Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008) – Film Review
Director: Eric Darnell
Voice Cast: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett-Smith
by Matt Callard
The unfathomable rules of animation state that with each sequel there shall be fewer laughs, less fun and a ﬂagrant re-hashing of the best moments from the ($533m grossing!) original.
Madagascar 2 deviates not an inch from the formula, paying scant heed towards our genuine desire for a decent family ﬁlm this festive season and lazily ripping oﬀ The Lion King in the process.
There’s a never-ending supply of voice talent at hand – Sacha Baron Cohen teases out a few corner smiles with his autocratic lemur – but little in the way of character development from the original movie and all the new animals are half-drawn excuses for yet more famous voiceovers.
Sure, it’s bright and detailed and not without moments of levity but, my, this churning out, this inevitability, this predictability. The movie is a pointless endeavour – except as a money-making machine hiding behind a smiling kiddie facade.
Now, who’s gonna stand for such lurid cynicism as this in these cash-careful times? Here’s the Christmas turkey then.