New Trailer: Madagascar – Escape 2 Africa

The third and presumably final trailer for Madagascar 2 has popped up and it gives a lot more insight than the previous two. I wasn’t a big fan of the first Madagascar (I actually thought it sucked), but this looks potentially better, and though it’ll undoubtedly be incredibly stupid, there may be a few decent laughs.

Co-directed by original helmers Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath and written by Etan Cohen (Tropic Thunder), the sequel, whose title can be read as Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa or Madagascar 2: Escape Africa, has the four New York Zoo animals from the first film attempting to return to their home on a plane piloted by penguins only to crash in continental Africa.

In typical DreamWorks Animation fashion, the film features the voice talents of many notable people including Ben Stiller (Tropic Thunder), Chris Rock (I Think I Love My Wife), Jada Pinkett Smith (The Women), David Schwimmer (Friends), Sacha Baron Cohen (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street), Cedric The Entertainer (Street Kings), Bernie Mac (Transformers), Will.i.am (the band Black Eyed Peas) and Andy Richter (Semi-Pro), and will premiere on November 6th in Hungary and Russia (???). Will you go see it?

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DreamWorks Animation to make new superhero flick, is kinda late to the party

DreamWorks Animation and Disney/Pixar are usually pretty close when it comes to similar concepts, with AntZ/A Bug’s Life, Shrek/Monsters, Inc., Shark Tale/Finding Nemo,… But DreamWorks is running late this time as their animated superhero film Master Mind will come out six years later than Disney’s The Incredibles, which came out in 2004.

Master Mind is to be directed by former Disney man Gary Trousdale (Atlantis: The Lost Empire), and while the voice cast hasn’t been set, Robert Downey Jr. (Tropic Thunder) and Tina Fey (NBC’s 30 Rock) are in negotiations. It will be a satirical take on superhero films (how trendy!) and will feature a supervillain losing his pizzaz after killing his enemy (aka the superhero).

DreamWorks Animation are known to play up the easy laughs as opposed to the heart and long-lasting appeal the Disney/Pixar movies have, so don’t expect this to be nearly as good as The Incredibles. That said, you can look out for Master Mind in the winter of 2010.

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