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Written By : Richard SchwartzCategory : 3. Everything
Location : Nashua, NH

Before such tour-de-force animated features as Shrek, Monsters Inc. and The Incredibles, Madagascar might have been seen as brilliant work, but the bar is high nowadays and Madagascar falls short. It's not a bad movie. It just isn't particularly good. Poor voice casting for the two leading roles is, unfortunately, the thing that stands out the most about this film. Ben Stiller does not make a convincing or sympathetic Alex The Lion, and Chris Rock as Marty The Zebra is a transparently pale imitation of Eddie Murphy doing Donkey from Shrek. David Schwimmer was a good choice for the hypochondriac Melman The Giraffe, and Jada Pinkett Smith was fine as Gloria The Hippo, but Melman was a one-joke character and Gloria was virtually invisible in both humor and plot -- an afterthought, really. The minor characters (penguins, chimps and lemurs) generally had the funniest bits. There were some good one-liners, and some recurring visual gags but many of them went by so fast that they didn't have a chance to really make an impact. The animation seemed to me to be quite uneven, as well. Alex's mane was an impressive demonstration of how much computer graphics has advanced in the past 20 years (rendering hair has been something that a lot of CG research has gone into), but Gloria seemed no more advanced than a 1940s-era Disney hippo.

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1. Duffbert05/31/2005 10:49:47 AM
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I too saw Madagascar this weekend. It might well say something about me in that I liked it better than last weekend's Star Wars flick.




2. Richard Schwartz05/31/2005 01:52:45 PM
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@Duffber: I haven't seen Star Wars III yet, so I'll have to reserve comment on that. Maybe this week.

-rich




3. Kevin06/17/2005 11:43:23 AM
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I agree with your comments on the film...

Mind you, my two year old daughter Sam is still running around the house singing "I like to move move it!"




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