Overall Rank: 2494
Average Rating: 2.7/4
# of Ratings: 338
Theatrical Release Date: 05/27/2005
Genre: Animation, Adventure
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath
Actors: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer
Plot: A mid-life crisis strikes Marty the zebra at New York's Central Park Zoo and he makes a break for freedom. Followed by star Alex the lion, Gloria the brash hippo and Melman the hypochondriac giraffe, the four are captured and sent to a wildlife reserve in Kenya. Due to a quartet of meddling penguins, they instead end up in Madagascar where true freedom brings about some surprising changes. -- Chris Kavan
Quick Movie Reviews
Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 07/03/2019
It was perhaps serviceable when first released, but the animation hasn't aged that well and better Dreamworks films (including ones in this franchise) have come along.
Matthew Brady - wrote on 08/18/2014
This movie was funny and cute. But not the best DreamWorks movie.
FSUNoles27TS - wrote on 12/05/2012
I thought this movie was funny and cute for all ages. This one doesn't quite measure up to either sequel.
Full Movie Reviews
The M.O.W. - wrote on 08/02/2008
"Marty" (Chris Rock), "Alex" (Ben Stiller), "Gloria" (Jada Pinkett Smith) and "Melman" (David Schwimmer) are different species of animals who live at the New York City Zoo. They are best of friends who live in adjoining habitats.
It's "Marty's" 10th birthday, and he has only one wish. He wants to go to the wild. The rest of the group thinks the comical zebra is insane for wanting to leave the lap of luxury that is the zoo.
"Marty's" dream is bolstered by a group of militaristic penguins who are trying to dig their way to Antarctica. He then breaks out himself to head to Connecticut, which has a beautiful zoo apparently. So he starts to wander around the "Big Apple" to try to get to Grand Central Station to catch the express to Connecticut. But his three friends go after him, and …
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