All 4 Madagascar Movies By Their Release Year

Animated movies are computer-generated franchise movies. And it covers all ages of audiences, is full of drama, story, and imagination, as well as shows many real places animatedly. When it comes to animated movie options, Madagascar movies are a good choice to watch.

Madagascar is an American franchise animated movie series in DreamWorks Animation production. The story begins in the Central Park Zoo in New York City where an animal lives happily with its family until something happens that changes everything.

So, without any delay. Let’s see all Madagascar movies in order based on release date:

Madagascar Movies

All Madagascar Film Series By Their Release Year

  1. Madagascar

    Directors: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath

    Writers: Mark Burton, Billy Frolick, Eric Darnell

    Stars: Chris Rock(voice), Ben Stiller(voice), David Schwimmer(voice)

    Genres: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family

     Madagascar (2005) on IMDb

    Madagascar Movies start with the Madagascar movie. Madagascar movie was released on May 27, 2005, and the directors were Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath who did a brilliant job making this movie. The budget for this movie is $75 million and the box office collection is $556.6 million.

    The story writers were Mark Burton, Eric Darnell, Billy Frolick, and Tom McGrath. When it comes to voice cover, those who did a good job are Ben Stiller, David Schwimmer, Chris Rock, Andy Richter, Jada Pinkett Smith, Cedric the Entertainer, and Sacha Bardon Cohen. The editor was H. Lee Peterson, and the music director was Hans Zimmer.

    The movie starts in Central Park Zoo, New York City, where all the animals live happily. They enjoy their lives except for Marty, who is a Zebra. On his 10th birthday, when all his friends come to cheer him up, he explains his wish to be taken to the jungle/forest. Marty doesn’t want to live in the zoo. Whereas his closest friends Alex/lion, Melman/giraffe, and Gloria/hippopotamus, refuse it. Marty decided to visit the jungle alone, so he headed to Grand Central Station. Alex knew about it and decided to track Marty down and get him back to the Zoo. And the journey begins. Zoo to Madagascar is an entertaining journey. All the animals live in the forest.

    Four penguins play prominent roles in this movie as well. All four penguins also want to go to Antarctica but they reach Madagascar after finding Antarctica inhospitable.

    King Julien XIII, the king of lemurs, decides to keep everyone safe from Alex as he is a lion, and naturally, a lion is wild and eats other animals. But they don’t know that Alex never hunts any animals.

    The climax of this animated movie shows how animals survive in the forest after being rescued. Alex, as a lion, shows his natural side to hunting and eating animals. In hunger, he even forgets his friend Marty, but at last, he refuses to eat Marty and scares away Fussa, saving everyone. Later, the penguins feed Alex sushi, and Alex is satisfied with it. In the end, they leave the island with penguins on sheep.

  2. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

    Directors: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath

    Writers: Etan Cohen, Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath

    Stars: Ben Stiller(voice), Chris Rock(voice), David Schwimmer(voice)

    Genres: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family

     Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008) on IMDb

    It was released on November 7, 2008, the second movie in the Madagascar series. The directors are Tom McGrath and Eric Darnell. The budget for this movie was $150 million and the box office collection was $603.9 million, which is pretty high. The voice-over cast includes Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jada Pinkett Smith, Cedric the Entertainer, Bernie Mac, William James Addams Jr., Tom McGarth, Alerc Mac, Elisa Baldwin, Andy Richer, Sherri Shepherd, Chris Miller, Conrad Vernon, Christopher Knights. The editor was Mark A. Hester, and the music directors were Hans Zimmer and William James Addams Jr.

    When the plane left Madagascar, the pilot was a penguin. Julien and Mort accompanied them as well as the chimpanzees. After their fuel runs out, they land in Africa. Alex finds his family and other family members find their colonies. Marty, who has always wanted to meet other zebras, finally gets to meet other zebras and Melman worries about his health and makes friends with other giraffes. Gloria attracts the male hippo Moto Moto and is quite popular.

    Alex Zuba’s father, who was the king, tried to make a fight between Alex and Makunga. However, Alex was defeated and Zuba surrendered his Alpha position to Makunga. Marty realizes that he is no longer special and he is like other zebras. Melman thinks that he is seriously ill and going to die. Gloria feels disappointed after knowing that Moto Moto only attracts her because of her size and she breaks up with him. In the end, Melman confesses his feelings to Gloria.

    Alex later discovered the reason for the water problem. And all of them solved the water problem together.

    After everyone has complained and argued, everyone must deal with the water problem. Alex and Marty go to the reserve to find out what’s causing the problem. On the other hand, King Julien suggests offering a sacrifice at the volcano to solve the water problem. Innocent Melman sacrifices his life to save everyone, but Gloria saves him. In the end, Alex discovers that a dam is the cause of the water shortage. Everyone gets on an airplane and destroys the dam. Later, Alex defeats Makunga and Zuba and Alex both become Alpha Lions.

