As the traditional eve before the christmas eve-movie, watched Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa yesterday. While the original Madagascar from 2005 was by no means a bad movie (though has gone unreviewed here), the sequel takes the franchise to new heights.
The story borrows from dozens of sources, from some bigger chunks, from others individual lines to spice up the plot. Thus the movie is a cornucopia of intertextuality, so packed with references that a big fraction of them goes amiss on the first viewing.
As in the first movie of the series, the main cast gets overshadowed by co-stars – Sacha Baron Cohen’s Lemur King and especially the crack team of four militaristic penguins are given ample time on screen, and they use it well. Watched the movie with original soundtrack, so I’ve no idea what the dubbed version is like, but Ville Valo’s turn as the amorous hippopotamus is an interesting idea.
Based on the strength of these two movies, I’d expect part three to land somewhere in 2010, and seriously hope for an extra dose of the penguins on the dvd release.