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Merry Madagascar

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Funny holiday special spreads goodwill and joy.

Movie NR 2009 30 minutes
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My children love Madagascar, especially my 2 year old...so we went and bought the Merry Madagascar DVD...it has positive messages about sharing and considering other people's feelings. I see nothing wrong with letting children of all ages watch this movie.

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Fans of Madagascar and Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa will find this holiday-themed follow-up a worthy addition to the popular series. The special is packed with the same character-based comedy that fans love, complete with a fresh target for the maniacal South Pole penguins: a “polar” rivalry with Santa’s North Pole reindeer. Kids and adults will both enjoy the special's cheerful chuckles punctuated by the quirky animals at the heart of the cast.

Happily, though, there’s a real attempt here to mix feel-good messages about generosity, caring, and compassion with the silly stuff. Viewers will empathize as Alex and his friends face a relatable dilemma in choosing between finally going home and saving Christmas, and parents can draw comparisons between the animals’ predicament and real-life scenarios their kids might be facing, reminding kids that there's real joy to be found in putting others’ needs ahead of our own.

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