Friday, November 09, 2012


I’m not a big fan of the ‘Madagascar’ series of animation films, the third of which, ‘Europe’s Most Wanted’, was released recently. I was at a friend’s place and had to sit through the film twice; and suddenly I realised, I really like the character King Julian XIII, the Lemur. the megalomaniac, conceited and perhaps stupid self-proclaimed king of the lemurs, especially as he was voiced by Sacha Baron Cohen (yes, the same guy from ‘Borat’ and this year’s ‘The Dictator’ and Hugo’s nemesis!), and especially when he sings ‘I live to move it, move it!” What fun! The only time I really laughed during ‘Europe’s Most Wanted’ is when he falls in love with Sonya the bear and goes ga-ga over his lady love’s fur, and buys her a Ducati when her toy cycle breaks. Hilarious.
This is King Julian from ‘Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa’.

Madagascar is a 2005 American computer-animated comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation, and released on May 27, 2005. The film tells the story of four Central Park Zoo animals who have spent their lives in blissful captivity and are unexpectedly shipped back to Africa, getting shipwrecked on the island of Madagascar. The voices of Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith, Chris Rock, and David Schwimmer are featured. Other voices include Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer, and Andy Richter. Madagascar was released on DVD on November 15, 2005, along with the short film, The Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper. A Blu-ray Disc version was released on September 23, 2008. A sequel, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, was released on November 7, 2008. The third film in the series, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, was released on June 8, 2012.
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"I Like to Move It" is the title of a song by American house duo Reel 2 Real (Erick Morillo), featuring ragga vocals by Trinidad and Tobago rapper The Mad Stuntman (Mark Quashie). The song appeared on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1994, peaking at number 89, reached number 5 on the UK Singles Chart, was a number one hit in the Netherlands and was a number 8 hit on the U.S. Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. Since then, the song has become popular as the theme song of the Dreamworks Animation film series, Madagascar.
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Sacha Noam Baron Cohen (born 13 October 1971) is an English stand-up comedian, writer, actor, and voice actor. A graduate of Cambridge University, Baron Cohen is most widely known for writing and playing four unorthodox fictional characters: Ali G, Borat, Brüno, and Admiral General Aladeen. In most of his routines, Baron Cohen's characters interact with unsuspecting people who do not realise they are being set up for comic situations and self-revealing ridicule.
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