    All the penguins set off on a honeymoon trip after the skipper marries a bobblehead doll of an airplane. So Alex, Marty, Gloria, and Melman decide to stay longer.

  3. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

    Directors: Eric DarnellTom McGrathConrad Vernon

    Writers: Eric Darnell, Noah Baumbach, Mark Burton

    Stars: Ben Stiller(voice), Jada Pinkett Smith(voice), Chris Rock(voice)

    Genres: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family

     Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012) on IMDb

    Madagascar 3 is a comedy movie about a circus, released on June 8, 2012. The movie’s directors were Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath, and Conrad Vernon. The budget for this animated movie was $145 million, and the box office collection was $746.9 million. The voice-over cast includes Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Tom McGrath, David Schwimmer, Cedric the Entertainer, Andy Richter, Bryan Cranston, Frances McDormand, Jessica Chastain, Martin Short, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Jada Pinkett Smith. The editor was Nick Fletcher, and the music director was Hans Zimmer.

    When penguins and chimpanzees travel to Monte Carlo but do not return Alex, Marty, Gloria, Melman, King Julien, and Mort all go to Monte Carlo to find them. So they all return to Central Park. But their plane crashes in France, and they meet circus train animals. And the movie’s main plot starts here when all members help the circus animals regain popularity. And Alex, Marty, Gloria, and Melman join the circus. This movie is an adventure and a comedy movie.

    Because Alex is already popular in the circus, he uses his talent to help the animals. And DuBois was in charge of finding all the zoo animals. Abd finally proves to Alex that he and all the others are zoo animals. After arguing, both circus and zoo animals were separated. But eventually, Alexa and others realized that they all belonged to the circus now. However, king Julien convinced the animals, and they rescued Alex and all the zoo members.

    Finally, they were all part of a circus.

  4. Penguins of Madagascar

    Directors: Eric Darnell, Simon J. Smith

    Writers: Michael Colton, John Aboud, Brandon Sawyer

    Stars: Tom McGrath(voice), Chris Miller(voice), Christopher Knights(voice)

    Genres: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

     Penguins of Madagascar (2014) on IMDb

    Penguins of Madagascar is a spy animated movie released on November 26, 2014. The directors are Simon J. Smith and Eric Darnell. The budget for this movie was $132 million, and the box office collection was $373.5 million. The voice-over cast includes Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Conrad Vernon, Christopher Knights, Ken Jeong, Peter Stormare, Benedict Cumberbatch, Annet Mahendru, and John Malkovich. The editor was Nick Kenway, and the music director was Lorne Balfe.

    Also Read: Ice Age Movies

    This is the story of four penguins who leave Circus Zaragoza to celebrate their tenth birthday. But the penguins are kidnapped and sent to the submarine, where they meet an octopus named Dave. A penguin attracted the audience, and Dave lost all popularity as a result, so he sought revenge, but the penguins escaped and were saved by North Wind. Both penguins and the North Wind team saved the other zoos from Dave in this movie.

    Since penguins are already extremely popular, the director made a special movie for them where we can see penguins acting as spies. In addition, they have a wolf as their leader, a polar bear as a weapon specialist, a harp seal with a short fuse, and a snowy owl as an intelligence officer. As a scientist, Dave uses many scientific serums to destroy penguins. North Wind finally shows how they fight with Dave in the battle between Dave and the penguins. After they apologize to Classified, they give jetpacks to the penguins, and they fly back to circus Zaragoza where all their friends live.

All Madagascar Movies According To Highest To Lowest IMDb Ranking

  • Madagascar – 6.9 with 404k
  • Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted – 6.8 with 182k
  • Penguins of Madagascar – 6.6 with 92k
  • Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa – 6.6 with 229k

All Madagascar Movies According To Box Office Collection

  • Madagascar – $556.6 million
  • Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa – $603.9 million
  • Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted – $746.9 million
  • Penguins of Madagascar – $373.5 million


Is Madagascar 4 coming out soon?

There were Madagascar 4: Jamaican Holiday movie plans, but for some reason, this movie was cancelled. And there are no updates on when this movie will be released. You can watch the poster on Google, but there is no teaser for Madagascar 4. They turned their interest in movies into an animated television series.


A series of Madagascar movies followed the success of Madagascar, an animated American franchise film. However, after the success of Madagascar 3, they turned to the penguins of Madagascar for Madagascar 4 and after that, they began airing animated series. Maybe in the future, Madagascar 4 will be released but there are no current updates.

If you want to watch all Madagascar Movies in Order then watch what is mentioned here.

Kierra Rowsey
Kierra Rowsey

Kierra Rowsey is a freelance TV, Film and anime critic for over 12 years, living in Arkansas with her husband and three kids. She graduated from NYU College of Arts & Science in 2008.

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