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Madagascar – Escape 2 Africa – Trailer

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is a 2008 animated film written by Etan Cohen, and directed by Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath. This sequel to the 2005 film Madagascar continues the adventures of Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, and Gloria the Hippo. It won the 2009 Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Animated Movie.

It stars the voices of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer, and Andy Richter. Also providing voices are Bernie Mac, Alec Baldwin, Sherri Shepherd, Elisa Gabrielli, and will.i.am. It was produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures, and was released on November 7, 2008.

The film starts as a prequel, showing a small part of Alex’s early life, including his capture by hunters. It soon moves to shortly after the point where the original left off, with the animals deciding to return to New York. They board an airplane in Madagascar, but crash-land in Africa, where each of the central characters meets others of the same species; Alex is reunited with his parents. Problems arise, and their resolution occupies much of the remainder of the film.

The movie was released posthumously after the death of Bernie Mac who voices “Zuba The Lion.” The movie reads: For our friend Bernie Mac, thanks for all the laughter in the final credits.

There were many cultural references in this film, one being Sandy Koufax on the cover of a Life magazine.

Cast

Ben Stiller as Alex the Lion
Chris Rock as Marty the Zebra, Other Zebras
David Schwimmer as Melman the Giraffe
Jada Pinkett Smith as Gloria the Hippopotamus
Sacha Baron Cohen as King Julien the Lemur
Cedric the Entertainer as Maurice the Aye-Aye
Andy Richter as Mort the Lemur
Bernie Mac as Zuba the Lion
Sherri Shepherd as Florrie the Lioness (credited as “Mom”)
Alec Baldwin as Makunga the Lion
Elisa Gabrielli as Nana
will.i.am as Moto Moto the Hippopotamus
Tom McGrath as Skipper the Penguin
Chris Miller as Kowalski the Penguin
Christopher Knights as Private the Penguin
John DiMaggio as Rico the Penguin
Conrad Vernon as Mason (Phil is unvoiced)
Fred Tatasciore as Teetsi the Lion, Poacher #1
Eric Darnell as Joe the Witch Doctor, Poacher #2
Al Roker as Newscaster
Stephen Kearin as Stephen the Giraffe, Rhinoceros, Tourist with video camera
Danny Jacobs as Tourist with New York T-shirt
Dan O’Connor as Cape Buffalo, Tourist with University Shirt
Stacy Ferguson as Female Hippopotamus
Harland Williams as Additional Giraffe
Bridget Hoffman as Female Tourist
Quinn Dempsey Stiller (Ben Stiller’s real-life son) as Baby Alex
Declan Swift also as Baby Alex
Thomas Stanley as Baby Marty
Zachary Gordon as Baby Melman
Willow Smith (Jada Pinkett Smith’s real-life daughter) as Baby Gloria
David P. Smith as Bobby the Dik-Dik
Conner Rayburn as Little Giraffe
John Eric Bentley (additional voices)

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