The sequel to 2005’s Madagascar, in which New York Zoo animals, Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the Hippo, still stranded on Madagascar, start to leave the island, which the two lemurs, King Julien and his partner Maurice, and the scene-stealing penguins of the original film decide to join. All of a sudden, they land in the wilderness of Africa, where Alex meets the rest of his family, but has trouble communicating with them after spending so much time at the Central Park Zoo. Meanwhile, Marty finds he’s a little too resembling to his african roots, and Melman slowly begins to confess to Gloria. —IMDb
Eric Darnell (born 1960) is an American director, writer, songwriter, animator and occasional voice actor. He is best known for co-directing Antz with Tim Johnson, as well as co-directing Madagascar, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa and Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted with Tom McGrath.
Darnell was born in Kansas. He attended Shawnee Mission East High School in Prairie Village, Kansas, where he was a writer for the school newspaper the Harbinger. He studied broadcast journalism at the University of Colorado at Boulder. After graduating in 1983, he spent four years working on experimental films, which helped him get accepted into the Experimental Animation program study at the California Institute of the Arts.
He directed the music video for the 1989 R.E.M. song “Get Up”.
When Darnell graduated, he joined Pacific Data Images, where he worked as a character animator on the 1991 Hanna-Barbera Halloween special The Last Halloween. He also directed the short film Gas Planet… read more
Thomas “Tom” McGrath (born August 7, 1964) is an American voice actor and animator who is best known for co-directing (with Eric Darnell) the 2005 comedy Madagascar and its sequels, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa in 2008 and Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted in 2012. He has also worked as a voice actor on other DreamWorks animated features like Flushed Away in 2006 and Shrek the Third in 2007. He also stepped in on Flushed Away to help make improvements prior to its release.
Life and career
McGrath studied Industrial Design at the University of Washington and graduated from the Character Animation program at Cal Arts.1 McGrath’s experience in both television and feature animation includes work as an animator on Ralph Bakshi’s film Cool World (starring Brad Pitt), storyboard artist and director for the popular series The Ren and Stimpy Show, animator on the Joe Pytka-directed Space Jam (starring Michael Jordan), and storyboard artist on the live… read more
Brighter and funnier with an actual plot, this sequel is completely better than the original.
Through the eyes of someone who hated the first movie, this is an entertaining improvement. There is further exploration with the rest of the characters aside from Alex and there's a much better assortment of laughs to make this worth recommending. Though I dunno if the connections to "Lion King" were played for laughs or straight forward jipping.