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Madagascar is a computer-animated franchise produced by DreamWorks Animation. Voices of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer and Jada Pinkett Smith are featured in the films. It began with the 2005 film Madagascar, the 2008 sequel Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, and the third film Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted in 2012. A spin-off film featuring the penguins, titled Penguins of Madagascar, was released in 2014. A fourth film, Madagascar 4, was announced for 2018, but has since been removed from its schedule due to the studio's restructuring.
The overall plot through the series follows the adventures of four Central Park Zoo animals who have spent their lives in blissful captivity and are unexpectedly shipped back to Africa. Now they must struggle to survive while attempting to return to New York City with the help of a crafty cadre of penguins and with many other characters along the way.
The series has now grossed over $1.8 billion, making it the 22nd highest-grossing franchise of all time, the fourth highest-grossing animated franchise (behind Shrek, Ice Age, and Despicable Me), and the second highest-grossing DreamWorks Animation's franchise.
Madagascar is a 2005 computer-animated comedy film and the first film in the series. Directed by Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath, the film tells the story of four Central Park Zoo animals: Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, and Gloria the Hippo. These animals have spent their lives in comfortable captivity, and are unexpectedly shipwrecked on the island of Madagascar.
The film was a commercial success, grossing over $532 million worldwide.
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is a 2008 computer-animated comedy/adventure film, and the sequel to the 2005 film Madagascar. Directed by Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath, the film continues the adventures of Alex, Marty, Melman, and Gloria, who try to escape Madagascar, but they crash-land in Africa.
The film grossed over $603 million worldwide, which is higher than its predecessor.
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012)
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted is a 2012 computer animated comedy film, and the third installment in the series, directed by Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath, along with Conrad Vernon. Alex, Marty, Gloria, and Melman are still struggling to get home to New York. This time, their journey takes them to Europe where they purchase a failing traveling circus as they become close friends with the staff like Stefano the sea lion (Martin Short), Vitaly the tiger (Bryan Cranston), Gia the jaguar (Jessica Chastain), and Sonya The Bear (Frank Welker), King Julien's (Sacha Baron Cohen) true love. Together, they spectacularly revitalize the business even as the fanatical Monaco Animal Control officer Captain Chantel DuBois (Frances McDormand) relentlessly pursues them. In the end, the zoo animals finally get back to New York, only to find that they have grown too much in spirit to return to captivity, and decide to stay with the circus instead.
The film grossing over $746 million worldwide, marking the highest-grossing film in the series.
Madagascar 4 (TBA)
DreamWorks Animation C.E.O. Jeffrey Katzenberg has stated that there is likely to be a fourth installment in the franchise. However, in June 2012, DreamWorks Animation's head of worldwide marketing, Anne Globe, said, "It's too early to tell. There hasn't been a lot of discussion about that." Eric Darnell, who co-directed all three films, spoke of the possibility of the fourth film, noting, "Two things have to happen. One is that the world has to want Madagascar 4, because if they don't want it, it doesn't matter what we do. And the other thing is even if the world wants Madagascar 4, we have to make sure that we have an idea that is incredible, that is great, that is unexpected. If the audience wants it and we have a great idea, we will see – maybe." On June 12, 2014, the film was scheduled to be released on May 18, 2018. In January 2015, Madagascar 4 was removed from the release schedule following corporate restructuring and DreamWorks Animation's new policy to release two films a year.
Penguins of Madagascar (2014)
A direct-to-video film featuring the penguins had been in the works since 2005, when the first Madagascar film had been released, with a release date planned for 2009. In March 2011, it was announced that the penguin characters would be given their own feature film, similar to the 2011 Puss in Boots movie, to be directed by Simon J. Smith, the co-director of Bee Movie, produced by Lara Breay, and written by Alan J. Schoolcraft and Brent Simons, the writers of DreamWorks' Megamind. In July 2012, at Comic-Con, it was announced that the film, titled The Penguins of Madagascar, would be released in 2015. Robert Schooley, one of the producers of The Penguins series, said that the film will be unrelated to the TV series of the same name, but he did say that could always change. In September 2012, 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation announced the release date for March 27, 2015, and a new pair of writers, Michael Colton and John Aboud. In August 2013, it was reported that Benedict Cumberbatch would voice Agent Classified from the North Wind and John Malkovich the film's charming villain, Dr. Octavious Brine (a.k.a. Dave the octopus). On May 20, 2014, the film's release date was moved up to November 26, 2014, switching places with DreamWorks Animation's other film Home.
