Trivia - Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)
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Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)

Country: USA

Genres: Animation, Action, Adventure

Taglines: Still together. Still lost!

Director: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath

Writers: Etan Cohen, Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath

Stars: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, ...

The sequel to 2005's "Madagascar", in which New York Zoo animals, Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the Hippo, still stranded on Madagascar, start to leave the island. All of a sudden, they land in the wilderness of Africa, where Alex meets the rest of his family, but has trouble communicating with them after spending so much time at the Central Park Zoo.
Jada Pinkett Smith plays the part of Gloria, the Hippo. Her daughter Willow Smith plays Young Gloria in the movie. Ben Stiller's son, Quinn Dempsey Stiller, plays the part of the young Alex.
Bernie Mac's last animated feature. This movie was dedicated to him.
All of the zebras in the film were voiced by Chris Rock.
The hippopotamus who asks if Alex is dancing about a plane crash is voiced by Fergie, better known by her stage name, Fergie. She's well known for being a member of hip hop & R&B group The Black Eyed Peas with Will.i.am who voices Moto Moto.
The sequel Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012) was confirmed months before this one came out.
Alex's family birth-mark is shaped like the continent of Africa, including the island of Madagascar.
'Moto Moto' means 'Hot Hot' in Swahili.
Ville Valo, the lead singer of the Finnish band HIM does the voice for "Moto Moto" in the Finnish version of the movie.
The film's original title was Madagascar 2: The Crate Escape. Many publicity items and memorabilia were made with this title before a late change.
The aircraft used in the escape attempt is based on a Lockheed L-10 Electra, similar to one used by Amelia Earhart.
A specially-made segment featuring Alex, Gloria, Melman, Marty, and the penguins was used as part of a 2008 McDonald's restaurant commercial.
The song from this movie, "Time 2 Move It/I Like To Move It", was used in a 2008 Chrysler car commercial.
A specially-made segment featuring Julien and Private was used as part of a 2008 Comcast Digital Voice commercial.
Jeffrey Katzenberg:  the assistant CEO of DreamWorks does the voice of the boy knocked off the crescent moon by penguins when the DreamWorks logo comes up.
The hippopotamus who asks if Alex is dancing about a plane crash is voiced by Fergie. She's well known for being a member of hip hop & R&B group The Black Eyed Peas with Will.i.am who voices Moto Moto.
Fun Fact : This is the second time that David Schwimmer's character falls in love with one of his best friends. The first time was in the show "Friends".
The average lifespan of a penguin is 6-9 years.
The mark on Alex's paw is shaped like africa
Phil LaMarr, who voiced the Tour Guide, also voiced Marty in the Madagascar Video Games.
The Tour Guide was voiced by Phil LaMarr, who was the voice of Marty in the Madagascar Video Games.
During the flight, King Julien asked for his nuts on a silver platter. A Korean Air executive made headlines when she threw a tantrum on a plane for getting nuts served in a bag, not on a platter.
Jada Pinkett Smith's daughter Willow Smith plays the young Gloria. Ben Stiller's son, Quinn Dempsey Stiller, plays the young Alex.
The film's original subtitle was "The Crate Escape," a spoof of The Great Escape (1963). Many publicity items, trailers, sneak peaks, and memorabilia were made with this title before a late change to "Escape 2 Africa."
The Tour Guide in this film is voiced by Phil LaMarr, who also voiced Marty in the Madagascar Video Games.
David Schwimmer's character dilemma of falling in love with one of his best friends is much like his long running gag in Friends (1994).
Series trademark: Twilight Zone. Most if not all entries in this series contain an homage to Rod Serling's original The Twilight Zone (1959). In this one, Mort mimics the airplane wing walker from The Twilight Zone: Nightmare at 20,000 Feet (1963).
Originally before Makunga was created, Alec Baldwin was going to play himself in Africa where he tricks young movie actors into making his hunting lodge.
When Alex arrives in NYC as a cub in a crate, the World Trade Center Twin Towers are a visible part of the NYC skyline.
The part where Melman falls in love with Gloria was originally going to happen in the first Madagascar (2005) but was cut for time and bumped back to the sequel.
The mark on Alex's paw is shaped like Africa.
When Nana is making her motivational speech to the other New York tourists lost in the jungle, at the end her shadow resembles the Statue of Liberty. She is even holding a flame torch and her handbag looks like a book.
Fergie: The hippopotamus who asks if Alex is dancing about a plane crash is voiced by a member of the same hip-hop-R&B group The Black Eyed Peas as Will.i.am who voices Moto Moto.
Jeffrey Katzenberg: the assistant CEO of DreamWorks does the voice of the boy knocked off the crescent moon by penguins when the DreamWorks logo comes up.
When Alex arrives in NYC as a cub in a crate, the World Trade Center Twin Towers are a visible part of the pre-9/11 NYC skyline.
LOGO GIMMICK: 4 penguins start attacking the boy on the moon in the "Dreamworks Animation SKG" logo.