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24. "MADAGASCAR: ESCAPE 2 AFRICA"
Released: Nov. 7, 2008
Directors: Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath
Voice cast: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer, Andy Richter, Bernie Mac, Sherri Shepherd, Alec Baldwin, Will.i.am
How it stacks up: When it came to building out the "Madagascar" franchise, DreamWorks elevated the bar set by the original, but only just. The animation was a pretty big step forward three years later, and the narrative at least felt like there was more thought involved. The film ended up pushing past $600 million globally and critics were a touch more positive, but it seemed clear that, whatever the box office receipts, this was simply a lesser series in the DWA arsenal.
Memorable moment: The arrival of Will.i.am's Moto Moto on the scene — fit with eyebrow wiggle, hippo strut and a deeply intoned, "Girl, you huge!" (accompanied by the Black Eyed Peas member's own "Big and Chunky" track, no less) — makes for a pretty memorable entrance.