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Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012)

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The Madagascar animals join a struggling European circus to get back to New York, but find themselves being pursued by a psychotic animal control officer.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Stiller ... Alex (voice)
Chris Rock ... Marty (voice)
David Schwimmer ... Melman (voice)
Jada Pinkett Smith ... Gloria (voice)
Sacha Baron Cohen ... Julien (voice)
Cedric the Entertainer ... Maurice (voice)
Andy Richter ... Mort (voice)
Tom McGrath ... Skipper / First Policeman (voice)
Frances McDormand ... Captain Chantal Dubois (voice)
Jessica Chastain ... Gia (voice)
Bryan Cranston ... Vitaly (voice)
Martin Short ... Stefano (voice)
Chris Miller ... Kowalski (voice)
Christopher Knights Christopher Knights ... Private (voice)
Conrad Vernon ... Mason / Second Policeman (voice)
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Storyline

Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman are still trying to get back to the Big Apple and their beloved Central Park zoo, but first they need to find the penguins. When they travel to Monte Carlo, they attract the attention of Animal Control after gate crashing a party and are joined by the penguins, King Julian and Co., and the monkeys. How do a lion, zebra, hippo, giraffe, four penguins, two monkeys, three lemurs travel through Europe without attracting attention and get back to New York? They join a traveling circus. Their attempts to get back to New York are consistently hampered by the Captain of Animal Control who wants to make Alex part of her collection. Once they make it back to New York Marty, Alex, Gloria and Melman realize that they want to be part of the traveling circus. Written by Anonymous

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Six years ago, they disappeared without a trace. Next summer, they finally resurface See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild action and rude humor | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

8 June 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Madagascar 3 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$145,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$60,316,738, 10 June 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$216,391,482

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$746,921,274
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jack Black were considered for the role of Stefano. See more »

Goofs

When tracking down Alex, Marty, Gloria, and Melman, Dubois mentions they never should have left the forest and now they must deal with her. However, the forest is not a common habitat for any of the animals used in the film. See more »

Quotes

Alex: The Colosseum, the original theater in the round, Marty. You know, my ancestors used to perform here.
Marty: No kiddin'?
Alex: Yeah. Every show had a captive audience. Apparently, they killed.
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Crazy Credits

DreamWorks Animation Logo, the blue sky and the camera pans down to start the movie since Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008). See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Mad: Outtagascar/Fiends (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Cool Jerk
Written by Donald Storball
Performed by The Capitols
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Summer's most wanted animation.
7 June 2012 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

"Poor animals. Now, you deal with ME!" Capitaine Chantel DuBois (voice of Frances McDormand)

Although I miss Fantastic Mr. Fox as much as any contemporary animal fable, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted is a lees cerebral but more athletic entry into my canon of animations that satisfy both children and adults. Our heroes, led by the charismatic lion Alex (Ben Stiller), are determined to go back to New York by way of a traveling European circus.

If you judge by the quote at the beginning of this essay, you'll note that even the villain, Ciaptaine DuBois, is fun, albeit French, a culture open for satire along with Italy and other vulnerable targets. In fact, DuBois' pursuit of the animals over Europe is a delightful mash-up of goofiness and wit. When she sings Edith Piaf's "Non, je ne regrette rien," I confirmed my nostalgic commitment to this animation and acknowledged the brilliance that would integrate that legendary lament.

Although this animation is written by Fantastic Mr. Fox's Noah Baumbach, much more slapstick and far faster segments occur than in Fox, making it a lesser production but far more attractive to younger audiences. Even the 3-D shamelessly throws debris at the screen. Attractive to all audiences is a major theme of looking ahead to expanding one's talents and seeing home as another springboard for growth rather than a sedate refuge.


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