Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2023)

Movie Review

Did you know that lions get homesick too? All Alex can think of is getting he and his pals—Marty the zebra, Gloria the hippo and Melman the giraffe—back to their comfy cages in the Central Park Zoo. They’ve been off on their travels far too long. (Two movies too long, to be precise.)

So they all make their way into Monte Carlo to find their gambling penguin chums and head home. But that scheme very quickly goes destructively South. And so do they, with a determined Capitaine Chantel DuBois hot on their heels. This steely-eyed French animal control officer is determined to add a lion head to her wall of captured critters. (Gulp.)

To avoid that unpleasant end, Alex and his four-legged friends do what anyone would do … join the circus. Finding a train full of down-on-their-luck animal performers, they hop aboard and start planning ways to make the show better. If they can add a little sparkle to the act by the time the circus reaches London, they just might land a ticket back to the Big Apple.

All they need to do is avoid Dubois and, well, figure out if it’s actually possible for a hippo to dance on a high-wire.

Positive Elements

From the zoo-y friends’ point of view, it’s one for all and all for one. They pull for one another constantly, always trying to help out or bolster up. And even though they have to stretch the truth to get the circus animals to accept them (not great), they end up pulling for them too (quite great). All the old animals and all the new animals become fast friends, working hard to make the circus the best it can be. And after the zoo guys’ lie is discovered, they quickly apologize and do all they can to regain their fellows’ trust.

Vitaly the tiger, the circus’s animal leader, doesn’t really like Alex or want him there. But in the end the lion helps the crusty Vitaly get over a past disaster and overcome his greatest fear. And when the tiger’s past comes to light, the zoo animals (and the audience) learn to appreciate how important it is to know someone’s story better before judging them.

While preparing for a new circus act, Stefano the sea lion is shot out of a cannon and winds up dangling from a high ledge. Marty immediately leaps into action to save his new friend, risking his own stripes and discovering a new passion in the process: flying through the air with the greatest of ease.

In fact, after the zoo pals finally make their way back to Central Park, they suddenly realize they’ve all come to love the circus life they’ve been living and the new friends they’ve made.

(Video) Madagascar 3 (2012) - Circus Fireworks Scene (9/10) | Movieclips

Spiritual Elements

During a very stressful moment, Stefano prays, “Mama Maria, Santa Maria.” As part of a quick jokey quip, Marty says, “I don’t know, ask the rabbi.” When in Rome, Julien kisses the Pope’s hand … and steals his ring.

Sexual Content

When the flamboyant lemur King Julien XIII and his pals find themselves in a dark scary train car filled with creepy shadows, claw-scraped walls and fish bones on the floor, they eventually realize it’s the home of the circus’ performing bear—and King Julien immediately falls in love with the hulking girl bruin. Their “love” is punctuated by him saying, “Ooh, you have a very hairy back. I like that in a woman,” and scenes of the lemur getting accidentally crushed, battered and slammed around by the bear’s bulky movements. When King Julien holds up a fish head, the bear almost swallows him whole. At one point, Julienexclaims, “No means no!”

Julien sings the racy Nelly song “Hot in Herre,” changing the line “So take off all your clothes” to “So take off all your fur.” We hear a bit of Journey’s “Any Way You Want It.” Somebody mentions a circus troupe that performed “in the nude.”

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Violent Content

When the animals attempt to find their penguin friends in Monte Carlo, they end up falling through a glass ceiling, crushing a roulette table and causing a panic at the casino. After completely destroying the place while trying to run away, the animal rampagers end up climbing aboard the penguins’ armored SUV (purchased with their gambling winnings) and smash-crashing their way through the city’s streets. Vehicles are tumbled, blown up and sent hurtling off tall buildings. Capitaine DuBois creates just as much havoc and destruction as she chases after them—smashing through walls and plate glass windows.

