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[11.03.2008] CS! berichtet über eine (mögliche) Änderung des Titels der Fortsetzung...
The Madagascar sequel long know as Madagascar: The Crate Escape might get a new subtitle -- "Escape 2 Africa." Trademork.com writes:
On March 3, 2008, Dreamworks Animation filed to protect the trademark Madagascar Escape 2 Africa in relation to "animated motion picture films for theatrical release and for distribution via television" as well as a variety of goods and services related to Dreamworks' Madagascar franchise.
The studio has also registered MadagascarEscape2Africa.com, another hint that they are going in that direction. [...]


[11.12.2007] CS! berichtet über die 26-teilige "The Penguins of Madagascar"-Trickserie...
Nickelodeon and DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. today announced plans to join forces on a new, 26- episode, CG animated comedy series tentatively titled "The Penguins of Madagascar," based on the beloved penguin brothers in DreamWorks Animation's hit feature film, Madagascar ($532 million worldwide gross) and upcoming sequel, Madagascar: The Crate Escape. The series, which tells the story of a group of penguins who believes it leads an elite strike force from its Central Park Zoo headquarters, will be produced at the Nickelodeon Animation Studio in Burbank, California and is scheduled to premiere on Nick in early 2009. [...]

[24.11.2007] Bei CS! gibt es ein erstes Bild zu "Madagascar 2"...

[15.11.2006] CS! sprach mit Ben Stiller...
[...] he is beginning the voice recordings for the highly-anticipated animated sequel Madagascar 2.
"We're starting to record it very soon," Stiller said.
Stiller also revealed the plot for the DreamWorks Animation follow-up.
"I think all the animals head back to New York on that plane that you know was up in the trees and then they crash in Africa and Alex gets reacquainted with his real family and it goes from there," he added. [...]


[24.10.2006] CS! meldet...
Nickelodeon and DreamWorks Animation are joining forces on a pair of potential weekly series based on DreamWorks features, reports Variety.
One series will be based on the upcoming film Kung Fu Panda; the other is a spinoff of 2005 hit Madagascar, centered on its popular penguin characters. [...]
DreamWorks Animation will take a back seat on day-to-day development of the Nick projects. The cable channel will take the reins on physical production out of Nick Studios.
"We've given them all the elements that exist in the movies and then, really ... we're pretty deferential on this," DreamWorks Animation chief executive Jeffrey Katzenberg said. "They spent a lot of time with the creators, directors, producers and talent involved in the two movies, but it was more to pick their brains and then take the properties and make them their own."
Both projects are in the early stages of development. Tom Martin ("The Simpsons") will write the pilot script for "Panda." Paul Rugg ("Freakazoid!") is aboard to write the Madagascar offshoot, centered on penguins Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private in a series of new adventures.


[16.11.2005] Bei JoBlo.com gibt es eine Kritik zur "Madagascar" US-DVD...

[14.09.2005] CS! meldet...
DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg announced today that the studio will produce a sequel to the computer-animated comedy Madagascar, which has now passed the $500-million mark at the worldwide box office, making it the company's most successful original movie ever.
Katzenberg also announced that Ben Stiller and Chris Rock, who starred in the original Madagascar as Alex the Lion and Marty the Zebra, will be reprising their roles. He said he was looking forward to other original cast members returning to their roles for the sequel.
The movie will once again be produced by Mireille Soria and co-directed by Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath.
Speaking at the annual Merrill Lynch Media & Entertainment Conference in Pasadena, Mr. Katzenberg said, "As a result of its tremendous box office success, the potential to tell a new chapter in its story and the popularity of the film's characters, we are excited to announce that we are making 'Madagascar' our second company franchise -- along with 'Shrek.' We will release a theatrical sequel in 2008."
In addition to the sequel, DreamWorks Animation will be giving the scene-stealing Madagascar Penguins the chance to take top billing in a direct-to-video release due out in 2009. The company has also produced its first mini-movie: a ten-minute film featuring the Penguins, which will play in theatres this fall alongside the studio's main theatrical release: Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, which opens October 7th in theaters nationwide.
Madagascar opened on May 27 and generated a domestic box office of approximately $192 million. It continues to perform extremely well internationally, and currently ranks as one of the top five computer-animated movies of all time.


[14.07.2005] Heute startet "Madagascar" in den deutschen Kinos...

[03.06.2005] Bei DH gibt es eine Kritik (2.5/5)...
[...] an overall much better improvement on 'Shark' but a film that's too kiddie-oriented to keep the parents coming back like they have for the likes of the vastly superior Shrek, Nemo and Incredibles films.
Much of that disappointment lies in the comedy which ultimately falls flat at times, despite segways that generate a few good belly laughs ranging from Sacha Baron Cohen's king lemur and two all too underused monkeys, to the film's best characters - a group of almost mafioso penguins determined to find Antarctica. With its aim firmly set on the sights of the toddlers, many of the gags are of the farting and ass-biting kind with the strong comedic talents of Stiller and in particular Rock reduced to clean but base humour. Smith gets a few good lines, but the four key characters are ultimately outshone by their smaller counterparts. [...]


[28.05.2005] Bei AICN gibt es eine Kritik...
[...] All in all, a fun movie. Yes, yes, not as good as Pixar flicks, but that's not a very good comparison -- in spirit this was far closer to the sillier bits from the Shreks [...]

[25.05.2005] Bei CS! gibt es ein Interview mit den Regisseuren...

[19.05.2005] Bei Moviehole gibt es ein Interview mit den "US-Stimmen"...

[14.05.2005] Bei IGN gibt es das Musikvideo "I like to move it" - mit dem "Gesang" von Ali G...

