Madagascar Sequel Not Wildly Different
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 7, 2008 9:09 AM CST

(Newser) Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa brings back the on-the-run New York menagerie, and DreamWorks hasn't monkeyed much with the first movie's winning, if slightly tired, formula, say critics. The celebrity-voiced animals' new adventure "is aimed mostly at children and should score a direct hit," Kirk Honeycutt writes in the Hollywood Reporter.

Escape 2 Africa's "rapid-fire comedy and energetic parade of sight gags, delivered with visual invention and whiplash timing" keep things hopping along despite a tired storyline, Sean Axmaker writes in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. The lack of innovation makes the movie "an inferior sequel" writes Josh Tyler at Cinema Blend, "but one that still delivers plenty of laughs."