Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
|Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Eric Darnell
|Produced by||Mireille Soria
|Screenplay by||Eric Darnell
|Based on||Characters created
by Tom McGrath
and Eric Darnell
Jada Pinkett Smith
Sacha Baron Cohen
Cedric the Entertainer
|Music by||Hans Zimmer|
|Edited by||Nick Fletcher|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Box office||$746.9 million|
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted 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 Madagascar series, a sequel to Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, and it is the first in the series to be released in 3D. The film is directed by Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath and Conrad Vernon. Its world premiere was at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2012.
Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria are still struggling to get home to New York. This time, their journey takes them to Europe, where they are relentlessly pursued by the murderous Monaco-based French Animal Control officer Captain Chantel Dubois (Frances McDormand). As a means of getting passage to North America, the zoo animals join a circus, where they become close friends with the animal performers, especially Gia (Jessica Chastain), Vitaly (Bryan Cranston) and Stefano (Martin Short). Together, they spectacularly revitalize the business and along the way find themselves reconsidering where their true home really is.
The film was released on June 8, 2012, to critical and commercial success; it is the best-reviewed film in the series, with a 79% "Certified Fresh" approval rating on the review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes. It is also the highest-grossing Madagascar film with a worldwide gross of over $746 million. A spin-off sequel titled Penguins of Madagascar was released on November 26, 2014. A sequel, Madagascar 4, was announced for 2018, but it was removed from its schedule due to the studio's restructuring.
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Many days after bidding the penguins goodbye, Alex the African lion has a nightmare about himself and his friends still being stranded in Africa and finding that they have all gotten old. He then wakes up from his nightmare on his birthday and the animals present him with a miniature model of New York City made out of mud. Alex suggests to Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe, Gloria the hippopotamus and the lemurs, King Julien, Maurice and Mort, that they should go to Monte Carlo to get the penguins and the chimpanzees, Mason and Phil, and fly back to New York City, which they agree to do.
At Monte Carlo, the penguins and chimpanzees have been saving up their daily winnings from the casino to fly back to Africa and bring their friends home. Alex and his gang see them and believe that they had ditched them to stay there and their cover is blown. Animal control, captained by the overzealous Chantel Dubois, is called in to deal with the animals. A high-speed chase around the streets of Monaco ensues between the relentless Dubois and the animals in a truck driven by the penguins. They barely escape Dubois, who vows to capture them and add Alex's head to her collection of stuffed and mounted animals.
In the skies of France, the plane's gear assembly fails and it crashes into a suburban rail yard as the authorities close in. They come across a circus train and manage to gain entry, claiming that they are circus animals themselves. Stefano the sea lion and Gia the jaguar let them in despite the protests of Vitaly, the tiger. 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 animals' claim is discredited, the penguins suddenly appear with a deal to purchase the circus themselves, resulting in the pleased departure of all the humans. Julien also starts falling in love with a tricycle-riding bear named Sonya. Meanwhile, the circus animals perform their act at the Colosseum in Rome, but the show proves to be a disaster, much to the zoo animals' horror. The angered audience demands refunds, right to going to the point of chasing the circus to the departing train.
En route to London, Stefano soon reveals to Alex that Vitaly was the biggest star of them all. But his attempt at an impossible jump through a flaming pinkie ring ended in disaster when he burned his fur, which he had coated in extra virgin olive oil to slip through the narrow opening. Due to Vitaly's lost confidence and passion, the other circus animals lost their inspiration. The train makes a stop in the Alps, where an inspired Alex convinces the performers to rework their act to become the world's first animal-only circus. Heartened by Alex's vision, the zoo and the circus animals develop sophisticated acts together and become closer friends in the process, especially Alex and Gia, who find themselves falling in love.
Meanwhile, Dubois is arrested in Rome after causing problems with the local police officers while chasing the animals, but escapes and discovers that Alex was the missing lion from the zoo in New York. Once free, Dubois recruits her injured men and they head toward the Alps, forcing the animals to proceed to London despite incomplete rehearsals. Alex finds Vitaly preparing to leave and convinces him to stay by reminding him of how he enjoys performing the impossible. He suggests that he uses hair conditioner as a safer lubricant to perform his flaming ring jump as well as fix his damaged fur. As a result, Vitaly's stunt is performed perfectly and the show is a spectacular success. After the impressed promoter arranges for an American tour, Dubois shows up with a paper showing that Alex was missing. Though the penguins are able to foil Dubois' plan, Alex 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 by the four of them. The zoo animals and circus go their separate ways, but arrive in New York City at the same time. Realizing how much their adventures have changed them, the zoo animals find that their true home was with the circus. Before they can go back, however, Dubois tranquilizes and captures them, before being discovered by the zoo staff, who believe she is responsible for returning the missing animals. Julien and the penguins manage to get to the circus and convince the circus animals to rescue their friends.
