A colourful and appealing animation in which a lion, Alex (voiced by Ben Stiller), and his New York zoo pals escape.

Narcissistic Alex likes being the centre of attention at the zoo, but his pal Marty the restless zebra (Chris Rock), Melman the hypochondriac giraffe (David Schwimmer) and Gloria the flirty hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith) are eager to find out what’s on the other side of the fence.

However, once they fetch up in Madagascar, they find that life in the wild isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

With its cute characters and lovely animation, this charming comedy appeals to both adults and children and is a knockout treat for all the family.

The penguins and Sacha Baron Cohen’s King Julien the lemur and his sidekick Maurice (Cedric the Entertainer) are the funniest characters.