The Penguins of Madagascar
The Penguins of Madagascar is a television series that aired on Nickelodeon. In a situation completely separate and non-canonical to the Madagascar films, the series follows the adventures of the four penguins: Skipper (the leader of the group), Kowalski (the smartest), Rico (the craziest), and Private (the youngest) in New York City's Central Park Zoo. The penguins rule the roost at their Central Park habitat, carrying out secret missions in the heart of the city. At times, their missions beckon them to venture outside the zoo. King Julien, the primary antagonist, is also a resident of the zoo (though it is unknown how he, Maurice, and Mort got there) and the penguins must compete against him to maintain order in the zoo. While Tom McGrath, John DiMaggio, Conrad Vernon, and Andy Richter reprised their roles as Skipper, Rico, Mason, and Mort respectively, Jeff Bennett replaced Chris Miller as Kowalski, James Patrick Stuart replaced Christopher Knights as Private, Danny Jacobs replaced Sacha Baron Cohen as Julien, and Kevin Michael Richardson replaced Cedric the Entertainer as Maurice. The series also features a new character, Marlene, an otter voiced by Nicole Sullivan.
All Hail King Julien
All Hail King Julien is a television series starring the lemur King Julien from the Madagascar franchise, which takes place in Madagascar, before the events of the first film. The series debuted on December 19, 2014, on Netflix, when the first five 22-minute episodes were released. The series features the voices of Danny Jacobs (replacing Sacha Baron Cohen) as King Julien; Henry Winkler as Julien's regal predecessor, Uncle King Julien; Andy Richter as Mort; Kevin Michael Richardson (replacing Cedric the Entertainer) as Maurice; and India de Beaufort as Clover, the king's special-ops expert.
The Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper
The Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper is a computer-animated short film, which premiered in theaters on October 7, 2005 with the stop-motion film, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. The short was directed by animation veteran Gary Trousdale, produced by Teresa Cheng, and written by Michael Lachance. Set on Christmas Eve, the 12-minute film features four penguins from Central Park Zoo who discover that one of them has gone missing.
Merry Madagascar was a Christmas special first broadcast on the NBC network in November 2009, which starred the characters from the Madagascar film series. The story appears to takes place sometime between the first and second films. It featured many of the same voice actors as the films, including Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, and Jada Pinkett Smith. However, voice actor Danny Jacobs replaced Sacha Baron Cohen as the voice of the character King Julien. Carl Reiner provided the voice of Santa Claus. Santa Claus crash lands in his sleigh on Madagascar and loses his memory after Alex shoots him down, leaving him, Marty, Gloria and Melman to be Santa for the night. King Julien realises that Christmas is about giving and not receiving.
Madly Madagascar is a Valentine's Day-themed TV special, It was released on DVD on January 29, 2013, and starred all the main characters from the Madagascar film series. The story appears to take place sometime between the second and third films. It featured many of the same voice actors as the films, including Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, and Jada Pinkett Smith. However, voice actor Danny Jacobs once again replaced Sacha Baron Cohen as the voice of the character King Julien. King Julien finds a love potion and starts selling it to members of the watering hole, making Marty attractive to all the animals. Skipper and the penguins organise a rescue mission for his doll girlfriend. A television airdate is yet to be announced.
Cast and characters
|Characters||Films||Short film||Specials||TV Shows||Spin-off Film|
| Escape 2 Africa
| Europe's Most Wanted
| The Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper
| Merry Madagascar
| Madly Madagascar
| The Penguins of Madagascar
| All Hail King Julien
| Penguins of Madagascar|
|Alex||Ben Stiller|| Ben Stiller
Quinn Dempsey Stiller and Declan Swift (young)
|Ben Stiller||Ben Stiller||Wally Wingert||Silhouette + Archive Audio|
|Marty||Chris Rock|| Chris Rock
Thomas Stanley (young)
|Chris Rock||Chris Rock||Silhouette + Archive Audio|
|Melman||David Schwimmer|| David Schwimmer
Zachary Gordon (young)
|David Schwimmer||David Schwimmer||Silhouette + Archive Audio|
|Gloria||Jada Pinkett Smith|| Jada Pinkett Smith
Willow Smith (young)
|Jada Pinkett Smith||Jada Pinkett Smith||Silhouette + Archive Audio|
|King Julien||Sacha Baron Cohen||Danny Jacobs|| Danny Jacobs|
Sacha Baron Cohen (archive recordings)
|Skipper||Tom McGrath||Tom McGrath|
|Kowalski||Chris Miller||Jeff Bennett||Chris Miller|
|Rico||Jeffrey Katzenberg||John DiMaggio||Character is mute||John DiMaggio||Conrad Vernon|
|Private||Christopher Knights||James Patrick Stuart||Christopher Knights|
|Maurice||Cedric the Entertainer||Cedric the Entertainer||Kevin Michael Richardson|
|Mort||Andy Richter||Andy Richter|
|Mason||Conrad Vernon||Silent Cameo||Conrad Vernon|
|Phil||Character is mute, uses sign language||Character is mute, uses sign language|
|Nana||Elisa Gabrielli||Elisa Gabrielli|
|Santa Claus||Carl Reiner||Carl Reiner|
- Note: A gray cell indicates character did not appear in that medium.
