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11:16 AM - 02/14/2009

The topic: Review:  Madagascar 2


Madagascar - Escape 2 Africa, rated PG for some mild crude humor, 1 hour, 29 minutes long

DreamWorks Animation’s MADAGASCAR: ESCAPE 2 AFRICA Synopsis

All of the loveable characters are back – Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo, King Julien, Maurice and the penguins – in MADAGASCAR: ESCAPE 2 AFRICA. They find themselves in the wildest place of all – the vast plains of Africa – where our zoo-raised crew encounter species of their own kind for the very first time. While discovering their roots, they quickly find the differences between the concrete jungle and the heart of Africa. Despite long-lost relatives, romantic rivals and scheming hunters, Africa seems like a great place...but is it better than their Central Park home?

I watched this Thursday, the Blu-Ray edition and I absolutely LOVED it!  IMO, it was better than the first.

I like the way it started off, with Alex (voiced by Ben Stiller) as a cub and how he ended up on his way to New York, where he became “the King of New York” and there were flashbacks to the first movie.  This would be helpful for someone who never saw Madagascar, or a great refresher for people like me.  You know, I’ve seen it, but it was a while ago.

Chris Rock once again rocks as Marty, the zebra.  It’s especially fun when he meets his “kind” once on the Serengeti. Alec Baldwin is funny evil (was he ever anything else?) as Makunga, with the great mane.  Bernie Mac (*sad*) was Zuba, Alex’s father and Sherri Shepherd as Alex’s mom, ever suffering the silliness of her husband (hey, all you married women out there, can ya relate?)

There was romance (Gloria, Melman and Moto Moto  remybussi ), adventure, comedy, this flick has it all.

The visual effects were wonderful, the music catchy (just try to hold your butt still while hearing “I like to move it, move it!”), and the entire package was highly entertaining. 

The extras were good, the Blu-Ray edition has commentary where you can watch the commentators commentating (The Animators Corner). Watch their faces as they watch the movie and discuss it. See pictures of the storyboard as the movie progresses.  And at the same time, you can have trivia pop-ups, which I always like after I’ve seen the movie once without.

I found the “making of” extras interesting.  Watching the crew in Africa, scoping out sights and seeing the real thing and hearing how they felt about what they saw, made me appreciate the effort that was put into the making of this movie, making it as realistic as possible. 

Then you get to see how difficult it was to get everything just right.  Like the dust (all the different forms!), the tall grass, so much of the computer generated images that you never even take into consideration when watching the movie,  how intricate it all is.  Just amazing.  I also like the trip to the zoo.  Those lemurs are noisy.  *lol*  I have to admit, it was educational for me.

There are Easter Eggs on this DVD, but I haven’t figured out how to access them yet.  *lol*  Hey, I was putting a printer cart together, I’m not much of a multi-tasker.

Anyway, all paws up for this flick.  Adult or child, it’s one you’ll want to watch over and over. 

(Hey, did ya know that Disney and Dreamworks are gonna be buds? Sounds like a match made in heaven!)

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07:23 AM - 02/14/2009

The topic: Argh!


I can’t find Little Bit, she didn’t come out for treats this morning.  I’ve looked all over for her and the only thing I can think is she found a new sleepy spot out in the garage.  The garage is a new place to her.  I know she was in last night, since it was raining and most of the cats were in when it was time for kitties in, I didn’t do too much to get them in.  She was standing next to another cat when I handed out kibbles.   Just to be safe, before I went to bed, I grabbed a flashlight and went through the living room counting black kitties. She was in one of the condos, bottom spot.

This morning, she wasn’t there for treats.  *sigh*

And while looking out the back door to see if I could see her anywhere (I couldn’t), I did see another cat.  Didn’t look all that familiar.  Like I told Brian “looks like Katie, but longer”.  And it does look like we have a new kitty.

And keep your fingers crossed that Little Bit shows her face soon.  I get nervous.


When we got back from breakfast, Little Bit was back in her little condo hidey hole.  Yay!

The other kitty is under the pool pump and it looks like the current resident cats are pretty much leaving him alone.  Brian doesn’t want to go see him just yet, wants to let him settle down.  I remember when Pancho moved in, how even though I could hold him inside, once he was in the yard, he went nuts trying to get out.  I’ll be leaving food out for this guy, so he will at least be able to eat until he lets us bring him in.

I’m pretty sure he’s not a feral, but has people (or should I say “used to have”) somewhere, but I look at it this way.  He’s not a kitten, he’s young, but he’s not a kitten.  He should be neutered, but chances are he is not. I think this because the residents have been very interested in the area around the catnip in the back, they keep spraying over something they smell.  The new kitty’s territorial marking would be my guess.

It’s been cold and rainy, it was rainy when we got home from dinner last night and it rained all evening.  This cat should not have been outside in this weather.  And it’s not an easy thing to get into our yard, so there had to be some work on his part to join the clowder. 

Wish us luck.

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