[11.05.2005] Bei AICN gibt es eine Kritik...
[...] much better than "Shark Tale" but not on par with "Shrek 2." [...]

[08.05.2005] Bei iFILM gibt es Ausschnitte und Featuretten !!!

[03.05.2005] Bei CS! gibt es zahlreiche Szenenbilder...

[09.04.2005] Bei AICN gibt es Kritiken zu Testvorführungen...
[...] Because the movie was still a work-in-progress, with plenty of scenes shown as blocky renderings or sketches, it's difficult to come down too hard on the film. But to me and my kids, it felt consistently averagely mediocre. After seeing a movie, I always ask my kids, You wanna see it again? That tells me right there how *much* they liked it. They just kind of shook their heads, Nah. [...]

[12.03.2005] Bei Moviehole gibt es Infos zu einer Präsentation der ersten 40 Minuten von "Magadascar"...

[14.02.2005] Bei AICN gibt es eine weitere Kritik zu einer Testvorführung...
[...] I did enjoy this movie, and I recommend it if you like Shrek and that ilk...don't expect Pixar quality story, but expect to be entertained and have a few laughs. [...]

[12.02.2005] Yahoo! Movies hat einen neuen "Madagascar" Trailer veröffentlicht...

[10.02.2005] Bei AICN gibt es eine erste Kritik zu einer Testvorführung...
[...] the film was a great surprise. It was genuinely funny and had plenty of characters that an audience can actually care about. [...]
Making the main characters New Yorkers was another great move as much of the film works great as a fish out of water film with the city slickers coming to grips with the wild. There is some great New York humor thrown in here and this also really gives a unique feel to this film. The whole film displays moments of great adult (but not dirty) humor that will go way over kid’s heads. References to American Beauty and the original Planet of the Apes work a lot better than the way too obvious movie references in Shrek 2. However, because of this the movie might not appeal to kids as much as other animated films.
The best part of the movie is without doubt Sacha Baron Cohen’s King of the Lemurs character. He steals every single scene he is in and is probably one of the most unique and bizarre characters I have seen in an animated movie since the Genie in Aladdin. [...]
However there are still a few problems with the film. Although the characters are great, there is not really a strong enough story to carry them for the entire film. Once they arrive on the island, things slow down a little (apart from Cohen’s scenes) and instead of a big, exciting adventure for the audience to get involved in, we merely get a chain of events, none of which are really enough to turn this very good movie to a great movie. Incredibles, Toy Story and Shrek all had good characters AND great adventures with villains we could love to hate. Madagascar does not really have these and when on the island things tend to run more like a sitcom than a big screen adventure/comedy. However, the movie is not completed and I’m sure by adding a few minutes of footage, a bit more conflict with the island’s less friendly inhabitants, or expanding the plot they give us in the final half, this problem could be solved.


[07.01.2005] Bei CS! gibt es sehenswerte Poster der "Madagascar"-Hauptcharaktere...

[01.10.2004] DreamWorks SKG hat den ersten "Madagascar" Trailer veröffentlicht...

[11.08.2004] Bei Skwigly.co.uk gibt es ein paar Bilder von der Siggraph 2004, u.a. auch von "Madagascar"...

[12.06.2004] Bei AICN gibt es u.a. neue "Magagascar"-Promo von der NY Licensing Show...

[11.12.2003] Bei DreamWorks SKG Fansite gibt es einige sehenswerte Szenenbilder !!!

[06.10.2003] Die Offizielle Website - derzeit noch im Teaser-Stadium - ist gestartet...

[25.07.2003] Greg D. Schmitz berichtet für Yahoo! Movies über eine Präsentation von "Madagascar"...
[...] The presentation mostly consisted of director Eric Darnell telling us the story, with dozens of concept art images plastering the walls behind him for us to follow. I had seen images of the four lead characters before [...], but the key to this movie is definitely the background art, which is loosely based upon French Impressionist painter Henri Rousseau imagined jungles, with bright colors and thick sepia-black outlines. DreamWorks is really trying something different with this movie, which is striving, in a way to depart from the goal of realism through CGI in deference for something more imaginative and playful. The character designs match the same basic art style, but what I didn't see is them in CGI full-motion, so I can't really say anything about that. So what did I think of all that DreamWorks laid out for me (and others in the group) to see? My first gut reaction was that of the four projects they showed me/us, this is definitely the movie most obviously targeted at the kids/family audience first and utmost. I'm sure that having Chris Rock and Ben Stiller doing the lead voices is going to attract adults too, but of the four, this movie's story was the most like, say, a traditional Disney story [...]

[02.07.2003] Bei AICN gibt es den Scan eines Presse-Flyers...

[15.06.2003] Bei AICN gibt es Bilder zweier Charaktere...

[19.05.2003] In einem Forumsbeitrag bei Network54.com gibt es "Concept Art" von Jasen Strong...

[17.05.2003] Animated Movies meldet...
[...] if you go to the official DreamWorks site, then click on "Movies" and "Animation" at the top right, you'll get to preview several projects currently in production! An awesome finding, where you finally learn the casting on DreamWorks' Madagascar: the 2005 movie will feature the voices of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock... David Schwimmer (who likely replaces Jason Alexander) and Jada Pinkett Smith, in the much talked about role of Gloria the hippo. Madonna (who would have been my favorite pick) then Jennifer Lopez dropped out of the project, while Julia Louis-Dreyfuss and Gwen Stefani reportedly auditioned unsuccessfully for the role. "This computer-animated comedy stars four civilized Central Park Zoo animals who have spent their entire lives in blissful captivity. But when they are unexpectedly shipped to Africa and get shipwrecked on the exotic island of Madagascar, these native New Yorkers must try to survive and come to terms with what it truly means to be 'wild'."


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