Then it's back on the bullet train. Your brain goes breathless and giddy struggling to keep up.
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The rickety monkey-built plane from the previous movie achieves liftoff, but the avaricious penguins and vainglorious King Julien the lemur (
With faultless cartoon logic, the menagerie scuba-dives to Monaco, where they make a shambles of the famed casino. With animal control officer Capt. Chantel DuBois (
As the circus tours Rome and London, the film has plenty of broad fun with
There are a couple of funny cross-species love affairs. Cohen's lemur flips for the circus's unicycle star, a plump, tutu-clad grizzly bear. The script, co-written by indie filmmaker
Gia (Jessica Chastain), a flirtatious leopard with eyes for Alex, is a wonderful new addition. She's a sensuous, nubile feline. After some kittenish shenanigans, he impatiently asks her, "Are you 5?" She replies, "Yes," leaving us in the audience to do swift mental calculations from cat years to human to assure ourselves she's not underage. Then you realize you're fretting over moral peril to a cat. A cartoon cat.
A circus contract that could bring the animals back to America sets up the finale, a whirligig spectacle of acrobatic teamwork to the tune of
'Madagascar 3' -- 3 1/2 stars
Running time: 1:25