"Madagascar Escape 2 Africa" hits theaters this week, offering parents kid-friendly fare that will keep grown-ups chuckling.
But "Madagascar’s" not just offering up two hours of family entertainment. The official Web site’s got more than your garden variety games and tools for parents and kids to enjoy. Perhaps our favorite addition’s a new video from Will.I.am with his version of "I Like to Move it"," and starring the movie’s cast. Kids can also sign up for their own "passport," which they can stamp as they travel the site, and trade stamps with their friends. There’s also some great educational and hand-eye-coordination games including "Spot the Difference," where kids point out the anomalies between two photos of Melman, and "Shake It! Shake It!," where you can dance away from the ascending coconuts at Marty- or Lemur King-speeds.
And in addition to the standard wallpapers, widgets and buddy icons, there are DIY paper airplanes, a cootie catcher, connect the dots and coloring activities, recipes, iron-ons, backpack stickers and even party planning ideas.
The sequel to "Madagascar" finds our New York Zoo pals Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, and Gloria the Hippo still stranded on Madagascar and follows their attempts to leave the island. Giggle-inducing hijinks ensue when their plane goes down and they land on mainland Africa, where Alex reunites with his biological family. The trouble is, Alex is so used to the zoo, he’s having some trouble communicating with the folks. In the end, all the characters have a big choice to make: go back to the zoo, or stay in the place where they were born.
Though animated movies may be pricey to take the whole brood to, every once in a while you get a feature worth shelling out for on the big screen. And the combination of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock and Jada Pinkett-Smith make up an indulgence-worthy trio. Add in the fact that you get Sacha Baron Cohen (yes, Borat) playing G-rated as Julien, the Lemur King, and you’ve got a cold-weather family outing ringer!
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