The adventure continues

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 24 December, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 24 December, 2008, 12:00am

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Animation

After the commercial success of the tale of their first foray into the wild, Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippopotamus and Melman the Giraffe are back in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.

Taking up where the first film left off, the New York foursome decide to go home from Madagascar, but their plane crashes again in Africa.

The zoo-raised crew is nowhere near as terrified as on their first trip away, but on the African plains they discover, for the first time, other members of their species.

The film explores themes of self-exploration and self-acceptance. Alex (Ben Stiller) meets his mother and father, the alpha lion, for the first time. As king of the zoo back in the Big Apple and son of his pride's leader, Alex has high expectations of his status in Africa. But he soon finds out life isn't always that easy, and that cultural differences must be respected.

Marty (Chris Rock) has always wanted to run with a pack of zebras in the wild, imagining being with his own kind would be the ultimate journey of self-discovery.

But once there, Marty finds himself asking: 'How are you 'you' when everyone else is 'you' as well?'

Gloria (Jada Pinkett Smith) is very comfortable in her skin, and has no issues with self-confidence. Being in Africa gives her the opportunity to fall in love, and she does so - or thinks she does so - with the hippo heart-throb Moto Moto ( But is it love or infatuation? And is true love right under her nose?

Melman (David Schwimmer) is a hypochondriac whose medical knowledge earns him a place as a kind of 'witch doctor' among the other giraffes he meets. While a lack of modern medicines forces him to worry less about his health, he still has issues to contend with, such as his unrequited love for Gloria.

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa promises to be a fun-filled romp for everyone, with its important messages of believing in yourself and knowing what's really important in life.

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is now showing