2005, Movie, PG, 80 mins


Alec Baldwin Will Rock Madagascar 2

Alec Baldwin by Brian Ach/

Madagascar Escape 2 Africa is nearing production and a few new voice cast members will be joining Ben Stiller Chris Rock David Schwimmer Jada Pinkett Smith Sacha Baron Cohen Cedric the Entertainer and Andy Richter in the recording studio in their pajamas as we always like to thinkBernie Mac and Sherri Shepherd will voice the parents of Stillers lion Alec Baldwin is a rival of Macs pride leader and William of the Black Eyed Peas will bring to life a watering hole lothario Matt Mitovich read more

Madagascar Penguins Suit Up for New Kids' Series

Madagascar courtesy DreamWorks

Those scene-stealing birds from Madagascar have rated their own TV series. Nickelodeon has picked up 26 half-hour episodes of The Penguins of Madagascar, in which the tuxedoed critters of the Central Park Zoo (mistakenly, i assume) go about believing that they are members of an elite strike force. "The DreamWorks animation team developed richly creative characters that... are just plain hysterical," Nick prez Cyma Zarghami notes. "We can't wait to treat our audience to the same vibrant and vivid animation."Penguins is expected to take nonflight in early 2009. read more

In the Works: Madagascar, the Series

Per Variety, Nickelodeon and DreamWorks Animation are teaming up on a pair of weekly series based on 2005's Madagascar and the forthcoming animated feature Kung Fu Panda.... The CW is looking to play Thirteen Songs, a drama now in development about an all-girl rock group. read more


Come 2008, expect a sequel to Madagascar, again featuring the voices of Chris Rock, Ben Stiller and Jada Pinkett Smith as Marty the Zebra, Alex the Lion and Gloria the Hippo, respectively. Meanwhile, the Madagascar penguins will get their own DVD release in 2009.... Variety reports that Martin Short is in talks to play a villainous Jack Frost in The Santa Clause 3, which again will star Tim Allen as the North Pole VIP. read more

Can you explain what an ...

Cast of characters: Jude Law and Gwyneth Platrow in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (above); Shrek 2

Question: Can you explain what an animated film director does? What I really what to know is whether directors like Shrek 's Andrew Adamson have the same kind of impact on the way the movie turns out as, say, Clint Eastwood, who won the Best Director Oscar last year, had on Million Dollar Baby. Answer: An interesting question. Clearly the director of an animated film doesn't do one of the things we most associate with movie directors, which is working with actors. Though that said, the director of an animated film does work with the voice actors, and more and more the actors doing voice work on major animated films are the same performers who appear in major live-action films. The cast of read more

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