Review: 'Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted' is infectious

A still from "Madagascar3: Europe's Most Wanted."

Story highlights

  • "Madagascar 3" follows Alex the lion (Ben Stiller) and his Central Park Zoo pals
  • They are now nostalgic for New York after their foray into Africa
  • Our heroes hook up with a troupe of Euro circus animals
In animation, the next best thing to a grand vision is crack comic timing.
The third chapter in the saga of Alex the lion (Ben Stiller) and his Central Park Zoo pals — now nostalgic for New York after their foray into Africa — has timing up the wazoo.
It's there in a (literally) over-the-top chase through the skies of Monte Carlo, in the grouchy fun of a troupe of Euro circus animals our heroes hook up with, and in bits like Marty the zebra (Chris Rock) singing a circus jingle inspired by his psychedelic Afro wig.
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The story in "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" is functional, but the antically civilized spirit is infectious. B+