|Madagascar 2005 PG, 80 min.|
Genre: Animation / Family / Adventure / Comedy
Director: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath
Cast: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Cedric the Entertainer, Andy Richter, Sacha Baron Cohen, Tom McGrath, Christopher Knights, Chris Miller, Conrad Vernon, Eric Darnell, Stephen Apostolina
In this animated adventure, a depressed zebra, Marty (Chris Rock), sneaks out of Central Park Zoo and is rescued by his friends–the lion, Alex (Ben Stiller), and the giraffe, Melman (David Schwimmer). But they are caught, packed up, and sent to a new land. Can these friends, raised in captivity, survive outside the safe confines of the park?
|Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa 2008 PG, 89 min.|
Genre: Animation / Family / Comedy / Action / Adventure
Director: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath
Cast: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer, Andy Richter, Bernie Mac, Sherri Shepherd, Alec Baldwin, Will i Am, Elisa Gabrielli, Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights
This story begins where "Madagascar" (2005) left off with the New York zoo animals–Alex the Lion (voice of Ben Stiller), Melman the Giraffe (voice of David Schwimmer), Marty the Zebra (voice of Chris Rock), and Gloria the Hippo (voice of Jada Pinkett Smith)–stranded in Madagascar. They have plans to fly back to Manhattan on a plane that has been reconstructed by their penguin pals. The plane takes off, but they only get as far as an African wildlife preserve where Alex reunites with his mom (voice of Sherri Shepherd) and dad (voice of Bernie Mac) who Alex has not seen since he was stolen from them when he was just a cub. Alex must now deal with his dad's rival Makunga (voice of Alec Baldwin), and the zoo animals use their diversity to overcome all obstacles as they come in contact with their wild counterparts in this story showing the value of distinctiveness being a virtue.
|Shrek 2001 PG, 88 min.|
Genre: Animation / Family / Adventure / Comedy / Fantasy
Director: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson
Cast: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, John Lithgow, Vincent Cassel, Peter Dennis, Jim Cummings, Chris Miller, Kathleen Freeman, Clive Pearse, Bobby Block, Cody Cameron, Michael Galasso, Christopher Knights, Simon J. Smith
In this excellent animated adventure, Lord Farquaad (voice of John Lithgow) decrees that all fairy tale characters are to be banned from the land and has relocated them to the swamp of the green-skinned ogre, Shrek (voice of Mike Myers). But Shrek wants his privacy and makes a deal with Lord Farquaad to take Donkey (voice of Eddie Murphy) with him to rescue the beautiful Princess Fiona (voice of Cameron Diaz) who will then be exchanged for Shrek's sole rights to the swamp. "Shrek" was the first winner of an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
|Shrek the Third 2007 PG, 93 min.|
Genre: Animation / Family / Comedy / Fantasy
Director: Chris Miller, Raman Hui
Cast: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas, Julie Andrews, John Cleese, Rupert Everett, Eric Idle, Justin Timberlake, Susanne Blakeslee, Cody Cameron, Larry King, Christopher Knights, John Krasinski, Ian McShane
In this third animated "Shrek" tale, Shrek (voice of Mike Myers) faces problems when his father-in-law, the Frog King of Far, Far Away, King Harold (voice of John Cleese) dies. If Shrek cannot find a suitable replacement for the king, he could be stuck with the job. So, Shrek heads out–with Donkey (voice of Eddie Murphy) and Puss In Boots (voice of Antonio Banderas) in tow–in search of his wife's, Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz), teenage cousin Artie (voice of Justin Timberlake) at his boarding school. Meanwhile, Fiona, who is pregnant, is left to fend off a palace coup staged by Prince Charming (voice of Rupert Everett) who has assistance from fairy tale villains including Captain Hook, the Evil Queen, Rumplestiltskin, the Big Bad Wolf, and the Headless Horseman. But, Fiona and her mother Queen Lillian (voice of Julie Andrews) get help from Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty in their valiant effort to retake the kingdom.
|Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas 2003 PG, 86 min.|
Genre: Animation / Family / Adventure / Fantasy
Director: Patrick Gilmore, Tim Johnson
Cast: Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michelle Pfeiffer, Joseph Fiennes, Dennis Haysbert, Adriano Giannini, Timothy West, Raman Hui, Jim Cummings, Andrew Birch, Chung Chan, Chris Miller
The infamous pirate, Sinbad (voice of Brad Pitt), has big plans to get his hands on the legendary "Book of Peace" and auction it off. But after the book, which Proteus (voice of Joseph Fiennes) guarded, is stolen, Sinbad sets sail for other adventures. However, there are a few surprises in store for Sinbad; one is Marina (voice of Catherine Zeta-Jones) who has stowed away on Sinbad's ship and intends to convince Sinbad to save her betrothed Proteus' life by finding the missing "Book of Peace.".
|1. Madagascar (2005)|
2. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)
3. Shrek (2001)
4. Shrek the Third (2007)
5. Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003)
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