Madagascar: A Little Wild

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Lively, movie-inspired series has lots of positive messages.

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 3 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Themes include being yourself, friendship, not giving up, and pursuing your dreams. 

Positive Role Models

The animals are friends, and often work together, but Dave and Pickle aren’t always the most generous among the animals. Kate the zoo keeper is a Black woman, and secondary characters are from all works of life. The monkeys use ASL to communicate; only one is verbal. 

Violence & Scariness

The young animals sometimes disagree, and sometimes push or have mild scuffles, but it’s not violent in nature. Ant’eny flies through the air and occasionally crashes into things, but never seems to get hurt. 

Sexy Stuff

The series is a spin-off of the Dreamworks' Madagascar franchise. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Madagascar: A Little Wild is a spin-off of the Madagascar movie series. It centers on the now-famous residents of New York’s Central Park Zoo when they were young. It's appropriate for younger viewers thanks to its kid-like characters (think Muppet Babies) and positive, easy-to-understand messages about self-confidence, pursuing goals, and friendship. Expect mild disagreements, a few animal scuffles, and crashes, none of which lead to injury. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bysnes64dsi April 14, 2021

A must watch for all ages!

Beautiful animation! Plus, the main quartet look cute as youngsters! (Can we get them in plushy form?) Great morals as well for its target demographic. Even old... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byepicBurpBoygamer March 29, 2021

Hugely disappointing for fans of the Madagascar universe

This show is very childish and screws over the continuity of the Madagascar universe. It shouldn't have even been made if you ask me.
The animals freely mo... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old November 30, 2020

What's the story?

MADAGASCAR: A LITTLE WILD, an offshoot of the popular Madagascar franchise, is an animated series about the now-famous residents of New York’s Central Park Zoo when they were young. Alex (Tucker Chandler) is a lion cub who likes hanging out with his best mammal Marty (Amir O’Neil) in the zoo’s rescue habitat. Also joining them is Melman (Luke Lowe) a giraffe who loves cleanliness, and Gloria (Shalylin Becton) a hippo who loves to dance. When their not under the watchful eyes of Kate (Jasmine Gatewood), their keeper, they like venturing out into the city with the help of Dave and Pickle (Candace Kozak), two monkeys who use American Sign Language to communicate. Also helping them during their adventures is the talkative pigeon Ant’eny (Eric Peterson) and Sergeant Hoof (D’avine Joy Randolph), a ranger horse.

Is it any good?

This colorful and lively series features younger and more innocent characters made popular by Dreamworks' Madagascar. Despite their youth, the original crew of animals feel familiar, even if they aren’t voiced by the same actors. But the introduction of the cheeky signing monkeys, who control the exit points to the habitat, makes for a fun and interesting twist. And of course, much of the excitement comes from the gang’s attempt move inconspicuously throughout the city, despite the fact that they're zoo animals on the loose in Manhattan. 

Like its parent movies, Madagascar: A Little Wild focuses on friendship as well as adventure. There’s also some quick banter and dry humor. But they replace the crude humor and innuendo present in the movies with consistent, positive messages about being yourself, not giving up, and being willing to pursue your dreams. The upbeat musical numbers are fun, too. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about some of the positive messages Madagascar: A Little Wild contains. Why is it important to be ourselves? What about having a special dream or goal?  What if people think that your dreams are silly or unachievable?

  • How do the younger versions of Alex, Marty, Melman, and Gloria compare to their older selves? Do they behave the way you imagined them to behave? 

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