I’m a big fan of the Madagascar franchise. Right from the first one the films have had me chuckling away at their innocence, silliness and complete lack of self-awareness. Talking animals running amok in a human world, experiencing human problems while taking on epic adventures with equal parts suspense and fun – there’s very little not to like, and I’m a grown adult. I wish I was a kid in order to experience it on their level, because to be taken to see Madagascar or any of its spin-offs must be like Christmas coming early.
As with most kids films, the warm take-home message (this time around other people’s appearances) is obvious, but that’s no bad thing. It was an easy watch for a Sunday afternoon, something you could stick on and have a laugh at without taking anything too seriously. Pure escapism of the best kind can be found in kids films, and while Dreamworks struggles with consistency in its releases, it can be confident in the knowledge that these cute penguins will always come through for them.