Movies, like people, benefit from a great first impression, and the animated sequel Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
certainly leads with its strongest sequence. Opening with an elaborate chase scene through Monte Carlo, the filmmakers keep adding physical and verbal gags with dizzying confidence until the sequence establishes its own laws of physics -- like when the Road Runner could hover in the air forever while Wile E. Coyote would plummet to the ground. It’s arguably the best sustained bit in any of the Madagascar
films, and it builds up such good will that we can forgive the rest of the picture for never matching it.
The story this time a...