Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman are still trying to get back to the Big Apple and their beloved Central Park zoo, but first they need to find the penguins. They travel to Monte Carlo where they attract the attention of Animal Control after gate crashing a party and are joined by the penguins, King Julian and Co., the monkeys and a new arrival: a performing llama. How do a lion, zebra, hippo, giraffe, four penguins, two monkeys, three lemurs and a llama travel through Europe without attracting attention? They join a traveling circus.
This is one fun ride! Join the caravan as King Julian, the monkeys, penguins, zebra, giraffe, and other animals travel through Europe after joining a traveling circus. The action is fast-paced and the animals likable. In fact, one young girl laughed at the sea lion and said out loud, “I like him!”
There is a lot of violence, albeit fantasy violence involving animals, but several of the animals and humans too are hit with tranquilizer darts, have fist fights, and a lot more happens too. We see a van bumping into other vehicles, a knife thrower coming close to a few characters with knives and swords and various other objects, a few punches thrown, and such like. A couple of characters hang from a great height before making it to safety. The violence is mostly the slapstick and slip on a banana peel kind of humor.
The laughs will come often as you and your children watch this one together. Although it may possibly be a bit intense for very young children, the audience I screened this movie with was made up primarily of kids and everyone seemed fine with the on-screen action. In fact, “delighted” might be the better word. We are happy as a hyena to award our Dove Seal to this movie as a family-friendly film!