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America’s Favorite Blocky Animals Return in “Madagascar 2”

Madagascar 2

The reason there’s a sequel to this film is obvious: a $532 million box office take worldwide. The sequel is called Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, which confirms the demographic they’re shooting for is anyone who thinks having the numeral 2 in the title like that is clever.

Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer and Andy Richter all return. New to the cast are: Bernie Mac as Ben Stiller’s dad, Mufasa; Sherri Shepherd from The View as Ben Stiller’s mom, Sarabi; Alec Baldwin as Scar, a challenger to Bernic Mac’s throne. Hmm. I might have mixed up the names.

[ad#longpost] from The Black Eyed Peas as Moto Moto, described as “a watering hole lothario,” although a Motorola spokesman might have been a good choice too. A water hole secret agent would have been an even more point-worthy choice. And I’m sure in an early draft he was a sloth named Slothario. These are all free ideas and probably jokes that were (hopefully) wisely cut from the finished screenplay.

In the highly-anticipated sequel to “Madagascar,” Alex, Marty, Melman, Gloria, King Julien, Maurice and the penguins and the chimps find themselves marooned on the distant shores of Madagascar. In the face of this obstacle, the New Yorkers have hatched a plan so crazy it just might work. With military precision, the penguins have repaired an old crashed plane — sort of. Once aloft, this unlikely crew stays airborne just long enough to make it to the wildest place of all — the vast plains of Africa, where the members of our zoo-raised crew encounter species of their own kind for the very first time. Africa seems like a great place … but is it better than their Central Park home?

So this is Flight of the Phoenix meets The Lion King? Anyway, by “highly-anticipated sequel,” they mean highly anticipated…by DreamWorks. And with a half-billion dollar incoming franchise on their hands, you’d be a little giddy too, methinks. How long before it follows Shrek to Broadway? Any takers on a bet?

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