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Much anticipated ‘Madagascar 3’ here


Much anticipated animated comedy ‘Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted’ is now being screened at Liberty cinema, Colombo.
Directed by Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath and Conrad Vernon, produced by DreamWorks Animation, the movie is distributed by Paramount Pictures. The third installment of the series, following first two installments ‘Madagascar’ and ‘Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa’, ‘Madagascar 3’ was premiered in 2012 Cannes Film Festival on May 18.

In Monte Carlo, the Penguins and two chimpanzees, Mason and Phil (disguising as the King of Versailles) keep winning in gambling until Alex’s gang’s attempt to reach them blunders and sparks chaos in the Hotel De Paris. Hotel security calls Monaco Animal Control officer Captain Chantel DuBois (Frances McDormand) to deal with the animals, but she wants them dead as trophies. During a high-speed chase between the relentless DuBois and the animals in a truck driven by the Penguins to reach their aircraft, the animals barely manage to elude her.

Meanwhile, DuBois is held in custody in Rome after causing problems with the local police officers while chasing the animals out of her jurisdiction, but escapes and researches her quarry. Once accomplished, DuBois recruits her injured men and heads towards the Alps, forcing the Four and the penguins to proceed to London despite their incomplete rehearsals. In London, the troupe prepare for the promoter in the audience, but Vitaly is discovered packing to leave.

Alex convinces Vitaly to stay by reminding him of how he enjoys performing the impossible and suggests that he uses conditioner shampoo as a safer lubricant to perform his flaming ring jump. As a result, Vitaly’s stunt is performed perfectly, which proves to be just the opening of a spectacularly successful show. After the impressed promoter arranges for an American tour, DuBois shows up with a paper showing that Alex is a missing lion from the zoo. Though the penguins are able to foil DuBois’ plan to capture Alex, the latter is forced to confess that the four of them are just zoo animals trying to get home, disappointing the others who feel used and lied to.

Realizing that they truly belong with their new friends, Alex and his friends decide to join the circus permanently and they all happily proceed on with their American tour, while DuBois and her men finds themselves, oddly enough just like Alex and his friends in the first film, on a cargo box bound for Madagascar.

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