The Capitaine blazes away at the animals with her knockout dart pistol. And at one point she loads a poison dart with a skull and crossbones on its side. (But she misses her mark.) A group of cute little dogs in the circus turns out to be a pack of cockney mongrels—quick to break out switchblades and broken bottles when the “need” arises. We see them fight amongst themselves and threaten others. Vitaly throws knives at the other animals to make his points—always landing them right next to bodies or faces.

Some of the animals end up thumping Capitaine DuBois on a couple of occasions when she charges in: The bear hits her with a motorcycle wheel, she’s crushed between two elephants and falls unconscious off a raised platform. During one terrible circus performance, an elephant teeters backward and sits on a boy. The animal gets up, and we see the lad’s feet sticking out from its backside. Vitaly catches on fire (offscreen).

Crude or Profane Language

Vitaly, who is Russian, spits out, “That’s Bolshevik!” (as a stand-in for the s-word).Stefano tells his new friends, “You think we are a stinky, poopy circus” and, “Grab your luggage and drain your bladders.” Mario Andretti’s name gets changed to “Sucky-o Andretti,” used as a put-down, along with “Ruskie,” “stupido” and“psycho.” We hear “heck” and “oh my gosh!”

Drug and Alcohol Content

A French Canadian circus company is said to have been incredibly successful even though its members were “drunk on their maple syrup and cheap pharmaceuticals.” After signing a contract, a promoter smokes a banana. The shock of seeing jungle animals in a casino causes one patron to throw away her drink.

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Other Negative Elements

As mentioned, Alex and Co. claim to be part of a circus themselves, lying about their talents and death-defying feats to gain the support of their new comrades. And the casino gambling pays huge dividends for the penguins, their winnings on the roulette wheel ultimately allowing the zoo animals to purchase the circus.

A small lemur runs about under the Capitaine’s shirt. We see her gasping reactions and a small moving lump. It’s said that the animal-hunting Capitaine “strangled her first parrot at age 7.” In Rome, Alex cracks a joke about his ancestors performing in the Colosseum, saying they really “killed.”

One of the lemurs vomits pink icing.


I’m never surprised when new animated sequels pop up at the theater. After all, they bring in the families and sell the popcorn. It’s actually surprising we don’t see even more. But let’s be honest, how often does anyone expect much beyond 90 minutes of muddled mayhem from a cartoony flick with a “2” or “3” plastered on the poster? And with something like Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, well, let’s just say pigs can fly higher than my hopes when I walked in to review it.

Here’s a franchise that’s getting pretty long in the mane. It doesn’t really even have anything to do with Madagascar anymore. It carries over with an already bloated cast of zoo animals and adds a half dozen more. It was shaped and pieced together by three different directors. It jumps around with the rabid pace of a monkey with its tail on fire, throwing globs of slapstick violence at the wall just to watch them slide to the floor.

(Video) Madagascar 3 (2012) - Is There a Problem, Officer? Scene (2/10) | Movieclips

But then that flying pig hit me in the head: Just like a madcap three-ring circus, this thing was somehow working. At least it was working better than its predecessors.

The characters are warmly colorful, even the villainous Capitaine DuBois, who combines the wicked heart of Cruella De Vil with the athletic grace of a Cirque du Soleil gymnast and the hennaed look of Lucille Ball on a butter-and-cheese diet. The circus setting sparkles with neon joy. The journey back to Central Park is a hoot. And there are even good solid lessons to be found amongst the peanuts and Cracker Jack.

These four-footed furry funsters encourage kids to overcome their fears and failures. They show them how to stand strong with their friends. And, above all, they encourage watching tykes to make the most of all the little problems life can throw at them.

To put that last lesson in the circus vernacular: While walking the tightrope of life, remember that those unexpected juggling balls that get tossed in your direction just might end up making things a little more fun. And I guess that can even count when a ball has a big number 3 plastered on it. Just be ready to duck the one flying off the roulette wheel, covered in pink icing and emblazoned with “Bolshevik.”

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Does Alex like Gia Madagascar? ›

Gia is a jaguar who is the love interest and later girlfriend of Alex and a major character in Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted.

