Here’s an animated movie quiz: What do you get when you combine 45 minutes of The Lion King, 10 minutes of flashbacks from Madagascar 1, a splash of Finding Nemo, a hint of Lady and the Tramp and a dash of The Jungle Book?
Do I even have to say it? Actually it makes for a pretty darn entertaining sequel. The four loveable characters (voiced by Ben Stiller, David Schwimmer, Chris Rock and Jada Pinkett-Smith) make it as far west as the African mainland only to encounter herds of their own kind. Included in the group is Alex the Lion’s (Stiller) birth family, complete with a power-hungry rival. Meanwhile, Melman (Schwimmer) continues to pine for Gloria (Smith), and Alex and Marty (Rock) work through some trust issues. Yes, it’s derivative, but you know what? It’s also charming and funny and very entertaining. Heck, if you’re going to lift plotlines and story themes, steal good ones. It's a 7.