Circus Afro: A Madagascar 3 Review

Last Saturday, the hubs and I took Bug to see Madagascar: Europe’s Most Wanted at an advanced screening in Durham. I was a little worried about the 3D glasses, as when we saw Cars 2 last summer, he refused to wear them.

This time, he wore them 2/3 of the time and giggled hysterically when characters seemed to pop out of the screen. He actually tried to touch a few things, which was super cute.

But enough about him. How was the movie?

It was super cute. Both the hubby and I enjoyed it as much as Bug did. I thought Dreamworks did a great job of adding in humorous aspects for both kids and parents.

The story line consists of Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria journeying across Europe as stowaways in a circus desperate to get to America to perform. We meet several new characters who are as lovable as the ones you are already familiar with.

My husband and I ADORE the penguins. Kowalsky and his crew save the day several times for Alex and his crew, and, as always, provide much of the movie’s comedy.

My son really liked King Julien although he kept asking me when he was going to sing “move it, move it”.

Even though it was PG, I think Madagascar is fine for most kids over 3. There is a villain who can look a little mean & scary. And there is ONE line in the movie that the entire audience reacted to – sounded like a cuss word but wasn’t. It’ll get the attention of any child in elementary school – but the little ones will likely totally miss it. (Immediately following the line, I heard the mom in front of me tell her 7 year old “You are NOT allowed to say that!”)

We left the theater singing and dancing. I give it 2 thumbs up.

And in case you were wondering, the Circus Afro bit is just as funny in the movie as it is in the preview. It’s still stuck in my head.

You’re welcome.

The movie is rated PG and opens nationwide tomorrow in 2D and RealD 3D.

I received free passes to the movie but was not compensated for this review. All opinions are my own (or someone in my family’s).

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