Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
- Director: Tom McGrath
- Genre: Animation, Kids
- Details: US / 89mins (G).
- Release Date: 05/12/2008
As usual, there are a multitude of pop references for adults that kids will enjoy too: gags nicked from (sorry, pay homage to) West Side Story, The Simpsons, The Twilight Zone, Planet Of The Apes and the plane crash scene from Almost Famous; while there's a number of song and dance numbers that include Private Dancer and More Than A Feeling. The best gag, although, has to go to Alex's Deja vu line - a nod and a wink by the filmmakers that we've seen all this before, perhaps? It might star Ben Stiller and Chris Rock, but neither are able to bring their own brand of comedy to the proceedings. As with the previous instalment, the best thing about Escape 2 Africa are the penguin mafia. But, again, there's not enough of them. Sacha Baron Cohen and Cedric The Entertainer return to lend their voices.
Review by Gavin Burke | 09:00 | Friday 5th December 2008 | Movie Review
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