Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted aka Madagascar 3 is a 2012 American 3D computer-animated comedy film, produced by DreamWorks Animation, and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It is the third installment of the series, following Madagascar and Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, and it is the first film in the series to be released in 3D. Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted was released on June 8, 2012 to generally positive reviews. It is the best-reviewed Madagascar film on the review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes with a 75% "Certified Fresh" approval rating.
Directed by : Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath, Conrad Vernon
Produced by : Mireille Soria, Mark Swift
Written by : Eric Darnell, Noah Baumbach, Tom McGrath
Starring : Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer,
Music by : Hans Zimmer
Editing by : Nick Fletcher
Studio : DreamWorks Animation, Pacific Data Images
Distributed by : Paramount Pictures
Release date: 18 May 2012 (Cannes), 8 June 2012
The story continues from the events of the second film, Alex (Ben Stiller) has a nightmare about them still stranded in Africa and finding they have all gotten old. Awaking from his dream, Alex suggests to Marty (Chris Rock), Melman (David Schwimmer), and Gloria (Jada Pinkett Smith) that they should go to Monte Carlo to get the Penguins to fly them back to New York City, which everyone agrees.
In Monte Carlo, the Penguins and two chimpanzees, Mason and Phil (disguising as the King of Versailles) keep winning in gambling until Alex's gang's attempt to reach them blunders and sparks chaos in the Hotel De Paris. Hotel security calls Monaco Animal Control officer Captain Chantale DuBois (Frances McDormand) to deal with the animals, but she wants them, mainly Alex, dead as trophies. During a high-speed chase between the relentless DuBois and the animals in a truck driven by the Penguins to reach their aircraft, the animals barely manage to elude her.
In the skies of France, the plane's engines fail again and it crashes into a suburban train yard with the authorities closing in. Seeing their only chance of escape is on a circus train, the four desperately claim that they are circus animals themselves, which convinces circus mates Stefano the Sea Lion (Martin Short) and Gia the Jaguar (Jessica Chastain) to let them in. The animals soon learn from Stefano that they are performing in Rome and London, where they plan to impress a promoter to get them on their first American tour. Before the zoo animal's claim is discredited, the penguins suddenly appear with an offer to purchase the circus themselves, resulting the pleased departure of all the human staff. Meanwhile, Julien (Sacha Baron Cohen) falls in love with Sonya the Bear (Frank Welker) and goes on a city tour across Rome while the others are preparing for the performance at the Roman Coliseum. To the Zoo animals' horror, the circus proves so inept that the angered audience demands refunds to the point of chasing the circus to the departing train to London.
En route to London, the Zoo gang is in despair of wasting their money on the failing circus and no closer to getting home, but Stefano reveals to Alex that Vitaly the Tiger (Bryan Cranston) was once their inspiration. Once a professional ring jumper, his attempt at jumping through a flaming pinkie ring ended in disaster in which he burned his fur due to using too much olive oil, which is flammable, destroying his confidence in his talent and the whole circus suffered by his example. An inspired Alex has the train make a stop at the Alps and convinces the performers to rework their act to become the opposite of the successful human-only Cirque du Soleil as an animal-only circus. Heartened by Alex's vision, the zoo animals and the circus ones develop sophisticated acts together and become closer friends for their efforts, and Alex and Gia find themselves falling in love during their time together.
Meanwhile, DuBois is held in custody in Rome after causing problems with the local police officers while chasing the animals out of her jurisdiction, but escapes and researches her quarry. Once accomplished, DuBois recruits her injured men and heads towards the Alps, forcing the Four and the penguins to proceed to London despite their incomplete rehearsals. In London, the troupe prepare for the promoter in the audience, but Vitaly is discovered packing to leave. Alex convinces Vitaly to stay by reminding him of how he enjoys performing the impossible and suggests that he use conditioner shampoo as a safer lubricant to perform his flaming ring jump. As a result, Vitaly's stunt is performed perfectly, which proves to be just the opening of a spectacularly successful show. After the impressed promoter arranges for an American tour, DuBois shows up with a paper showing that Alex is a missing lion from the zoo. Though the penguins are able to foil DuBois' plan to capture Alex, the latter is forced to confess that the four of them are just zoo animals trying to get home, disappointing the others who feel used and lied to.
Finally, both the zoo animals and the circus arrive in New York City. However, the circus finds that they are incomplete without the Four. The zoo group finally returns to the closed Central Park Zoo, only to realize that their time outside has changed them too much for them to return to captivity. Unfortunately, they are then tranquilized and captured by DuBois. The Zoo staff, delighted by Alex's reappearance thank DuBois (believing that she was trying to return them). Julien manages to reach the circus (despite being darted) and the penguins realize that the group has been ambushed. Upon learning about the Four's plight, Gia convinces the circus to rescue their friends and they set out for the zoo, performing aboard a flying circus, with the rescue mission dubbed "Operation: Afro Circus."
Meanwhile at the zoo, Alex awakens to find that he along with Marty, Melman, and Gloria are in their enclosures, surrounded by tall chain-link fences to keep them from escaping again. DuBois steps on stage to receive a cheque of appreciation from the zoo, but at the same time loads a poison dart into a gun hidden in a foam finger in preparation to kill Alex. The circus animals arrive in time to stop her and a massive brawl occurs where the circus uses all of what they developed with the Four to rescue their friends. As the group tries to leave, DuBois attempts to kill Stefano, who is stranded at the zoo. However, Alex saves Stefano and together, they defeat DuBois and escape.
Realizing that they truly belong with their new friends, Alex and his friends decide to join the circus permanently. The animals all happily proceed with their American tour, while DuBois and her men finds themselves, oddly enough just like Alex and his friends in the first film, on a cargo box bound for Madagascar.
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