How did the animals get to Monte Carlo in Madagascar 3? ›

Following the events of the previous film, the penguins and the chimpanzees leave Africa for Monte Carlo in their modified airplane. When they do not return, Alex, Marty, Melman, Gloria, King Julien, Maurice and Mort decide that they should go find them and return to their home at the Central Park Zoo in New York City.

What age is Madagascar 3 suitable for? ›

Overall this is a fun animated movie for kids. Depending on the child, I recommend this film for kids ages 5 and up. Parents need to be aware of the slapstick moderate violence.

Why is Madagascar 3 so good? ›

Visually, Madagascar 3 bests its predecessors with some really stunning 3D and elaborate set pieces that could never be done in live action films and are rarely as ambitious in animated films. The casino escape and the elaborate circus finale are dazzling and entertaining for both kids and adults.

Who is the most evil Madagascar villain? ›

Chantel DuBois is, by far, the most evil main antagonist of the Madagascar trilogy. While the Fossas and Makunga, the main antagonists of the first two films, were a group of predators and a pompous jerk respectively, DuBois is more sadistic and competent than them.

Is skipper from Madagascar a girl? ›

After they replace the fuse, the machine draws a vertical line through the minus sign, completing the plus mark and proving that Skipper is a boy.

Why does Sonya the bear not talk? ›

It is unknown why she could not speak like most other animals. According to Rob Koo, head of story for Madagascar 3, "We wanted her to contrast with Julien's narcissism, by having her be an animal, she acted like a mirror.

Why is Mort so obsessed with King Julien's feet? ›

Like in Madagascar, Mort loves to touch feet, especially King Julien's. His love of King Julien's feet started when King Julien kicked the Foosa away, therefore saving Mort's life.

How old is Alex the lion in Madagascar 3? ›

Maurice: 25. Mort: older than 50. Marlene: 13. Alex: 15.

Can a 14 year old watch The L Word? ›

Though it has flaws, and is too much for tweens and younger, I would definitely let anyone 13+ watch it. After letting my 13 year daughter (she's lesbian) she was extremely grateful as she barely sees lesbians on tv in relationships or happy.

Is Madagascar 4 ever coming out? ›

Madagascar 4 could still be happening

It is most likely that "Madagascar 4" has been put on the back-burner in favor of other upcoming DreamWorks projects and the current "Madagascar: A Little Wild" series, with the studio merely waiting for the right time to have "Madagascar 4" be released.

Why is Nana not in Madagascar 3? ›

However, it is possible that Nana was not included in the film because Chantel DuBois, its main antagonist, is obsessed with killing Alex and having Nana in the film would have complicated the plot with the presence of two antagonists who hate Alex.

Is Melman from Madagascar a boy or a girl? ›

Melman is a male reticulated giraffe. He has a furry coat, green eyes, a snout, a long neck, brown spots, horns, and a tufted tail. He is somewhat of a hypochondriac, having doses of medicine for meals and doctor's appointments frequently.

Who is the villain in Madagascar 4? ›

Waternoose III is the hidden main antagonist of Madagascar 4. He is voiced by Jim Carrey. He is Alex's biological father and arch-nemesis.

How old is Melman in Madagascar 3? ›

34 years old. Melman moved to Manhattan as a young adult.

Is Mort a girl? ›

Mort is sometimes thought to be female, though the Director's Commentary of Madagascar states that Mort is male. It is also commonly believed that Mort is a child, but the creators of Madagascar have stated he is actually older than 35.

Who is King Julien's crush? ›

King Julien is bringing her girlfriend by the name of Vicky over! And she'll do horrible things to us!” Kowalski cries out. In the next scene, It was raining at the Central Park Zoo, A car pulls up to the gate of the zoo, Driven by Norman Osborn from the Spider Man movies and his assistant, Vicky (King Julien's Crush).

Who is the evilest DreamWorks villain? ›

Top 10 Best Dreamworks Animated Villains
  1. 1 Lord Shen - Kung Fu Panda 2. ...
  2. 2 Rameses - The Prince of Egypt. ...
  3. 3 Fairy Godmother - Shrek 2. ...
  4. 4 Lord Farquaad - Shrek Lord Farquaad is the main antagonist of the 2001 animated feature film, Shrek, as well as Shrek 4D. ...
  5. 5 Tai Lung - Kung Fu Panda.

