside jokes strung together with a meandering narrative, speckled with characters voiced by nondescript bland voice actors.

Unlike Shrek 1 which is full of unexpected twists and pleasant surprises, for this one I was like "I know xxxx is going to redeem his pride", "I know xxxx will be together with xxxx", etc. And I guessed right all the time.

They are equally tedious and mercenary.

When an animated family film unexpectedly strikes a chord with its young audience and develops into an unexpected hit, as was the case with 2005's Madagascar, the most common problem faced with the inevitable sequel is where to take its collection of rag-tag anthropomorphic heroes next.

They have trouble fitting in and getting in touch with their heritage, all the while friendship and feelings are being put to the test resulting in an exciting adventure at the end that brings them closer together again.

There is something to amuse the adults while entertaining the children with innocent fun.

Then the whole ordeal with the planned flight, intriguing plane crash, and acceptance of being stranded again takes place, before we finally get something else delightfully unexpected; the characters separating.

That being said, it's still a fun, entertaining, and unpredictable movie that continues the zaniness that made the original a personal guilty pleasure of mine.

All in all, it's more of the same; about as much as you can expect from animated films, but its still enjoyable nonetheless.

The family aspect of Alex's story is just much more compelling and much more poignant.

Mad because I had to pretend like the Hippos were not borderline R Rated Mad because the story was stupid and predictable as usual.

Yet much like its predecessor, this second, mostly superfluous entry into the animated movie you never thought would turn into a franchise 2 years ago, at least has some intelligent and heart-felt design to back up its pointless endeavours.

Tongue-in-cheek, self-referential, nothing new, but hey, it's entertaining, the animation's wonderful and it-all-comes-out-right-in-the-end.

In the end though I thought that this was actually a pretty cool movie, and quite enjoyable as well, though it will be difficult knowing what is going on unless you have sat through the original film.

It's because new characters, musics, and the exciting story will make you enjoy this movie.

It was such a fun and entertaining movie.

Plus it's the recurring jokes that are missing; the hula girl, feisty tourist, repetitive herd, and lion-dancing bits all didn't elicit much laughter from the audience, nor from me.

Very entertaining and colourful, and does it live up the first?

There's no message of any great significance (unless inter-species romance carries some sort of subliminal subtext which I missed), which is actually something of a relief.

She got really bored in the middle part.

She's a little dour, but she was right when she said it was boring.

Of course the plot is very predictable and I did notice one or two similarities with the Lion King, and probably slower than pace.

Actually, as I mentioned I found the original to be rather boring and pointless, and also somewhat lacked a plot, but it turned out that this one was actually a lot more engaging.

The snappy repartee in the dialogue are hilarious!

They often cause the movie to slow down and drag at points, as the movie in essence is mostly about Alex who is getting reunited with his parents after a failed flight back to New York from Madagascar.

The main thing that makes this sequel better than its predecessor is probably that it has a more interesting plot to keep it more consistently entertaining.

The gang is ready to leave Madagascar on a plane they constructed out of the crashed plane in the first film and all different things, along with King Julien, Maurice, the chimps (who were pretty funny in the first film) and the penguins.

But,that crappy film was economically successful,so we now have the sequel of it,which is equally bad and boring.

So our friends discover Africa and when they admire the landscape, Alex has a feeling of déjà vu, probably remembering his childhood but it doesn't take a genius to know that this is a clever nod to Disney, and yeah, "Dreamworks" make a hilarious come-back to Africa with a story that is as entertaining and appealing; it's got love, fights, dancing, tribes' codes, and great character developments through many plots and subplots.

What disturbs me is that so much of the propaganda in this film is being aimed at children, and most parents don't even realize it.

The main voice-over cast returned for this sequel, and they once again did a great job, plus the characters are still entertaining, including the four leads and the military penguins.

If you like the successful 2005 CGI effort from DreamWorks, I think this sequel is well worth watching.

The movie has a villain, a love story and basically everything else in it that is required to make a typical enjoyable animated movie with.

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is a very enjoyable movie that fans of the first one will definitely enjoy.

Again this is a extremely mediocre film that wasted the great voice talents & a boring pointless plot too.

