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Madagascar [Aug. 1st, 2005|11:07 pm]
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Funny talking animals have long been a staple of animated cartoons. And Madagascar is just the latest in this long tradition.

It's...okay. Uneven, a bit, but that's forgivable considering the target audience on average hasn't got the attention span to sit through an episode of Spongebob Squarepants. But the beginning part in Manhattan captures some of the 1950's love of the City of New York...and the second part, shockingly, is biologically accurate.

The second part involves the urban metrosexual lion, zebra, hippo and giraffe transplanted from Central Park to the wilds of Madagascar. On the island, they come across a huge settlement of lemurs. The lemurs live in fear of something they call "foosahs," which, in the movie, look like a cross between cougars and hyenas.

Well, surprise! The Fossa is a real Madagascan predator, related to civet cats, genets, mongooses and meerkats, evolved primarily to hunt and eat lemurs. They aren't well known, and they're rather endangered; I was impressed to find them mentioned at all, let alone featured as the villians.

Props to Dreamworks. They included real Madagascar wildlife.

As I say, the writing's uneven. There are some witty references to popular films, including American Beauty, and some wonderful depictions of Manhattan landmarks. Some nice touches include the lion's mane becoming increasingly curly the longer he's away from New York, too. It's...cute. No Shrek, but it's fathoms above A Shark Tale.

From: butterpat
2005-08-02 12:02 pm (UTC)
I've had a thing for foosa's a long time. I even wrote an entry about them and how I wasn't thrilled with them being in the movie.
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2005-08-02 04:49 pm (UTC)
I KNEW someone had mentioned it...and I was thinking about that, too, when I saw it, your post. I couldn't remember if it was you or samuraimeg, or I'd have looked it up.

They weren't actually "evil" in this. They were just the predators. Everyone else but the lion were herbivores. And the lion was "bad" for a while, too...but, having been domesticated, was redeemed. But they weren't as horrid as, say, the hyenas in The Lion King.

There's actually a rather cute scene where the three non-carnivores are walking through the jungle and realising that there's a lot of eating of other animals in the wild...a mouse escapes a snake, only to be picked off by a kestrel, and then the zebra rescues a duckling that gets devoured by a crocodile...to the tune of "What a Wonderful World." I liked that...a little less sugar-coating than we usually see.
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[User Picture]From: luckylady
2005-08-02 03:01 pm (UTC)
Please say you loved the penguins? They made the movie for me, especially when scenes were getting slow.
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2005-08-02 04:43 pm (UTC)
I did...I loved the way the one kept calling the zebra "monochromatic"...like, hello? What are you? But they were less...unique than the lemurs and fossas, and I kind of forgot about them afterwards...
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[User Picture]From: luckylady
2005-08-02 05:24 pm (UTC)
You didn't see anything.


Yeah, they kinda got pushed aside once they reached Madagascar.
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[User Picture]From: constance1010
2005-08-03 12:11 am (UTC)
My favorite scene in the whole movie is "well... this sucks" as they stood outside the ship...
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[User Picture]From: luckylady
2005-08-03 03:21 pm (UTC)
ROTFLMAO! I forgot about that one! I still just love when they hijacked the boat.
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