Rating : 5/10
Release Date : 8th June, 2012
Time : 90 minutes
Directors :Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath, Conrad Vernon; Writers : Eric Darnell, Noah Baumbach; Music : Hans Zimmer
Starring : (voices of) : Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Frances McDormand, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer, Tom McGrath, Jessica Chastain, Bryan Cranston, Martin Short
Its loud. Glitzy. So over the top that the top is just a distant speck. And not as funny as the previous editions, with a storyline which isn’t as simple either.
Our fabulous four-some decide its time to head back to the Big Apple, back to the safety and stardom of their zoo. Via Europe. Monte Carlo to be precise, where the penguins & chimps have established temporary headquarters in a casino. Along with the King of Versailles. However, plans change with the almost superhuman, possessed, evil, determined animal hunter, Chantel Dubois on their heels, they seek refuge in a circus. Meeting Vitaly, the Soviet tiger, Gia, the jaguar and Stefano the seal. And more adventure follows.
Maximum laughs are still provided by King Julien and the penguins. The film has its moments but I sensed it catering more to the younger ones than the older. There is a spectacular circus sequence shown, which is such an aesthetic feast that by itself it’s worth the price of admission. But I missed the multiple layered jokes, the subtle ones of the previous adventures.
The subtlety has been replaced with a sledge hammer equivalent of slapstick. Funny in parts, loud in others, over the top in its entirety, this one is more for the kids than the adults. Normally, such animated ones effortlessly cater to both.