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Madagascar: A Little Wild Holiday Goose Chase

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Holiday special about helping strangers has light lessons.

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Madagascar: a Little Wild: Holiday Goose Chase is pretty formulaic -- it's got a couple of short musical numbers, some holiday cheer, and pretty predictable holiday messages emphasizing togetherness. But there are a few details that lend it more spark. First, it feels true to New York City in a way that some other kids' shows don't (Tom and Jerry in New York, I'm talking to you). The main characters are Manhattan locals who do very New Yorker things, like try to get to the dumpling shop before everything's sold out. There are parades to contend with, and tourists who might be lost.

Secondly, just when you think that the characters in this show are satisfied with the good deed they've done in the name of Santa, they go a little bit farther to help someone a little bit more. Families who celebrate Hanukkah may feel acknowledged here too, as there are some menorahs glimmering in the winter scenery. Fans of the Madagascar franchise will enjoy this one more than newbies -- kids more than adults -- but there are a couple of winks to adults that might make it worth the family time spent together in front of this one.

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