Eric Darnell (2005)

U Certificate


Our Score
While not in the same league as Shrek, this offering from DreamWorks Animation is serviceable family entertainment. Chris Rock and Ben Stiller provide the voices for Marty the zebra and Alex, a preening lion, who enjoy a comfortable existence in Manhattan's Central Park Zoo until Marty expresses a desire to return to the wild. What follows is a predictable but engaging series of mishaps that land the pair in Africa, along with anxious giraffe Melman (David Schwimmer) and straight-talking hippo Gloria (Jada Pinkett Smith). The pace drags a bit in the last third of the movie and the attempts to infuse Marty and Alex's relationship with pathos are just too half-hearted and curiously uninvolving. But the film is always marvellous to look at and the sight gags come thick and fast. Among the highlights are Sacha Baron Cohen as the funky but quite mad King of the Lemurs and a pair of posh British monkeys who propose a unique form of literary criticism.


A gang of streetwise penguins decides to escape from New York's Central Park Zoo and return to a life in the wild, but when Marty the zebra and his friends follow suit, they end up stranded in Africa on a jungle island without a clue about how to fend for themselves. Animated comedy, with the voices of Ben Stiller, David Schwimmer, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith and Sacha Baron Cohen.

Cast & Crew

Alex the Lion Ben Stiller
Marty the Zebra Chris Rock
Melman the Giraffe David Schwimmer
Gloria the Hippo Jada Pinkett Smith
King Julien Sacha Baron Cohen
Maurice Cedric the Entertainer
Mort Andy Richter
Director Eric Darnell
Director Tom McGrath
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 15 Jul 2005
Comedy Drama Children's