Those zany animated animals are back and they're up to some funny 3-D antics in DreamWorks' latest installment.
The original film had four animals that left the comfort of their New York Central Park Zoo for more wild and exotic places. The animals are now homesick and will do anything to find a way to get back to good old Manhattan.
Ben Stiller returns as the voice of Alex the lion, David Schwimmer is Melman the giraffe, Jada Pinkett-Smith voices Gloria the hippo and Chris Rock once again voices Marty the zebra. Rock has a perfect voice for animation, his amped-up personality comes out loud and clear. There's also a couple of new characters - Martin Short voices an Italian seal and the talented Frances McDormand is the voice for a crazy, over-the-top French game warden named Captain DuBois.
Using very convoluted logic to get passage home, the animals break into a casino. When their little stunt backfires, DuBois is hot on their trail. She pursues them through narrow streets and over rooftops. The chase scenes are fast and furious, and the kids in the audience thoroughly enjoyed them.
There's also plenty of humor which should appeal to adults and keep them interested. Madagascar 3 has a lot to like - monkeys, cute penguins, funny European accents and a traveling circus sequence with Marty hamming it up while wearing a colorful Afro wig.
The use of 3-D enhances the action scenes and although the storyline is a bit disjointed, its a fun time for the entire family and the best film in the series.