This movie made me yawn a lot.

Of course, most animated films are only as good as the voice actors, and while the big four of Stiller, Rock, Schwimmer, and Pinkett Smith are enjoyable, it's Sacha Baron Cohen who steals the movie once again as King Julien.

Instead, it came out with Boring, lame, and highly stupid jokes with adult tones.

A sequel that is actually better, and more enjoyable, than the original.

Ben Stiller had fewer chances at being funny, as they had to handle all the major slower moments.

the voice acting is well done, and the pop-culture references are very funny and quite intelligent, something that dreamworks have been doing now for a while to distract the adults from being bored.

It was action-packed and suspenseful at times.

Bernie Mac, rest in peace, but his performance was rather bland and could have been done by anyone else.

MADAGASCAR: ESCAPE 2 Africa will feel like too short of a movie, but that's also something that I can appreciate because I don't think it has any intention of trying to be all Oscar worthy, it's nothing more than telling a light, enjoyable story with good moral value lesson and that's about it.

Pretty enjoyable, just as the first one...

There were a lot of pointless parts of the movie and it showed the action of Alex the Lion way to much like a little lion cub.

It's a very similar route taken by Ice Age and their increasingly tedious sequels.

Thank God the sequel to 2005's "Madagascar" turned out to be thoroughly enjoyable.

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa do not have the same quality of the first , the plot looks like a copy of the first , the film is less funny is funny that the first does not have good times also , the characters still charismatic , but that does not save the film, has some funny moments , especially when the old lady appears , the plot in addition to remember the first film , is very cliché, the soundtrack is cool, the voice work is still relevant , the villain of the film is not convincing, the old lady gave more threat he , and the moments of Melman giraffe , Hippo with Glory are very annoying , I found the very Melman forced in this movie , Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is much lower than the first , more than to give a good laugh .

"Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" is enjoyable and definitely worth seeing.

All in all, this is quite a funny movie and worth watching.

Instead, they create very geometric, blocky characters that while uninspiring do echo the goofy and care-free nature of the films.

Disappointing, predictable and unnecessarily violent .

For children and adults a very entertaining and relaxing cartoon.

And while the movie is entertaining, compared to almost any Pixar movie, this seems like a fast food (snack).

I went to watch this movie last Sunday with a dozen of my friends expecting to see another entertaining movie from DreamWorks like Shrek I, Shrek II or Kung Fu Panda.

Unhinged slow predictable plot - c.

The film's climax actually delivered and it was more exciting than the first film's climax.

In Escape 2 Africa then spend the entire film doing their own thing showing how boring these characters are when they are by themselves.

I don't mind violence being shown in a cartoon style - the bird being blown up by Fiona's singing in Shrek 1 was quite brute, but I enjoyed it.

The only two problems that I do have with this film is that while the story does have more heart than the original film, it's still predictable and does have it's similarities to the Lion King and Happy Feet and several scenes were dragged a lot throughout the movie.

Since when does an 8 year old think any G or PG animated movie is boring?

Madagascar 2 is the prime example of this: purely fun and entertaining until it tries to distribute family values.

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa was a pretty enjoyable Dreamworks Animation sequel .

Unfortunately, many of the gags were quite predictable e.

There is a long part in the middle that is really boring, and all the kids (and a lot of the adults) in the audience became very restless.

Overall I found this sequel an engaging watch and I found it more adventurous than the first.

Visually, "Madagascar 2" is breathtaking particularly in its sweeping African vistas.

If you enjoy Madagascar, then I think Escape 2 Africa is worth the watch.

For the rest of us, this is a slow trudge through familiar ground chocked full with broad slapstick prat- falls.

The wonderful voices of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sasha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer, Andy Richter, Bernie Mac, Alec Baldwin and Sherri Shepherd accompany this picture that is entertaining, clever and a visual treat to the max!

New York Zoo animals, Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the Hippo are still stranded in Madagascar,try and start to leave the island.

So the main of this movie involves how the group from Madagascar integrate into the existing African animal dynamics, and how they must cooperate to save the animals from an unexpected drought.

In conclusion, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is a very entertaining and enjoyable movie the whole family will enjoy.