Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

Madagascar 2 is a computer-animated cartoon, which started off in German cinemas on December 4, 2008. The production comes, like its predecessor, Madagascar, DreamWorks Animation.


The four New York Zoo animals, Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the Hippo, who were stranded in the previous film in Madagascar, decide to return back to New York. Your hosts, the lemur colony under the wacky King Julien and the known from the previous film powerful penguin transition help them afloat for decades lying there a plane wreck again. For lack of fuel, the group must crash-land after a short flight time in Africa. You end up in a game reserve, whose only water source is a meeting place for many species.

The following scenes illustrate the individual adjustment problems of the four protagonists of the "old country ": Alex finds his parents again, but can not pass the entrance exam for the pack because he thinks it would be a dance competition (and no duel ), and must therefore be banished from the pack. Since this can not have the heart to his father, he is the lead from the pack to the power-hungry and vain Makunga. Marty learns a herd of optically identical conspecifics know and believe frustrated to have lost its uniqueness. As Alex, it is even impossible, to distinguish him from the others, they quarrel and Marty turns disappointed by Alex from. Gloria learns "Moto Moto " know an attractive, but rather unromantic hippo bull. Melman loves Gloria secretly consuming, runs about back, developed a new imaginary illness and waiting for death. The penguins - the only totally unaware of Africa - now collect mineral resources, steal SUV by tourists and build from the parts of the vehicle a new aircraft together.

The situation at the waterhole escalates when separated from their vehicles tourists using a self- built from logs dam the water supply to reserve interrupt (where they are led by the old New York lady who in the first film in the Grand Central Station with the lion Alex had created fearless ). Alex wants to make the perilous way out of the reserve out to find the cause of the drying up of water. Having Marty recognized among hundreds of zebras, the old friendship between lion and zebra is restored and both make together on the way. King Julien is now recommended to take a volunteer as a sacrifice into the volcano, thereby agree to the Water God so friendly and get back the water. The lovesick Melman, who believes anyway because of his imaginary illness, not being able to live long, gets in touch. Just in time, he had Gloria confessed his love that can save him at the last second before the fall into the volcano. Alex and Marty discover the dam of the tourists. Following an interim capture and subsequent rescue operation, the animals destroy the dam using the penguins and their aircraft. Alex and his father succeeds by a trick Makunga to disempower again and regain their honor and position in the pack.

Finally, all first want to stay in Africa, except for skipper who marries his beloved doll and flies along with the other penguins and the chimps with the plane and a cargo of gold and diamonds in the honeymoon in Monte Carlo.

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Production and publication

The film was produced by the studio DreamWorks Animation and directed by Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath. The music was composed by Hans Zimmer and sung by Is distributed the film in the U.S. by Paramount Pictures. The movie premiere in the United States was on November 7, 2008. Already on 30 October came the film in the Russian and Ukrainian cinema.

On December 3 had the premiere in France and Belgium, since 4 December 2008, he was seen in Germany.


The film has been translated and synchronized by the Berliner Synchron AG.


On 19 December 2008, the film won the Golden Screen for over three million moviegoers.


The saying "This is probably the second biggest slingshot I've ever seen! " At the beginning of the film is an allusion to the well-known PC Adventure Monkey Iceland from 1990, in which the protagonist Guybrush Threepwood same remark with respect to a gigantic monkey head makes. This saying is one of the running gags in the Monkey Iceland series.

The sentence " My son has returned! " Is used with almost the same scene structure, even in Pixar's Ratatouille.

Moto Moto actually means " hot, hot " in swahili.

Alex's birthmark, the outlines of the African continent.

All zebras in the film have the same voice.

The film was posthumously dedicated to the actor Bernie Mac.


A sequel titled Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted was released on June 8, 2012. Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo, and Melman the Giraffe are still trying to come home to New York. This time is their journey to a traveling circus in Europe, they want to see the new Madagascar style.