“Merry Madagascar”
a review by Darby O’Gill

DreamWorks Animation released their second holiday special this year, the only problem is they may have jumped the shark a little this time. Now, I’m not a big fan of the Madagascar movies. Truth be told, I only saw the first one and hated it. But, I did try to watch this special with an open mind. My biggest problem with Merry Madagascar is that they aired it a week before Thanksgiving, and not a week before Christmas! I know that everyone is always saying Christmas is starting earlier and earlier each year, but come on! Look, I don’t want see a story about Santa before I even get to eat some turkey. NBC really dropped the ball on this one. I guess I spoke too soon when I praised the first special, Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space. Merry Madagascar reunites the original voice talent from the films, and has the gang filling in for Santa after he gets a case of amnesia. It’s a fun holiday special, but I wouldn’t call it a classic by any means. I’m glad DreamWorks Animation is keeping the holiday special tradition alive, but I just wish they would have aired this one a little closer to Christmas. With that and my dislike for the film series, I’m afraid I have to give this one a lower rating. But, overall it works for what it is. I’m just hoping for a Kung Fu Panda New Year special.


2.5 Little People