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Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Review Critics


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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    More animals don't necessarily translate to more fun and laughter, at least not when it comes to animated sequels.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The roots are shallow, but the sequel is good-natured, high-spirited and perfectly enjoyable if you take it for what it is.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Cartoons can get away with being serviceable and skillful without much creativity since they have an endlessly renewing audience. "Mad 2" surfs along on such waves, entertaining youngsters while mildly amusing adults.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Escape 2 Africa is pretty tame, but it knows how to keep its own turf tidy.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    This is a brighter, more engaging film than the original "Madagascar."

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 6+

Fun sequel has some romance, peril, adult humor.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this sequel to the popular animated movie Madagascar will likely please all ages. But there are some mild sexual allusions (Gloria the hippo flirts with a brawny male hippo who likes her figure and isn't shy about saying so) and cartoonish violence (sequences include a plane crash, a handbag-packing grandma, and hunters wielding guns). There's also come crude/potty humor to watch out for, and an upsetting scene early on in which a young Alex is separated from his father against his will.

  • Families can talk about the film's portrayals of friendships and how friends can deal with their companions' different personalities.
  • Families can also discuss the film's use of clichs and stereotypes as jokes.
  • Also, ask kids what they think about Alex's dilemma, especially when he realizes he's not like the other lions who grew up with a pride. What do you think of how he handles the situation?
  • And what of Melman and Gloria and Marty's plight after finding themselves in the savannah? How does their adventure tear them apart and -- more importantly -- bring them together?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true0

    Educational value: Not applicable

  • message true1

    Messages: Lessons in being loyal to your friends dominate the plot. There's some crude/potty humor along the way (spitting, nose picking, etc.).

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Four friends drift apart after crash landing in Africa and must face -- and accept -- their own weaknesses. There are some challenging moments, as when Alex can't tell the difference between Marty and other zebras, but in the end, the characters do seem to find peace within themselves and in turn be better friends to others.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence and scariness: A few scenes may be a little disturbing for younger kids. There's a jarring plane crash that puts characters in peril, but no one is seriously hurt. An old lady gets into a physical fight with a lion, and the lion has no compunctions about hitting her back (both take some hard hits but come out OK). The same woman fights with other lions later. Guns are trained on animals, and there's a power struggle between two leaders on the savannah. A lion rite of passage involves a fight for dominance. Animals, including a main character, are shown in what are called "dying holes" when they are sick. One main character almost ends up in a volcanoful of hot lava (and another minor one eventually takes the plunge). A young Alex is separated from his father against his will in a scene that could be upsetting for some kids.

  • sex false2

    Sexy stuff: A hippo flirts strongly with another hippo, who tells her several times how much he likes her body. Some additional mild romance.

  • language false0

    Language: "Stupid" and "butt" are as salty as it gets.

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Mentions of an iPod and the New York Zoo, as well as references to being famous and catering to one's audience. And, of course, the movie itself is tied into a lot of merchandise and other marketing initiatives.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable