Madagascar 3 Theatrical Trailer Showcases Circus Antics

By Kristy Puchko 2012-03-20 12:21:56discussion comments
In their latest movie adventure, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, Alex the Lion (Ben Stiller), Marty the Zebra (Chris Rock), Gloria the Hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Melman the Giraffe (David Schwimmer) have washed up on the shores of Europe in another misguided attempt to migrate back to the Big Apple. Luckily enough, these lovable Central Park Zoo natives soon discover a circus troop headed to the U.S., and so go undercover by donning the previously revealed rainbow wigs. Check out more of the circus-centered craziness in DreamWorks' latest trailer, courtesy of Yahoo:


Aside from the return of Stiller, Rock, Pinkett Smith and Schwimmer, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted also features Sacha Baron Cohen, who once more voices the exuberant, selfish, and weirdly kinky for a kids' movie King Julien XIII. Likewise, Cedric the Entertainer, Andy Richter, and Chris Miller will be reprising their roles, while Jessica Chastain, Martin Short, and Bryan Cranston are all on board as intriguing new additions to the world of Madagascar. Yet the most thrilling new cast member looks to be Oscar-winner Frances McDormand, playing Animal Control's stern Capitaine Chantel DuBois, whose on the hunt to capture these on-the-run animals with a reckless determination.

And yet, I find this trailer underwhelming. Full of silliness, slapstick, catchy music and quotable lines, itís sure to entice kids. Sadly, there's little here for their parents to look forward to. Of course, DreamWorks doesn't typically put forth the effort to create animated features that speak to multiple demographics the way Pixar does, and their enthusiasm for sequels tends to outweigh their passion for crafting something daring and unexpected. Still, with Brave opening just two weeks after it, you'd think Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted's trailer might offer something more engaging than Marty's lame, painted buffoonery.

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted opens June 8th.
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