Is it too early to start thinking about Christmas? As a rule, I tend to wait until the Halloween candy has run out before I start getting excited about the holidays. I’m out of candy today and I just got finished watching Elf. So while I’m willing to keep most of my holiday cheer closeted until at least the week of Thanksgiving, I thought I’d spread just a little bit of the jollies in the form of some information (and videos!) for the upcoming NBC Christmas special Merry Madagascar.

If my nephews are any indication of what’s popular out there, kids love Madagascar. It looks like those whacky animals are at it again and this time, they’re put to the task of saving Christmas! Below is the information NBC released on the special, which airs November 17th and further down are a few video clips.

Merry Madagascar, is based on the hugely successful smash hits, Madagascar and Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, which both featured the voices of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Cedric The Entertainer and Andy Richter. The special, which also features the voice of Carl Reiner, is scheduled to broadcast on Tuesday, November 17 (8-8:30 p.m. ET) and repeat on Saturday, November 28 (8-8:30 p.m. ET) – just before the holiday season.

Merry Madagascar was written by David Soren, Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath. The executive producer is Mireille Soria; Joe Aguilar is the producer and David Soren directs. The brand new holiday adventure stars everyone’s favorite Central Park "zoosters" from Madagascar and Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa. Merry Madagascar begins when Santa and his sleigh unexpectedly crash-land on the island, giving the jolly gentleman a case of amnesia. So it falls to Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria -- along with the ever-inventive Penguins -- to deliver the presents and save Christmas. And it doesn’t hurt that Santa’s Sleigh just might be able to make a little trip to New York City, so they can finally return to their beloved home. But during their appointed rounds, the four re-discover the magic of giving -- and that it is ultimately more important than their own wish to return home. Also included is a long-lasting North Pole/South Pole rivalry between the Penguins and Santa’s reindeer, plus magic flying dust and a King Julien-based holiday called "Julienuary."”










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