Does skipper hate private? ›

Ever since Private was a child, Skipper has loved him and called him adorable (which got annoying to Private after ten years of hearing it come from Skipper's mouth.) Even though Skipper is hard at times, he has a soft spot for Private.

Does skipper like Marlene? ›

Skipper view s Marlene as a friend as well and values her opinion most of the time. He is protective over her because she is a female.

Who was Gloria in love with Madagascar? ›

Gloria is the tritagonist of the Madagascar franchise, and is the love interest of Melman the Giraffe starting on the second film.

How strong is Sonya Blade? ›

Sonya has also ripped Kintaro's head off. It takes roughly 5600 newtons to rip a human head off. This means Sonya Blade can lift 1258 pounds and likely more because it was Kintaro and her legs are much much stronger.

How old is Sonya the bear? ›

Meet Sonya, an orphaned brown bear who loves peaches and her former caretaker, Jonathan. Sonya, now a robust 13-year-old girl, came to the Orphaned Wildlife Center in Otisville, New York, as a cub.

What color are Sonya Blades eyes? ›

Sonya Blade
Physical description
Eye colourBlue
Hair colourBlond
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How many wives has Mort had? ›

It is revealed Mort was married 12 times, as most his wives died of old age, Zora being the only known exception.

Why is Morts name Mort? ›

Mort's name and profession is an inside joke, as the word "mort" is Latin & French for the word "death," which is central to Mort's job as a funeral director, or "mortician." It could also be short for Mortimer which is what Louise calls him in one scene in "Tina-Rannosaurus Wrecks".

Is Mort from Madagascar immortal? ›

In All Hail King Julien: Exiled, it is revealed that Mort is of a species that is immortal and can suck out the life force of other “Mort”s, giving them multiple personalities.

How did RICO get his scar? ›

Rico has two scars across the left side of his beak and mowhawk feathers. However, it is unknown how he had acquired them. His beak is strong enough to snap off a padlock in "Untouchable." As seen in "I Was A Penguin Zombie," Rico freaks out whenever Skipper is gone for too long.

Is Mort evil in Madagascar? ›

Morticus Khan was an evil mouse lemur from another dimension. He was a minor antagonist in All Hail King Julien and the tertiary antagonist of All Hail King Julien: Exiled (with the main antagonist being Koto and the secondary antagonist being Uncle King Julien).

Is Alex the lion strong? ›

Indeed, even for a lion, Alex is shown to be unusually strong, such as when he broke the zoo's public telephone, and lifted Melman, Marty and Gloria (a being whose weight is more than enough to break apart a thick concrete wall) all at once almost effortlessly. He also defeated many fossa almost single-handedly.

Can a 14 year old watch Squidgame? ›

What age is 'Squid Game' appropriate for? The age rating for "Squid Game" on Netflix is TV-MA, which means for mature audiences only. According to TV Guidelines, TV-MA indicates "this program is specifically designed to be viewed by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 17.

What is rated Y mean? ›

The ratings are: TV-Y - programs aimed at a very young audience, including children from ages 2-6. TV-Y7 - programs most appropriate for children age 7 and up.

What does Rated G mean? ›

G: Appropriate for people of all ages. PG 12: Parental guidance is required for children under the age of 12. R 15+: People aged 15 and above will be admitted. ID is required to confirm your age.

Will there be a Shrek 5? ›

Shrek 5 was originally planned for a 2019 release before rumours online suggested that it'd arrive at the end of 2022. That isn't happening, but the movie does have a release date now of May 20, 2023.

Is Madagascar based on a true story? ›

Madagascar - Based On A True Story - Based On A True Story. A panther chameleon, endemic to Madagascar and showing its colour range, blends into its surroundings in a tropical forest to the north of the island.

