The first thing that annoyed me was that they poked "fun" at Canadians with a line about somebody "having the Canadian work ethic" when it's said that the same somebody only works two weeks out of the year. If I had to pick just one reason not to buy this movie, that would be it. I'm a proud Canadian and I know people who've worked extremely hard all their lives and this is what we have to hear - in a children's movie of all places? Great example you're sending out there, guys. Not. I was offended and so was everyone I watched this movie with, and you can bet none of us will be buying this one. Another thing is that creepy animal control woman. Not only does she act like an animal, but she's showcased licking their muddy footprints, having drug-like hallucinations/visions, and proudly showcasing animal heads on a wall. Not only that, she attempts to mutilate one of the main characters (Alex) with a hand saw and kill him multiple times. One of the circus animals Gloria, Melman, Marty, and Alex face has a habit of throwing sharp knives at anyone who says something he doesn't like. If that's not a bad thing to have in a kid's movie, I don't know what is. Oh, wait - read on. The animal control woman stands on the train tracks, having been "tracking" Gloria, Marty, Melman, and Alex, and is almost hit by a train from behind. But it gets worse. As if standing distractedly on the train tracks isn't bad enough, she lies down flat on the tracks to let the train pass over her - that's what you're supposed to do - and then, while the train is still speeding over her, she ROLLS OUT FROM UNDER THE MOVING TRAIN, BETWEEN THE WHEELS. All in all, I wouldn't recommend this movie to any parents intending to take any easily-influenced, impressionable kids to the theatre. The implied violence in multiple scenes even shocked me, and I've seen plenty of worse movies. They shot each other out of cannons, for one thing - straight into a mountain. They had creepily unsafe flight situations, gun use, and tall buildings that the characters leapt from one to the next. And in the first movie, Melman's dinner consisted of, like, twenty different medications. I'm not even going to go into how drug-addicty that scene looked to me. And to add annoyance to insults to (hopefully no) injuries, they only played their identifying theme, "I Like To Move It Move It" at the very, very end of the movie. The rest of the time it was all kinds of other music. This movie just didn't have the nostalgic, fun element the previous movies had, and all along I felt like I was watching the second Nanny McPhee movie. It was like, with that movie and this one, like the writers/animators couldn't think up any decent plots and decided to instead go overboard with colors and new music and confusing segments of random dances and trapeze acts. It just felt like they were trying WAY too hard to make this movie live up to its parent movies, and they failed miserably. Long story short, I'm glad I didn't waste the $25 for this one yesterday at the store, and if I buy the Madagascar movies, this one will probably not be among mine. Now that I've seen it, I'll admit that the graphics themselves were amazing; beautiful colors and scenes, but unfortunately, I'm a plot-crazed type and graphics don't satisfy. The colors were stunning, I have to say. The video quality itself was incredibly impressing. But unless you also enjoy plots that don't seem to have been pulled out of thin air and filmed as is, or you just happen to love completing movie collections, I don't recommend this movie as a satisfying follow-up to the lovable characters we expected to return from the first two movies.moreless
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