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Madagascar is a computer-animated series produced by DreamWorks Animation. Voices of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer and Jada Pinkett Smith are featured in the films. It began with the 2005 film Madagascar, the 2008 sequel Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, and the third film Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted in 2012. A spin-off film featuring the penguins, titled Penguins of Madagascar, was released in 2014. A fourth film, Madagascar 4, was announced for 2018, but has since been removed from its schedule and put on an indefinite hold due to the studio's restructuring.

The overall plot through the series follows the adventures of four Central Park Zoo animals who have spent their lives in blissful captivity and are unexpectedly shipped back to Africa. Now they must struggle to survive while attempting to return to New York City with the help of a crafty cadre of penguins and with many other characters along the way.

The series has now grossed over $1.8 billion, making it the 21st highest-grossing franchise of all time, the fourth highest-grossing animated franchise (behind ShrekIce Age, and Despicable Me), and the second highest-grossing DreamWorks Animation franchise, which also enjoyed steadily improving critical favor with the primary film series.

Main films

Madagascar (2005)

Main article: Madagascar

Madagascar is a 2005 computer-animated comedy film and the first film in the series. Directed by Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath, the film tells the story of four Central Park Zoo animals, Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, and Gloria the Hippo, who have spent their lives in blissful captivity and are unexpectedly shipwrecked on the island of Madagascar. Despite the mixed response from critics, the film was a commercial success, grossing over $532 million worldwide.

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)

Main article: Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is a 2008 computer-animation comedy/adventure film, and the sequel to the 2005 film Madagascar. Directed by Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath, the film continues the adventures of Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria, who try to escape Madagascar, but they crash-land to Africa. The film received mixed to positive reviews from critics, and grossed over $603 million worldwide, which is higher than its predecessor.

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012)

Main article: Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted is a 2012 computer animated comedy film, and the third installment in the series, directed by Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath, along with Conrad Vernon. Alex, Marty, Gloria, and Melman are still struggling to get home to New York. This time their journey takes them to Europe where they purchase a failing traveling circus as they become close friends with the staff like Stefano the sea lion (Martin Short), Vitaly the tiger (Bryan Cranston), and Gia the jaguar (Jessica Chastain). Together, they spectacularly revitalize the business even as the fanatical Monaco Animal Control officer Captain Chantel DuBois (Frances McDormand) relentlessly pursues them. In the end, the zoo animals finally get back to New York, only to find out that they have grown too much in spirit to return to captivity, and decide to stay with the circus instead. The film received mostly positive reviews and more critical praise than the previous two films, grossing only $746 million worldwide, marking the highest-grossing film in the series.

Madagascar 4 (TBA)

DreamWorks Animation C.E.O. Jeffrey Katzenberg has stated that there is likely to be a fourth installment in the franchise. However, in June 2012, DreamWorks Animation's head of worldwide marketing, Anne Globe, said "It's too early to tell. There hasn't been a lot of discussion about that."

Spin-off film

Penguins of Madagascar (2014)

Main article: Penguins of Madagascar

A direct-to-video film featuring the penguins had been in the works since 2005, when the first Madagascar film had been released, with a release date planned for 2009. In March 2011, it was announced that the penguin characters would be given their own feature film, similar to the 2011 Puss in Boots movie, to be directed by Simon J. Smith, the co-director of Bee Movie, produced by Lara Breay, and written by Alan J. Schoolcraft and Brent Simons, the writers of DreamWorks' Megamind.

Other medias

Shorts and specials


  • Madagascar Movie Novel
  • Madagascar: The Essential Guide
  • Madagascar Movie Storybook
  • Madagascar Ultimate Sticker Book
  • Madagascar Play-Along Sticker Storybook
  • The Art of Madagascar
  • The Art of Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
  • Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa: The Gang's All Here
  • Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa: Lost in Africa
  • Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa: Air Penguin
  • Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa: Father and Son Save the Day (I Can Read)
  • Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa: Walk on the Wild Side Scrapbook
  • The Penguins of Madagascar: Gone in a Flash
  • The Penguins of Madagascar: Two Feet High and Rising
  • The Penguins of Madagascar: Happy King Julien Day and Other Stories
  • The Penguins of Madagascar: The Helmet
  • The Penguins of Madagascar: Spy Mission Code Book
  • The Penguins of Madagascar: Happy King Julien Day (All Aboard Reading)
  • The Penguins of Madagascar: Zany at the Zoo (Joke Book)
  • The Penguins of Madagascar: Welcome to the Zoo (Sticker Stories)
  • The Penguins of Madagascar: The Perfect Zoovenir Sticker Book
  • The Art of Madagascar 3
  • The Art of Penguins of Madagascar
  • Madagascar (Little Golden Book)


  • Madagascar (comic)
    • Madagascar (comic)/ Issue 1
    • Madagascar (comic)/ Issue 2
    • Madagascar (comic)/ Issue 3
    • Madagascar (comic)/ Issue 4
  • The Penguins of Madagascar: Penguins on a Mission
  • The Penguins of Madagascar: Operation Attitude
  • The Penguins of Madagascar (comic)
    • The Penguins of Madagascar (comic)/Issue 1
    • The Penguins of Madagascar (comic)/Issue 2
    • The Penguins of Madagascar (comic)/Issue 3
    • The Penguins of Madagascar (comic)/Issue 4
    • The Penguins of Madagascar (Volume 2)/Issue 1
    • The Penguins of Madagascar (Volume 2)/Issue 2
    • The Penguins of Madagascar: Free Comic Book Day
  • Madagascar 3: Long Live the King!
  • Penguins of Madagascar (comic)
    • Penguins of Madagascar (comic)/ Issue 1
    • Penguins of Madagascar (comic)/ Issue 2
    • Penguins of Madagascar (comic)/ Issue 3
    • Penguins of Madagascar (comic)/ Issue 4

TV Series


Cast and Characters

Ben Stiller Alex
Chris Rock Marty
David Schwimmer Melman
Jada Pinkett Smith Gloria
Sacha Baron Cohen
Danny Jacobs
King Julien
Cedric the Entertainer
Kevin Michael Richardson
Andy Richter Mort
Tom McGrath Skipper
Chris Miller Kowalski
Christopher Knights Private
Jeffrey Katzenberg
John DiMaggio
Conrad Vernon
Conrad Vernon
no voice
Mason and Phil
Elisa Gabrielli Nana
Bernie Mac Zuba
Sherri Shepherd Florrie
Alec Baldwin Makunga
Will.i.am Moto Moto
Frances McDormand Captain Chantel DuBois
Martin Short Stefano
Bryan Cranston Vitaly
Jessica Chastain Gia
Frank Welker Sonya
Benedict Cumberbatch Classified
Ken Jeong Short Fuse
Peter Stormare Corporal
Annet Mahendru Eva
John Malkovich Dave