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Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted


I admit, I used to hate Madagascar. First, because it's not Pixar. Second, the voice actors are meh (except maybe for Chris Rock and Sacha Baron Cohen). And third, the makers keep making sequels, and are obviously just in it for the money.

"Vat's wrong vit being in it for ze money?"

And then, after watching Madagascar 3, I finally got it. I finally understood why these types of films make a lot of money, which in turn will make the producers keep churning out sequels. But to explain it, I have to take you back to the early days of cinema.

"Is this gonna take long?"

More than a century ago, there was a device known as a "nickelodeon" (which is where the children's network gets its name from). This is what it looked like:

Mostly, they showed porn.

You put in a nickel, turned a crank, and the machine showed a series of images in rapid succession, giving the illusion of movement. Kind of like what bored kids do with their thick schoolbooks.

Shows just how much they love learning.

This was the precursor of movies. And people didn't flock to these machines just so they could view a person cooking, or a person riding a horse. They had that in everyday life. What they wanted to see were fairies, giant sea monsters, or aliens from space. They wanted the impossible. And not only that, they wanted the visually spectacular.

"Uh, like this?"

And that's what Madagascar 3 is─a visual spectacle. It's got bright explosions, stunning colors, and the best action sequences I've seen in an animated film since Kung Fu Panda.

It's like a Mission: Impossible action sequence.

If you've got kids, go watch Madagscar 3. They will love you for it. And if you're a kid at heart, go watch it in 3D. You won't feel like it's a waste of money. And also, if you watch any other movie, the penguins will be there to break your kneecaps.

"And where do you think you're going?"

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted. USA. 2012

Rating: Six and a half out of ten.


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