The third edition of this franchise’s animated films will depict the four characters of Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Gloria the hippo, and Melman the giraffe. Crazy enough, the foursome end up in Europe on their way back to the tiny island off the coast of southeast Africa. In order to make it through Europe unnoticed the group becomes part of a traveling circus act. The trailer features Marty’s “circus afro”, Melman’s attempt at a high-wire act, and lady bears riding tiny tricycles abound. It appears that the settings within the film are portrayals of Monte Carlo, Rome, and the Swiss Alps.
Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith and Sacha Baron Cohen are all back again. The first two Madagascar films earned more than $1.1 billion. DreamWorks Animation and Paramount hope the Noah Baumbach-scripted movie will help add on to the already successful franchise.