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A Review By Rocksolidus


Director: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath, Conrad Vernon
Cast: Ben Stiller, David Schwimmer, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett-Smith
Rated PG: mild language, crude humor and some thematic elements
Running Time: 80 min.
Okay, lets stay open-minded here. After all, the directors, producers and film crew were aiming for children's movie solely. THIS IS NOT A SHREK!! If you talk trash about this movie not having complex humor then you are a moron, this is exactly what a children's movie should be. There should be no sexual references, no imminate danger, just good wholesome values and some entertaining imagery.
This is a tale of four animals in a Manhatten show zoo. The main attraction being Alex the lion (Stiller) who is self-absorbed, and who's main goal is finding new ways of impressing zoo visiters, either with his stylish roar, or his sleek posing. A medical nightmare, a giraffe named Melman, can't stand to not have his water purified, and have his MRI's regularly or he can't continue sanely.
Marty, an emotionally distraught, and restless zebra longs to be free and roaming in the wild shortly after his tenth birthday,  of all, probably the main character of the whole movie. Lastly, Gloria, the full-figured hippopotamous, only cares for her friends. Her emotional attachment is unmatched and she really keeps the four of the friends bound.
Uniqueness, and human characteristics of the four animals can show children some basic and important values including friendship, dedication, and individuality. The creaters are really conecting with the youth audience by making movies like this, great essence buileder. The movie takes off when Marty's and the gang's "endanger" gets them shipped back to the wild. All is fine until a few psycotic penguins take over the vessel and disban the crew to a remote island of Madagascar.
A movie with a plot, not too complicated for intended audience, but entertaining enough to captivate the viewers in the duration of the full 80 min. of film. There is another point, the movie would be considered "short" by today's standards. Most movies run from near 2 hours to 4 hours in lenght, this movie being a little over 1 hour in length. But this briefness of the film does not effect the story in any way, the makers seemed to be able to fit enough into the time allowance and still make a great children's film.
Good Points
-Stayed true to the audience base
-Content is safe for the inended audience
-People of all ages can be entertained
Bad Points
-Note: the makers seemed to create a children's movie that hit all of the points that make-up a great film.
Rating: 6.5/10

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