This computer-animated comedy stars four civilized Central Park Zoo animals who have spent their entire lives in blissful captivity. But when they are unexpectedly shipped to Africa and get shipwrecked on the exotic island of Madagascar, these native New Yorkers must try to survive and come to terms with what it truly means to be 'wild'.

‘Madagascar’ Penguins Get Big Screen Spin-Off

DreamWorks Animation is moving forward with a new spin-off featuring the penguins from the Madagascar franchise.

The studio has hired MegaMind screenwriters Alan J. Schoolcraft and Brent Simons to script this new adventure, which will follow the exploits of penguins Skipper, Kowalski, Private, and Rico.

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DreamWorks Animation Announces Release Slate Through 2014

DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (Nasdaq: DWA) today announced its feature film release slate through 2014. The Company's current plan features six original films and is anchored by three sequels based on its hit Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar and How to Train Your Dragon franchises.

DreamWorks Animation's theatrical release schedule is currently planned as follows: Kung Fu Panda 2 for May 26, 2011 and Puss in Boots for November 4, 2011; Madagascar 3 for June 8, 2012 and Rise of the Guardians for November 21, 2012; The Croods for March 1, 2013, Turbo for June 7, 2013 and Me and My Shadow for November 8, 2013; Mr. Peabody and Sherman for March 21, 2014 and How to Train Your Dragon 2 for June 20, 2014.

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Jeffery Katzenberg Talks DreamWorks Animation Sequels

Empire recently spoke with DreamWorks Animation Chief Jeffrey Katzenberg, who revealed what the studio has planned for the future. In all, Katzenberg said that the studio is planning a total of four Madagascar movies, six Kung Fu Panda movies, and that How to Train Your Dragon would be, at the very least, a trilogy.

Shrek Forever After was released May 21st, 2010.

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NBC to Air Holiday Specials Themed Around ‘Monsters Vs. Aliens’ and ‘Madagascar’

NBC has joined with DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. to air two all-new, family-friendly animated holiday television specials based on the studio's blockbuster feature films, Monsters Vs. Aliens and Madagascar, both featuring many of the characters as voiced by the original talent from the films.

The first of the 30-minute specials is titled, Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space, and is based on the 2009 smash hit, Monsters Vs. Aliens. It features the voices of cast members Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogen, Hugh Laurie, Will Arnett, Kiefer Sutherland and Rainn Wilson (NBC's The Office). The special is set to air on Wednesday, October 28 (8-8:30 p.m. ET, repeating from 8:30-9 p.m. ET). The second special, 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.

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DreamWorks and Nickelodeon Team Up on ‘Kung Fu Panda’ and ‘Madagascar’ Cartoon

DreamWorks and Nickelodeon have teamed up to develop two potential weekly series based on DreamWorks Animation features, Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar.

Kung Fu Panda revolves around a lowly waiter in a noodle restaurant whose shape doesn't lend itself to kung fu fighting; the film will be released in theaters in 2008 and features the vocal talents of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman and Ian McShane.

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‘Madagascar’ the Number One DVD of the Week

According to The Hollywood Reporter, DreamWorks Home Entertainment's Madagascar easily topped the DVD sales charts for the week ended Nov. 20, bumping Warner Home Video's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to No. 2. Industry sources peg first-week sales of Madagascar at around 4.4 million units, a strong showing driven by the film's $193.2 million box office gross and high kid appeal that tends to spur consumer purchases rather than rentals. Indeed, on Home Media Retailing's rental chart for the week ended Nov. 20, Madagascar debuted at No. 5, with estimated earnings of just $6.52 million.

Madagascar was released May 27th, 2005.

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CONTEST: Win ‘Madagascar’ On DVD!

Movie PictureIn celebration of the #1 family comedy of the year coming to DVD, we're giving away copies of the animated adventure Madagascar, to some lucky MovieWeb readers!

The friendship between a New York City lion and zebra is tested when fate brings them out to the unforgiving wilderness in this computer-animated DreamWorks feature. Chris Rock does the voice of Marty the Zebra, whose longing to explore beyond his cushy Central Park Zoo boundaries is the impetus that ultimately strands him and his pals on the shores of savage Madagascar. Marty loves the new, edible scenery, but his best friend Alex (voiced by Ben Stiller) the Lion begins to starve since his diet of thick steaks has been cut off, and the rump of his friend starts to look mighty tasty. Their other friends, a hypochondriac giraffe (David Schwimmer) and a sassy hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith), try their best to think of a solution as the call of the wild slowly turns the starving Alex into Marty's worst nightmare. Meanwhile the hilariously self-aggrandizing King of the Ocelots (Sacha Cohen) has a plan to use Marty to repel their own carnivore problem. This kid-oriented comedy stays adult-friendly every step of the way thanks to a clever script that mixes New Yorker humor and even some existentialism in with the pratfalls and spit-takes. Jolts of comedic brilliance are supplied by some Arctic-bound escaped con penguins, and a couple of literary apes. It's not a musical, but classic songs from the likes of Louis Armstrong and Sammy Davis Jr. keep the montages flowing loose and sassy.

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DreamWorks Plans ‘Madagascar’ Sequel

A Theatrical sequel coming in 2008.