- Cast: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Frances McDormand, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer, Andy Richter, Bryan Cranston, Jessica Chastain, Martin Short, Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, John DiMaggio, Christopher Knights
- Director: Eric Darnell
- Writer: Noah Baumbach
- Producers: Mireille Soria, Mark Swift
- Music: Hans Zimmer
Alex the lion (Ben Stiller), Marty the zebra (Chris Rock), Melman the giraffe (David Schwimmer) and Gloria the hippopotamus (Jada Pinkett Smith) are still fighting to get home to New York; King Julien, Maurice, Mort, and the penguins are along for the adventure. This time the road takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus which they will reinvent Madagascar style.
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- MPAA Warning: Some mild action and rude humor
- Production Companies: DreamWorks Animation
2012 Guide Analysis: "Dreamworks' most unnecessary franchise returns for a third outing with the four former zoo animals still trying to return to New York and ending up stranded in Monte Carlo. From there they join a travelling circus which moves around several European cities, along the way helping the other creatures in the circus rediscover their passion for performing.
The surprise draw here is that the script this time has been penned by Noam Baumbach, yes the writer of "The Life Acquatic with Steve Zissou", "The Squid and the Whale" and "Greenberg". Jeffrey Katzenberg obviously saw the acclaim Baumbach's "Fantastic Mr. Fox" adaptation received and wanted a piece of that action.
Even so, what new elements can he bring? One difference is that the new setting means there's a lot more interaction with humans this time around including the voice of Frances McDormand as an over enthusiastic animal control officer. The setting also allows for some classic Bond-inspired antics with the penguins, and some fun changes of locale including Monaco, Rome, the French Alps and London.
There are three major new animal characters - a Russian tiger, an Italian jaguar and a sea lion - but the voices haven't been announced as yet. The previous two films raked in $532 and $600 million respectively, with the added 3D surcharge this time around it might just hit a new record for the franchise."