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Still shot from the movie: Madagascar.


A zoo raised Zebra (voice of Chris Rock), gets to experience life on the wild side after he and his friends, a lion (Ben Stiller,) a hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith) and a giraffe (David Schwimmer), accidentally get washed ashore on a deserted part of Madagascar's coastline. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B
Violence: B
Sexual Content: B
Language: B+
Drugs/Alcohol: B+
Run Time: 86
Theater Release: 26 May 2005
Video Release: 14 Nov 2005
MPAA Rating: PG
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

When Marty voices his desire to live life on the wild side, Alex tells him the grass always looks greener on the other side of the fence. Why do things we don’t have often appear better than the things we do have? How did this advice also apply to the penguins and their quest to reach Antarctica? How can you find more contentment with what life offers you?

As Alex adjusts to life in the wild, he undergoes a Dr. Jekyl / Mr. Hyde sort of transition. How is it similar to the battle people face as they choose between following selfish instincts and making sacrifices for the good of others?

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