Back at the zoo, Alex awakens to find that he alone with Marty; Melman and Gloria are in their old enclosures, which are now surrounded by tall chain-link fences. Dubois steps on stage to receive a million-dollar check of appreciation from the zoo, which she rejects. She secretly loads a poison-filled dart into a gun that she hides inside a foam finger in preparation for publicly executing Alex. The circus animals arrive in time to stop her and a massive brawl occurs, where the animals use all of what they had developed as part of their revamped act. As the group tries to leave, Stefano is stranded and Dubois attempts to kill him. Alex manages to save him with a performance of the "Trapeze Americano", a trick he made up while pretending to be part of the circus, Alex then defeats Dubois and escapes with all of his friends. Heartened by this valiant demonstration of their new friends' love, Alex and his friends decide to join the circus permanently and they start their tour across the country. Meanwhile, Dubois and her men find themselves inside shipping crates on a cargo ship bound for Madagascar, thanks to Skipper (just like in the first film).
- Ben Stiller as Alex, a lion and Gia's love interest.
- Chris Rock as Marty, a zebra and Alex's best friend.
- David Schwimmer as Melman, a giraffe, another of Alex's friends and Gloria's love interest.
- Jada Pinkett Smith as Gloria, a hippopotamus, another of Alex's friends and Melman's love interest.
- Sacha Baron Cohen as King Julien XIII, a ring-tailed lemur.
- Cedric the Entertainer as Maurice, an aye-aye.
- Andy Richter as Mort, a mouse lemur.
- Tom McGrath as Skipper and First Policeman.
- Frances McDormand as Captain Chantel DuBois, the leader of the Animal Control.
- Jessica Chastain as Gia, an Italian jaguar and Alex's love interest.
- Bryan Cranston as Vitaly a Russian Siberian tiger.
- Martin Short as Stefano an Italian sea lion.
- Chris Miller as Kowalski, one of Skipper's right-hand men.
- John DiMaggio as Rico
- Christopher Knights as Private
- Frank Welker as Sonya the bear
- Paz Vega as the Andalusian Triplets (Esmeralda, Esperanza and Ernestina)
- Conrad Vernon as Mason and Second Policeman
- Vinnie Jones as Freddie the dog
- Steve Jones as Jonesy the dog
- Nick Fletcher as Frankie the dog
- Eric Darnell as Comandante, Zoo Official and Zoo Announcer
- Daniel O'Connor as Casino Security and Mayor of New York City
- Danny Jacobs as Croupier and Circus Master
DreamWorks Animation's CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg confirmed in 2008 that there would be an additional sequel to Madagascar and Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa. Katzenberg stated, "There is at least one more chapter. We ultimately want to see the characters make it back to New York." At the Television Critics Association press tour in January 2009, Katzenberg was asked if there would be a third film in the series. He replied, "Yes, we are making a Madagascar 3 now, and it will be out in the summer of 2012."
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2012. The American release followed on June 8, 2012. The film was also converted to the IMAX format and shown in specific European territories, including Russia, Ukraine, and Poland.
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted was released on DVD, Blu-ray, and Blu-ray 3D on October 16, 2012. It was the first DreamWorks Animation film to use the UltraViolet System and the Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D comes with a rainbow wig.
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted received generally positive reviews from critics. Based on 129 reviews, the film holds a "Certified Fresh" rating of 79% on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, with an average rating of 6.8/10. The site's critical consensus reads "Dazzlingly colorful and frenetic, Madagascar 3 is silly enough for young kids, but boasts enough surprising smarts to engage parents along the way." This marks the best general review consensus of the film series that has showed improving critical favor with the original film having a score of 55%, and the sequel scoring 64%. On Metacritic, it holds a score of 60 out of 100, based on 26 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews."
Lisa Kennedy of The Denver Post gave the film 3.5 out of 4 stars and said, "From time to time the improbable occurs: A sequel outdoes its original." Colin Covert of Star Tribune said that Madagascar 3 set a high standard for cartoon comedy and was almost too good for kids. He gave it 3.5 out of 4 stars. Giving the film 3.5 out of 5 stars, Betsy Sharkey of Los Angeles Times said, "A neon-saturated, high-flying trapeze act with enough frenetic funny business that it's a wonder the folks behind this zillion-dollar franchise about zoo critters on the lam didn't send the animals to the circus sooner." Stephen Witty of the Newark Star-Ledger calls the movie "fun and fast family entertainment. [...] the animals' jazzy circus performance, done in black-light colors and set to a Katy Perry song — may be one of the trippiest scenes in a mainstream kiddie movie since Dumbo saw those pink elephants." Film scholar Timothy Laurie writes that the plot development of Madagascar 3 is "met with large servings of personal growth and side dishes of overcooked romance".
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted earned $216,391,482 in North America, and $530,529,792 in other countries, for a worldwide total of $746,921,274. Its worldwide opening weekend totaled $137.6 million. Worldwide, it is the highest-grossing film in the series, the fourth highest-grossing DreamWorks Animation film, the second highest-grossing 2012 animated film, and the eighth highest-grossing film of 2012. Overall, it is the 11th highest-grossing animated film and the 52nd highest-grossing film. The film took 66 and 94 days of release, respectively, to out-gross its two predecessors. It surpassed Kung Fu Panda 2 to become Dreamwork's highest-grossing non-Shrek film and the first non-Shrek film to reach over $700 million.
