Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008, USA) C-89m. ** D: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath. Starring (the voices of) Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer, Andy Richter, Bernie Mac, Alec Baldwin, Chris Miller. Sequel to the 2005 hit is a bit disappointing, as plot is a rip-off of THE LION KING. The N.Y.C. zoo animals want to leave Madagascar but their plane crashes in the African wilderness, where Alex the lion finds his long-lost family and must contend against evil relative, who wants to be king himself. Rather silly, saved by some good animation and funny scenes. Bernie Mac's last film.

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