If you know me at all, you know that I’m a huge cartoon fan, and I love watching the Penguins of Madagascar on Nickelodeon. If they ever release the show on DVD, that would really clear some space up off of my DVR. If you haven’t seen the first two Madagascar movies, you won’t have a hard time following the story, but will miss some of the subtle references to previous movies.
The premise of the third movie starts as the second movie finishes, the four friends are in Africa and want to get back to New York. The penguins have flown off with the only plane and are headed to Monte Carlo to gamble with the chimps. The lion, hippo, giraffe and zebra all follow them, but begin being hunted by a crazed French Animal Control officer. She hunts them down as they join and purchase a circus that could go to America if it is good enough. The way there is full of mistakes and hilarious scenes, many of which are more adult than not, but still had the kids in the theatre laughing.
The humour is aimed at kids, mostly, but there are a great deal of adult related jokes that I found myself enjoying, mostly involving the lemur king, King Julien and the penguins, all regularly appear in the cartoon. What was tough was the voices for those characters were the usual celebrities and not the ones from the TV show, so that was slightly distracting at times.
It was a nice, fun movie. The 3D was quite good as well, items flying through the screen at regular intervals. The whole experience was quite good and one of the better animated movies I’ve seen in some time. This is one of those movies you can take anyone to and they should enjoy it.