In North America, the film made $20.7 million on its opening day, which was higher than the opening day grosses of the original film ($13.9 million) and its sequel ($17.6 million). For its opening weekend, the film ranked at the #1 spot, beating Prometheus, with $60.3 million, which was higher than the opening of the original Madagascar ($47.2 million), but was behind the opening weekend of Escape 2 Africa ($63.1 million). It remained at the #1 spot for two consecutive weekends. In North America, it is the highest-grossing film in the series, the sixth highest-grossing DreamWorks Animation film, the second highest-grossing 2012 animated film, and the tenth highest-grossing film of 2012.
Outside North America, Madagascar 3 out-grossed Shrek Forever After to become DreamWorks Animation's highest-grossing film. On its opening weekend, Madagascar 3 topped the box office with $77.3 million from 28 countries. It was in first place for three consecutive weekends. Its three highest-grossing openings occurred in Russia and the CIS ($15.7 million), China ($10.4 million), and Brazil ($10.1 million in 5 days). It set an opening-day record for animated films in Russia, with $3.7 million (since surpassed by Ice Age: Continental Drift) and became the highest-grossing animated film (surpassed by Ice Age: Continental Drift) and the third highest-grossing film ever (at the time), earning $49.4 million. It also set an opening weekend record for any film in Argentina with $3.80 million (first surpassed by Ice Age: Continental Drift) and it set opening weekend records for animated films in Brazil, Venezuela, Trinidad, and the United Arab Emirates.
|ASCAP Award||Top Box Office Films||Hans Zimmer||Won|
|Teen Choice Awards||Movie Voice||Chris Rock||Nominated|
|Summer Movie: Comedy/Music||Madagascar 3|
|Annie Awards||Animated Effects in an Animated Production||Jihyun Yoon|
|Character Design in an Animated Feature Production||Craig Kellman|
|Production Design in an Animated Feature Production||Kendal Cronkhite-Shaindlin, Shannon Jeffries, Lindsey Olivares, Kenard Pak|
|Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production||Rob Koo|
|Satellite Award||Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media||Madagascar 3|
|Best Original Song||"Love Always Comes as a Surprise" - Peter Asher & Dave Stewart|
|Critics' Choice Movie Awards||Best Animated Feature||Madagascar 3|
|Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Animated Movie|
|Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie||Ben Stiller|
|Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted|
|Soundtrack album by Hans Zimmer|
|Released||June 5, 2012|
|Hans Zimmer film scores chronology|
|1.||"New York City Surprise"||Hans Zimmer||3:05|
|2.||"Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)"||Danny Jacobs||2:15|
|4.||"Game On"||Hans Zimmer||3:12|
|5.||"Hot in Herre"||Danny Jacobs||2:27|
|6.||"We No Speak Americano"||Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP||Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP||4:29|
|7.||"Light the Hoop on Fire!"||Hans Zimmer||3:10|
|8.||"Fur Power!"||Hans Zimmer||2:18|
|9.||"Non Je Ne Regrette Rien"||Frances McDormand||1:13|
|10.||"Love Always Comes as a Surprise"||Peter Asher||Peter Asher||3:21|
|11.||"Rescue Stefano"||Hans Zimmer||5:51|
|12.||"Firework"||Katy Perry||Katy Perry||3:46|
|13.||"Afro Circus/I Like to Move It"||Chris Rock & Danny Jacobs||2:41|
- In some variations of the soundtrack, "Cool Jerk" is featured in replacement of "We No Speak Americano".
- "Sexy and I Know It" by LMFAO was only used in the theatrical trailer, and not included on the soundtrack and was replaced by "Firework" for the circus.
- "Any Way You Want It" by Journey and the instrumental "Watermark" from the album of the same name by Enya were also used, but are not included on the soundtrack.
- "Land of Hope and Glory" by Edward Elgar appears in the track "Fur Power".
- The "Afro Circus" tune is from "Entrance of the Gladiators", by the Czech composer Julius Fučík.
A video game based on the film, Madagascar 3: The Video Game, was released on June 5, 2012. The game allows gamers to play as Alex, Marty, Melman, and Gloria as they travel across Europe promoting the circus by performing stunts, circus acts and completing missions. It was released to Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. Published by D3 Publisher, the Wii, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions were developed by Monkey Bar Games, and the 3DS and DS versions by Torus Games. The game received negative reviews from critics with Metacritic giving the Xbox 360 version a 45/100.
Sequel and spin-off
In June 2014, it was announced that Madagascar 4 would be released on May 18, 2018. In January 2015, the film was removed from the release schedule following corporate restructuring and DreamWorks Animation's new policy to release two films a year.
A spin-off feature film titled Penguins of Madagascar, starring the penguins from the Madagascar films, was released on November 26, 2014. Its story picks up right after Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, and is not related to the television series of the same name.
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