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The Best Movies (and Series) in the Madagascar Franchise, Ranked

Updated August 9, 2019 655 votes 179 voters 5.0k views6 items

List RulesVote up the best movies in the Madagascar franchise.

There is no doubt that all these movies are classics or at least memorable but one of them has to be the best of the Madagascar movies. Will it be the film that started it all starring the voices of Ben Stiller and Chris Rock from 2005. Maybe one of the follow-ups in the series such as Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted or Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa will make it to the top of the list? Or will the Penguins of Madagascar movies beat out the other films in the franchise? Or will one of the series like All Hail King Julien take the number one spot?

If you've ever asked yourself, how many Madagascar movies are there? Look below to see all the Madagascar films listed with the year they were released so you can watch them chronologically or in order of best to worst.

Your votes will help determine the best movies in the Madagascar series. Vote up your favorites and vote down the Madagascar films you didn't like to ensure the right movie makes it to the top of the list.

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    Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is a 2008 American computer-animated comedy film written by Etan Cohen, and directed by Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath. This sequel to the 2005 film Madagascar continues the adventures of Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, and Gloria the Hippo. It stars the voices of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer, and Andy Richter. Also providing voices are Bernie Mac, Alec Baldwin, Sherri Shepherd, Elisa Gabrielli, and will.i.am. It was produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures, and was released on November 7, 2008....  more
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    Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted is a 2012 American 3D computer-animated comedy film, produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It is the third installment of the Madagascar series, a sequel to Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, and it is the first in the series to be released in 3D. The film is directed by Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath and Conrad Vernon. Its world premiere was at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2012. Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria are still struggling to get home to New York. ...  more
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    Madagascar is a 2005 American computer-animated comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation, and released in movie theaters on May 27, 2005. The film tells the story of four Central Park Zoo animals who have spent their lives in blissful captivity and are unexpectedly shipped back to Africa, getting shipwrecked on the island of Madagascar. The voices of Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith, Chris Rock, and David Schwimmer are featured. Other voices include Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer, and Andy Richter. Despite its mixed critical reception, it was a success at the box office. A sequel, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, was released on November 7, 2008. The third film in the series,...  more
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    Penguins of Madagascar is a 2014 American 3D computer-animated spy-fi action comedy film, produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is a spin-off of the Madagascar film series, and takes place right after the events of Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, following the penguins Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private in their own spy thriller. Apart from the main characters, it is unrelated to the TV series of the same name. The film is directed by Simon J. Smith and Eric Darnell, and written by Michael Colton & John Aboud and Brandon Sawyer. It stars the voices of Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Conrad Vernon, Christopher Knights, featuring the voices of Benedict...  more
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