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Movie Review: Madagascar

Alternate Title: It's a Jungle Out There

Story: This funny computer animated film finds some of New York City's Central Park Zoo residents are discontented with their confined and routine lifestyle. They end up in the wild and wooly jungle of Madagascar where they will have to develop new coping skills.

This Dreamworks production features Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Melmen the giraffe, Gloria the hippo and four penguins who are all way outside of their element when they get themselves in jams in the wild.

It is cute, definitely for kids and should be on your next airplane flight.

Acting: The fine voices include Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinckett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer and Andy Richter.

Predilection: I have been a volunteer at the Central Park Zoo for the past fifteen years and could not help but see this film. I particularly enjoyed the first part of the film that takes place in NYC.

Critters: Everywhere

Food: Everyone could be someone else's dinner.

Soundtrack: Funny

Theater Audience: It is always great to see a film like this when there are kids in the theater.

Drift Factor: I started to drift during the last third of the film.

Predictability Level: I didn't care which way it ended.

Oscar Worthy: No

Soap Box: My other option for alternate title was 'Born to Be Wild' but the truth is that the wild is diminishing and habitats are shrinking at an alarming rate. Most animals in zoos have been born in other zoos or aquariums and are the ambassadors of their usually dwindling species left in the wild.

Nit Picking: Animated animals have no nits.

Big Screen or Rental: Rental would be fine.

Length: Under two hours.