Merry Madagascar

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Merry Madagascar
Merry Madagascar DVD cover.jpg
Based onCharacters by
Tom McGrath
Eric Darnell
Written byEric Darnell
Tom McGrath
David Soren
Directed byDavid Soren
StarringBen Stiller
Chris Rock
David Schwimmer
Jada Pinkett Smith
Danny Jacobs
Cedric the Entertainer
Andy Richter
Carl Reiner
Theme music composerHeitor Pereira
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Joe M. Aguilar
Mireille Soria
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)DreamWorks Animation
Pacific Data Images
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original networkNBC
Original release
  • November 17, 2009 (2009-11-17)

Merry Madagascar is a Christmas special first broadcast on the NBC network on November 17, 2009, which starred the characters from the film series Madagascar.[1]

It features many of the same voices from the film (except Sacha Baron Cohen, who was replaced by Danny Jacobs, the voice of Julien in both The Penguins of Madagascar and All Hail King Julien television series), including Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, and Jada Pinkett Smith. Carl Reiner provided the voice of Santa Claus.


Alex (Ben Stiller), Marty (Chris Rock), Melman (David Schwimmer), and Gloria (Jada Pinkett Smith) attempt to return to New York City in a hot air balloon, but the lemur population inadvertently thwarts their escape plan, as they mistook them for the "red night goblin" that visits every year at that time. Immediately after that, the "goblin" showers the island with coals; Alex evades the barrage and shoots it down, but soon discovers that it was actually Santa Claus throwing coal at Julien for being naughty.

The group realizes the crash has left Santa with amnesia, unaware of his responsibilities, and resolve to deliver all the presents for him and then use the sleigh to get them back home. However, the reindeer (who have a rivalry with the penguins over Santa's original workshop location) refuse to take orders from anyone other than Santa, forcing them to rely on the penguins, who use Santa's magic dust to fly.

Their attempts to make deliveries initially go awry, so they agree to dump the gifts at their respective post offices. However, after crashing into an apartment and unintentionally bringing joy to a little girl (Willow Smith), they continue with the deliveries (despite the adverse conditions).

Back on Madagascar, while the lemurs are presenting gifts to Julien for "Julianuary", Santa rediscovers his ability to make toys, to the lemurs' amazement. He soon crafts gifts for all of them to enjoy, much to Julien's anger since he feels the focus is supposed to be on him; Julien decrees that all the lemurs' gifts are now his.

He begins to feel depressed as he sifts through the presents alone; Santa suggests that giving someone a gift might change Julien's mood, which it does. As the night nears its end, the animals discover that they only have enough magic dust to make one last trip (Madagascar or home). Putting aside their personal wishes, they return to Madagascar to rescue Santa, but they run out of dust and crash into him by mistake.

This restores Santa's memory, and he thanks the animals for making his deliveries for him; he also takes Julien off the naughty list. However, they overlooked one last bag meant for Liechtenstein, and Santa switches to a reserve tank to make the trip in time before the animals can ask for a ride. Despite this, the animals resolve to enjoy their Christmas in Madagascar, but Julien mischievously throws a coconut at Alex to get back on the naughty list, causing a lump on his head and amnesia, like Santa before him.


Note: Rico appears, but John DiMaggio recorded no lines for him.


Merry Madagascar was nominated for six Annie Awards, and won one award for Storyboarding in a Television Production.[2]

Award ! Recipient(s) Result
Best Animated Television Production DreamWorks Animation Nominated
Character Animation in a Television Production Kevan Shorey Nominated
Character Design in a Television Production Craig Kellman Nominated
Storyboarding in a Television Production Robert Koo Won
Voice Acting in a Television Production Danny Jacobs (Voice of King Julien) Nominated
Willow Smith (Voice of Abby) Nominated

Home media[edit]

Merry Madagascar was released on DVD in the United States on November 18, 2009, exclusively at stores of Walmart,[3] and it was widely released on October 11, 2011.[4] The special was released on Blu ray and DVD on October 30, 2012, as part of compilation titled Dreamworks Holiday Classics.[5][6] It was re released on DVD on October 1, 2013 along with Shrek the Halls, Kung Fu Panda Holiday, Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury, and The Croods.


In July 2011, as part of a strategic partnership between DreamWorks Animation and Gaylord Hotels, Merry Madagascar was presented as the theme of the ICE! exhibit at Gaylord's hotels in Nashville and Maryland. In this presentation, the plot of the film is told through a series of ice sculptures that visitors walk past.[7]


  1. ^ J. McLean, Thomas (October 1, 2009). "NBC Airs DreamWorks Holiday Specials". Animation Magazine. Retrieved March 19, 2012.
  2. ^ "37th Annual Annie Nominations and Awards Recipients". The Annie Awards. Archived from the original on August 15, 2010. Retrieved March 25, 2012.
  3. ^ "Walmart and DreamWorks Animation Offer Exclusive Merry Madagascar DVD and Holiday Items in Walmart Stores". PR Newswire. November 3, 2009. Retrieved April 21, 2012.
  4. ^ "Merry Madagascar (2009)". Amazon. Retrieved November 16, 2012.
  5. ^ "Dreamworks Holiday Classics: Merry Madagascar / Shrek The Halls / Dragons: Gift Of The Night Fury (Blu-ray + DVD) (Widescreen)". Wallmart. Retrieved August 12, 2012.
  6. ^ "Dreamworks Holiday Classics Blu-ray". Retrieved August 12, 2012.
  7. ^ "THIS CHRISTMAS, 'SHREK THE HALLS' AND GET 'MERRY MADAGASCAR' AT GAYLORD HOTELS". Gaylord Hotels. July 19, 2011. Archived from the original on May 2, 2012. Retrieved April 21, 2012.

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