I have said it before and I will say it again, kid’s movies nowadays are among the best animated films ever and they just seem to be getting better. And the best thing is, us parents don’t mind sitting through them now as there is plenty of content within them that we find amusing as well. Thanks to studios like Disney, Pixar and Dreamworks, animated movies have become some of the highest grossing films to hit the movie theatres. One of the most popular series out there is the Madagascar series which has been consistently funny and a blast to watch for kids and adults alike. The third film is Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted from Dreamworks.
Although they liked their time in Africa, Alex the lion (Ben Stiller), Marty the zebra (Chris Rock), Melman the giraffe (David Schwimmer) and Gloria the hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith) still long for their home in the Central Park Zoo in New York City. They figure they can still make it home if they can find the ingenious penguins who left Africa for Monte Carlo. But once they find them, they also attract the attention to a determined Animal Control agent (Frances McDormand) who is bent on capturing Alex’s head for her collection. While trying to escape her, the friends stumble upon a travelling circus and join in to try and blend and hide from the authorities. But once in the circus, they may get more than they bargained for when try to get along with the temperamental tiger Vitaly (Bryan Cranston) and the other animals of the circus.
I gotta say, I think I enjoyed Madagascar 3 better than the first two installments. There is a faster pace here, more laughs, and some great character moments as the zoo animals try to learn how to be performers with the established circus animals. Chris Rock’s Marty has some particularly great moments such as the now infamous Polka Dot Afro song and the flying zebra scene. All of the voice performances here are full of energy and just loaded with great lines. My favorite is Sacha Baron Cohen’s King Julien the lemur. Every line out of his mouth is pure comedy gold. And his love affair with a gigantic grizzly bear is equally hilarious with a touch of actual sentiment. These movies have always been fun, but Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted raises the bar on an already solid series.
The Blu-ray from Paramount is exactly what you expect from a big Hollywood animated film. Near perfect. Colors are bold and pop right out at you, sharpness and detail is astounding, black levels are deep and inky and the soundtrack is alive and active in every channel. This is a stellar transfer and is also loaded with an amazing array of special features that the kids will love. If you are a fan of animated films, with or without kids, Madagascar 3 is a winner. And in select packs, you get your own polka dot afro as well! I’m wearing mine right now.
Available October 16, 2012 on Blu-ray and DVD.