In the third installment of this madcap comedy, the animals are sassy, witty, crazy and still out of the Central Park zoo and aren't you glad for it or what! Madagascar 3 is a frantic witty explosion of colors action and madness that leaves you exhilarated.
The film begins in Africa where the penguins were building a plane in the last edition. The four animals, Lion, Giraffe, Hippo and the zebra, attempt to escape back to New York, taking help of a European Circus troupe and chased by a French Animal Police.
As the action takes us from Africa to Rome to London to finally New York, the story unfolds at breakneck pace with some sizzling chases on trains, bikes, jumps from sky scrappers, dances on a high wire and even a bear riding a Ducati. The Penguins and King Julian the Lemur play their parts too and light up scenes with their energy and wit.
The story is classic animation fare, believing in your self, making the impossible possible, standing up for friends and dreaming big. The real hero though is the surreal bizzare and outstanding sequences that literally explode into a riot of colors in 3D. Psychedelic neons of the circus in the second half, dazzling fireworks , banana guns, enormously busted police woman, wise cracking side kicks and rambunctious animal groupings make for a side splitting one and half hours.
Madagascar's real strength is in its deceptive madness and insanity that hides behind it a whole load of creative genius managing to bring alive moments, characters and utilize 3D with amazing alacrity. The giraffe almost leaps out of the screen to kiss you in the face, while the police woman's gun shots threaten to put you to slumber instead of the animals. The circus is when the action really takes a magical turn as colors, animals and patterns merge to create a mad mad illusion.
Carefree ridiculousness meets nuanced emotions and morals in a way that makes this the best view this year on the big screen. This one mandates multiple viewings on the big screen, in 3D.