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(Review originally written at 1 May 2009)

To be honest, I though that the first "Madagascar" movie was often being more irritating than funny. "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" is a big improvement however, as this movie is actually really pleasant to watch.

The comedy has been really improved for this movie. While "Madagascar" was often more relying on its fast pace and lots of screaming and jumping this movie actually builds up its comical moments, providing the movie with plenty of laughs.

There are lots of returning comical characters for this movie, as well as some new ones. The most fun characters from the first movie luckily make their appearance again but it also gives the new characters their room. It makes the movie a bit full perhaps when it comes down to all of its characters. You can even wonder if Marty, Melman and Gloria were truly necessary for within this movie. They often cause the movie to slow down and drag at points, as the movie in essence is mostly about Alex who is getting reunited with his parents after a failed flight back to New York from Madagascar.

The story, though also not much special, is more interesting and memorable than was the case with its predecessor. The movie has a villain, a love story and basically everything else in it that is required to make a typical enjoyable animated movie with. The movie is fun entertainment for the entire family.

The animations still aren't exactly top-notch looking when comparing it to different genre movies but in this movie this gets actually less distracting since the movie is simply almost constantly so fun to watch. The animations of course also still are an improvement from its 2005 predecessor but it really visually isn't the best the genre has to offer this present day.

All of the big voice-actor names are back for this movie as well such as Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen and Cedric the Entertainer. The movie its cast list got expanded this time with Bernie Mac, Alec Baldwin and Will i Am. It was one of Bernie Mac's final roles and this movie got also dedicated to his memory.

A definite improvement over the first movie!

7/10

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About Frank Veenstra

Watches movies...writes about them...and that's it for now.
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