|Madagascar||Eric Darnell & Tom McGrath||Mireille Soria||Mark Burton, Billy Frolick, Eric Darnell & Tom McGrath||Hans Zimmer||H. Lee Peterson|
|Escape 2 Africa||Mireille Soria & Mark Swift||Etan Cohen, Eric Darnell & Tom McGrath|
|Europe's Most Wanted||Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath & Conrad Vernon||Eric Darnell & Noah Baumbach||Nick Fletcher|
|Penguins of Madagascar||Eric Darnell & Simon J. Smith||Lara Breay & Tripp Hudson|| screenplay: Michael Colton, John Aboud & Brandon Sawyer
story: Alan Schoolcraft, Brent Simons, Michael Colton & John Aboud
|Lorne Balfe||Nick Kenway|
Box office performance
Critical and public reception
|Madagascar||55% (185 reviews)||57 (36 reviews)||A-|
|Escape 2 Africa||64% (150 reviews)||61 (25 reviews)||A-|
|Europe's Most Wanted||79% (129 reviews)||60 (26 reviews)||A|
|Penguins of Madagascar||71% (98 reviews)||53 (31 reviews)||A-|
- Madagascar video game was an adaptation of the first film, released in 2005 by Toys for Bob on the PlayStation 2, Xbox, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo DS, Game Boy Advance and GameCube consoles.
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- Madagascar: Animal Trivia DVD Game is an interactive DVD game based on the first film. It was released in 2005 by the b Equal Company. The DVD features over 1,600 questions about animals. The DVD also features Dynamic Leveling which automatically adjusts the difficulty of the questions to each player's knowledge levels. The three levels are Scout Level for 6–9 years, Explorer Levels for 10–13 years and Navigator Level for 14–106 years.
- Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa was an adaptation of the second film and was made for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, PlayStation 2, Microsoft Windows and Nintendo DS and released on November 4, 2008 in North America.
- Madagascar Kartz was released on October 27, 2009 for the Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo DS.
- The Penguins of Madagascar was released on November 2, 2010 for Nintendo DS.
- The Penguins of Madagascar: Dr. Blowhole Returns – Again! was released on September 6, 2011 for Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo DS.
- DreamWorks Super Star Kartz was released by Activision on November 15, 2011, for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS. The game features 14 different characters from the four DreamWorks' films – Madagascar, Shrek, How to Train Your Dragon, and Monsters vs. Aliens.
- Madagascar: Join the Circus!, a mobile video game, was released on June 4, 2012, for iPhone and iPad.
- Madagascar 3: The Video Game was released on June 5, 2012, for Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
- Madagascar Online, a virtual online world within the JumpStart universe, was released on October 4, 2012.
- Madagascar Preschool Surf n' Slide, a mobile learning game, was released by JumpStart on October 4, 2012, on iOS and Android platforms.
- Penguins of Madagascar, a video game based on the film of the same name, was published by Little Orbit and released on November 25, 2014, for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.
Madagascar Live! is a 90-minute theatre show based on the Madagascar film. Produced by DreamWorks Theatricals and Broadway Across America, it was directed by Gip Hoppe as the DreamWorks Animation's second stage production after Shrek the Musical. The tour started on January 28, 2011, in York, Pennsylvania, and was expected to visit more than 70 cities across the United States. After a show in New York, on April 24, 2011, Madagascar Live! was cancelled in the United States, citing "unforeseen circumstances" as the reason. Madagascar Live! then toured the United Kingdom, visiting nine cities between January 2013 and March 2013.
Madagascar Live! Operation: Vacation
Madagascar Live! Operation: Vacation is a 20-minute live stage show featuring Alex, Gloria, King Julien, Mort and The Penguins along with live singers, a live band and dancers. The show opened in 2013 at Busch Gardens Tampa and SeaWorld San Diego. The show closed at SeaWorld in January 2015 and at Busch Gardens in September 2015.
Madagascar Live! Prepare to Party
Madagascar Live! Prepare to Party is a 20-minute live stage show featuring Alex, King Julien, Gloria, Mort and The Penguins as they each present their special party games while dancing and singing. The show premiered in 2012 in an Africa area at the UK theme park Chessington World of Adventures, and in DreamWorks Experience at the Australian theme park Dreamworld. The show has now closed at Chessington and only operates at Dreamworld.
Madagascar Live! It's Circus Time
Madagascar Live! It's Circus Time is a 30-minute live show, based on the film Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted. The story follows the characters of Madagascar to a circus, where they try to avoid being captured by the animal control officer Captain Dubois by blending among its artists, performing stunts, singing and dancing. The show opened in 2012, in Everland Resort, in South Korea, and in 2013 in Heide Park, Germany, and in Gardaland, Italy.
Madagascar is one of the seven themed lands in Universal Studios Singapore, and it features lush tropical jungles as well as a water ride Madagascar: A Crate Adventure and a carousel King Julien's Beach Party-Go-Round.
Madagascar Madness is one of the three areas at the DreamWorks Experience themed land which is part of Australian theme park Dreamworld. It consists of suspended roller coaster Escape from Madagascar, a show stage King Julien's Theatre in the Wild, a ball play area MAD Jungle Jam and a merchandise shop Madagascar Cargo Hold.
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