In animation, the next best thing to a grand vision is crack comic timing. The third chapter in the saga of Alex the lion (Ben Stiller) and his Central Park Zoo pals — now nostalgic for New York after their foray into Africa — has timing up the wazoo. It’s there in a (literally) over-the-top chase through the skies of Monte Carlo, in the grouchy fun of a troupe of Euro circus animals our heroes hook up with, and in bits like Marty the zebra (Chris Rock) singing a circus jingle inspired by his psychedelic Afro wig. The story in Madagascar 3 is functional, but the antically civilized spirit is infectious. B+
MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE'S MOST WANTED Marty the Zebra (Chris Rock, left) is safe in the arms of Vitaly the Tiger (Bryan Cranston, right) (Dreamworks)
Genre: Animation; Starring: Chris Rock, Ben Stiller; Release Date Wide: 06/08/2012; Runtime (in minutes): 83; MPAA Rating: PG; Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Posted June 13 2012 — 12:00 AM EDT
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