I don’t remember liking or finding the first two Madagascar movies enjoyable by any means, but I ended up seeing this one anyway. It was mostly just a time killer for my friend and I, since we couldn’t really think of anything to do the day we were hanging out.
While the movie was kind of a little too hyperactive and all over the place for me personally, I think it’s perfect for little kids. The kids watching it (and even some of the parents) in the theater I was in seemed to enjoy it, and by the end of the movie a handful of the kids were singing Chris Rock’s zebra character’s afro song. I will admit, the tune kind of sticks to you like “The Song That Never Ends.” Haha.
Anyway, for a sample of the afro song, click HERE.
In terms of originality, I don’t think there was anything here that we haven’t seen before in a kids movie, and there was nothing that really surprised me about the plot either. I think it’s a good way to pass the time and a great way for kids to get interested in going to a circus. (It’s also an equally great way to get them disappointed that the circus isn’t as exciting compared to what they see in this movie, haha.)
I think there are a couple inappropriate jokes in here, but hey, what kids movie doesn’t have them lately? Kids are a lot more aware these days anyway, although I do remember one joke being particularly awkward.
I think if you’re looking for something to take your child to, this movie isn’t so bad. In fact, if I’m remembering my experience with the previous two installments correctly, I wasn’t nearly as amused with them as I was by this one. Beware though, there is a chance your kid will probably be singing the “Circus-Afro” song all the way home.
FINAL VERDICT: B
As far as kids movies go, I think this one deserves a B. There’s just the right amount of cute, story, colorfulness, and funny to keep kids entertained.