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Tanya Khoury: A joyride for all
June 29, 2012
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No matter what the title, the animation genre always seems to have an edge over new releases, especially during the summer period when they come in abundance. I usually make it a point to see as many as possible; however, the one franchise that I had never really got myself to see was the Madagascar one. No particular reason, just never had the chance to or was compelled to see another title, who knows. Point is I had not seen any and when the third one came out, my niece’s facial expression meant that I would forgo the first two and see the third come what may.

Perhaps due to the abundance of children in the theatre or my niece’s wide-eyed excitement or because it was contagious, I found myself smiling away while waiting for the movie to begin. I figured there wasn’t any need to sit and stress over the fact that I may miss the plot or not figure out where the last two films left off, this was ultimately a cartoon and I was there to be entertained.

The movie was a hoot to say the least and since the mood in the theatre was a joyous one I found myself cracking up just to join in excitement. The story follows the regular cast: Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman (which I figured are the main characters) as well as those splendid additions. The main story follows that crew leaving Monte Carlo and trying their best to find their way back home to the New York Zoo. Strange as that may sound, I wasn’t going to get into all that, I was too busy focusing on all the colours bursting out of the screen and Marty’s Chris Rocks’s hilarious outbursts.

As the adventure begins we are introduced to Captain Chantel Dubois — voiced by the one and only Francis McDormand, her only mission is to capture the lion Alex (Ben Stiller) and place his head as part of her hunting collection. Her role is one of the most stereotypical portrayals of a French officer of the law. Her character is played brilliantly and her animated self is hilariously magnified. Tom McGrath, Andy Richter and Martin Short also join the cast of voices that only add to the humour aspect of the film.

What certainly helped the popularity of this film and wowed its audiences (myself included) is the splendid animation in 3D, as much as I complain about my double glasses unfairness; it justifies the praise given to the picture as a whole. As the crew embarks onto a circus amongst their adventures, you feel like you are in fact a part of it all. I found myself leaning forward in anticipation of every scene within the ring. It is quite a feast for the eyes and can understand completely why the kids want to go see the film again and again.

The writing worked nicely with the feature and my favourite was the villain Dubois. McDormand shows us her talent as she pours her soul onto the screen in a fantastic rendition of Non, je ne regrette rien with all the undertones hidden in the script and was truly fun to watch. Not that I want to go back and see the first two, I feel that I was satisfied with this installment and didn’t feel the need to go back to the original story. A definite must see for kids and adults alike, let your hair down and join the ride, a deserving 7.5/10 for this one.
 
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