Zoo animals (Ben Stiller, Chris Rock) from New York meet others of their species for the first time after crash-landing on the Dark Continent.
" Emotionally and visually richer than its 2005 original. "
" Fans of the first Madagascar will find much to enjoy in Escape 2 Africa. "
" Happily, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is a worthy follow-up that builds on its predecessor's successes and adds to them. "
" It has everything Madagascar had three years ago, but also two things the original was woefully lacking: a good yarn and genuine yuks. "
" Lessons about family loyalty, tolerance, ingenuity, and sacrifice add depth to the screenplay by Etan Cohen and directors Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath. "
" Surprise, surprise, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is the rare sequel that is better than the original. "
" The animation is sharp, and whenever things start to get confusing, a penguin or lemur comes onscreen and does something really funny. "
" The roots are shallow, but the sequel is good-natured, high-spirited and perfectly enjoyable if you take it for what it is. "
" The sequel, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, is a better film, though -- less manic, more easygoing. "
" This is a really funny movie. "
" This is great. I loved it. "
" This is one of those rare occasions where the sequel is better than the original - but only by a whisker. "
" A by-the-numbers follow-up to the highly successful 2005 feature that was no great shakes to begin with. "
" If you own a TV, you will have heard the best laughs excerpted in unrelenting commercials leading up to the movie's release. "
" It's bad enough when sequels repeat the plot of their original movie. But it's serious chutzpah when the sequel cribs key plot points of another movie, as Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa does with The Lion King. "
" One reason to lament the existence of Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is too bemoan the considerable amount of talent that was tied up developing this uninspired sequel when it could have been employed in the service of something fresh and new. "
" This mediocre sequel to the 2005 DreamWorks Animation hit doesn't offer much to engage minds that have moved beyond coloring books. "
" Whenever we move away from their scenes -- sharp and quickly edited -- the film slows a bit. Whenever we skip to one of the main characters learning yet another life lesson, the fun begins to fade. "
" While Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa may offer hope to inter-species romance enthusiasts, for most adults it will simply serve as a way to keep the kids occupied. "
" With so many characters to cram in and not much for many of them to do, Escape 2 Africa ends up a choppy, episodic affair. "
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