big group of 4 and 5 year olds AND the parents, LOVED IT! Can't wait to buy it on DVD!
We are very careful about what our 4 year old sees on TV and in movies, and we are definitely NOT on the High School Musical/Hannah Montana bandwagon that everyone else seems to be on (that is so clearly not age appropriate to us). That being said, we took our son and a group of his friends, with everyone's parents in tow, to see Madagascar 2, and WE LOVED IT! The parents enjoyed all the jokes that were over the kids heads, and we laughed throughout it. The kids enjoyed the more simplistic aspects of it, and danced and giggled their way through it.
I have to emphasize that we are not very liberal parents who expose our child to just anything. For example, we feel the Hulk and Spiderman movies are too much for him at age 4, and we are careful what is on the TV when he is in the room. While there were one or two eyebrow raising scenes in my eyes (but not in my husband's), we were not offended or concerned about this movie at all. If you see the lemur as cross-dressing, as one reviewer stated, then you are projecting your own view onto it. Comedians for decades have donned women's apparel for a laugh, and it hasn't gone out of style. Lighten up.
Highly recommend this movie. We loved the first one and loved this sequel even more. The day after seeing the sequel, we watched our Madagascar original DVD again and definitely felt that the laughs in the second one exceeded the first, but who cares, really? They are fun, escapist movies where you can go with your kids and forget about the yucky economy and other problems and just laugh yourself silly. Enjoy!