2013 Best Animated Feature Film Contenders
From 'Brave' to 'Zarafa'
"Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted"
Director: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath, Conrad Vernon
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
The Lowdown: DreamWorks Animation has seen no luck for the "Madagascar" series to date in this category, despite incremental improvement. "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" features gorgeous computer animation a step above prior installments. But the series still remains little more than a pop culture-conscious diversion, and as ever, fails to catch on with the branch like the "Shrek" series has (though even that fizzled out until the embers were re-ignited by a "Puss in Boots" spin-off). Maybe that's the answer to inject some freshness into this one. While it's worth noting the third film was the most financially and critically successful of the films to date, it still would appear to be on the outside looking in.