Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter Source:
Eric Darnell & Noah Baumbach
Eric Darnell &Tom McGrath
Jada Pinkett Smith,
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!
Content Description: Sex: A male character is thrashed about by a female circus bear and then says, "No means no; it's stated a tiger's wife ran off with someone else. Language: Suck-1; the word "Bolshevik" is said in such a way as to sound almost like BS; The word "Stupid" is written on an officer's mirror; Poopey-1 Violence: A character places a walker on the foot of a lion but we learn it is in a dream; lion bumps head; a monkey throws a TV set out of a hotel room and several animals are trashing the room; animal heads are seen on plaques and a woman makes it her goal to add a lion head to the collection; several characters crash into walls; several animals and humans including officers are hit with tranquilizer darts; objects hit woman in head as she rides bike; a woman's rope is cut and she lands in a pool; a tiger twirls a knife; a bear eats a fish and the fish head remains; a few characters fall in slapstick ways; a bear on a motorcycle barely makes it across the track and a train arrives; bad woman shoots out lights in hospital room; a few characters are catapulted into a mountain but survive; a snake is punched; elephant sits on boy who is okay; animal catches on fire but is allright. Drugs: Drinks are seen carried on a tray; pharmaceuticals are mentioned; a chimp and a circus promoter smoke bananas as if they are cigars; champagne is seen. Nudity: A comment is made about some performers who performed nude. Other: A casino is one of the settings and gambling is mentioned; a character spits out cake; a few characters are not truthful about their past but they later apologize and are forgiven.