What age is Madagascar 2 appropriate for? ›

Not recommended under 8, PG to 13 due to violence and scary scenes. This topic contains: overall comments and recommendations. details of classification and consumer advice lines for Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.

How old is Gia the jaguar? ›

In the movie Gia says that she is 5 which in jaguar years means she is about 35.

What animal is Maurice? ›

He is an aye-aye lemur and King Julien's royal advisor and right-hand man. He is a side character in the films, The Penguins of Madagascar, and the deuteragonist of All Hail King Julien.

Who is the main villain in Madagascar 3? ›

Capitaine Chantel ShannonDuBois is the secondary antagonist of the Madagascar franchise, serving as the main antagonist of Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted.

Does GIA get with Alex? ›

Gia is one of the main characters in Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted. She is jaguar and is a circus performer. She is also the main love interest and later girlfriend of Alex The Lion.

Who does Alex end up with in Madagascar? ›

During their escape in Europe's Most Wanted, Alex has fallen in love with Gia, one of the circus animals at Circus Zaragoza. at the end of the film, they become boyfriend and girlfriend when he, Marty, Melman, and Gloria stay with the Circus. He is voiced by Ben Stiller in the films.

Who is Alex's best friend in Madagascar? ›

Marty. Marty, Gloria, and Melman as young kids, watching Alex performing for the first time. Alex and Marty are the best of friends and went through a lot together.

Who is in love with Gloria Madagascar? ›

Gloria is the tritagonist of the Madagascar franchise, and is the love interest of Melman the Giraffe starting on the second film.

Does Alex end up with Nate? ›

In the end, Alex doesn't choose either Sean or Nate. While Nate may seem like Alex's saviour when he gives her a place to stay, his offer comes with conditions as he would like to pursue a romantic relationship with her.

Is Alex gonna end up with Nate? ›

In the end, Alex needed to end her relationship with Nate in order for her own personal growth. Rather than trade in one man she's dependent on for another, Alex is able to — eventually — get on the right path to be genuinely self-sufficient.

Can Alex get with Ryan Life is strange? ›

There are two romance options in Life is Strange: True Colors that Alex may choose between. Alex can date either Steph or Ryan, and that's something you'll need to choose by way of different dialogue options.

Is Cassie in love with Alex? ›

The answer is, of course, no. Cassie was never really in love with Alex. The series ends with Cassie preparing for yet another flight. While she has a moment to herself she revisits her mind palace.

Is Mort a male or female? ›

Mort is a common masculine given name or nickname/hypocorism variant of Morton or Mortimer, particularly in the United States.

Did Alex sleep with Julian? ›

Julian proposes to Brooke. ("Almost Everything I Wish I'd Said The Last Time I Saw You...") and punches Alex in the face, causing days of filming to be lost, because Brooke thought that Julian and Alex had slept together, when, in fact, the two had traded rooms and Alex slept with Alexander, not Julian.

Is Melman a boy or girl? ›

Melman is a male reticulated giraffe. He has a furry coat, green eyes, a snout, a long neck, brown spots, horns, and a tufted tail. He is somewhat of a hypochondriac, having doses of medicine for meals and doctor's appointments frequently.

Why is Mort obsessed with King Julien's feet? ›

Like in Madagascar, Mort loves to touch feet, especially King Julien's. His love of King Julien's feet started when King Julien kicked the Foosa away, therefore saving Mort's life.

How many ex wives does Mort from Madagascar have? ›

It is revealed Mort was married 12 times, as most his wives died of old age, Zora being the only known exception.

Why can't Sonya talk in Madagascar? ›

It is unknown why she could not speak like most other animals. According to Rob Koo, head of story for Madagascar 3, "We wanted her to contrast with Julien's narcissism, by having her be an animal, she acted like a mirror. But having one character be more animal-like and still be in the Madagascar universe is tricky."

Is Madagascar 4 Cancelled? ›

Madagascar 4 was supposed to be the fourth and last entry in the Madagascar franchise. However, production was halted when Anne Globe stated that it was too early to tell.


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