How come in the third film, Sonya can't talk when literally every other animal in the Madagascar franchise can? Does she choose not to, or does she have something that prevents her from being able to talk? It can't be a bear thing, as in the Penguins' Christmas special, Ted the Polar Bear can talk. Granted, it makes her relationship with King Julien funnier, but it just feels so jarring...
How did Captain Chantel break through walls?
Because it's freaking Capitaine Chantel DuBois.
How did the animals get from Africa to Monte Carlo in Europe without being trapped by people or something?
How did they reach Monte Carlo in the first place.
The penguins and chimps by airplane, the Zooers and lemurs swimming.
How come it takes Alex days to figure out he's going to be a danger to his friends, where the heck does he think meat comes from, magically out of the sky?
From a Silver platter, every day, in copious amounts.
Exactly. Early in the movie, Alex calls steak "Food...Things" and specifically states that they can't be found in the wild. As a zoo animal, he's never seen steak produced and thus has no idea that he's been eating other animals his whole life. After all, steak doesn't exactly look like his friends.
It is only later that he makes the connection between meat and other animals, as shown by his steak-o-vision.
How do the penguins manage to tunnel through what is presumably solid concrete to escape their enclosure?
They're that badass.
Incredibly strong sporks.
How on earth do they build those things with no access to tools?
First off, Bamboo Technology applies a lot here. Also they gain access to Kowalski - he can build anything they WANT.
By the third movie, they're acquiring large quantities of dynamite. And quite apart from the plane, 'just' built from salvaged parts and monkeys, Kowalski builds that nuclear drive for the car.
Again, that's classified.
Why hasn't Maurice deposed Julien?
Despite how insane Julien is, the lemur people clearly listen to him, partly because he's such a party animal. Maurice obviously knows it's better to be a sane right-hand-lemur than a totally ignored ruler. Also, he's only very slightly more sane than Julien - he often joins in with Julien's insanity and agrees with him an awful lot.
Maurice can't rule the matriarchal lemurs because he's a guy. Wild Mass Guessing has pegged Julien as Transsexual; he's just still taking advantage of the perks of being born with a uterus.
Well, while Julien is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold and a Cloud Cuckoo Lander, he's not a terrible leader... just a pretty incompetent one. He does care for the concern about his subjects and you can tell in the first film that he is worried about the Fossa eating them. His reaction about the Fossa isn't so much as one of indifference but rather a "There's nothing we can do, so we may as well live each day like it's our last" mentality. Maurice is sort of his Morality Chain and Only Sane Man partner to keep him in check and to help him rule the lemurs more efficiently.
He doesn't seem to WANT to be in charge. Besides, he's not THAT much better than Julien. He notices that Alex has huge teeth, but that's the range of his sanity. In the second he even comments "I'm sure this whole democracy thing is a fad" and helps Julien chew. He backs him up on a lot of things. Besides, from the behaviour of the Lemur community, it's more important on how well you can party than if you're a smarty. It's not until the Penguins TV series (not canon with the movies) that he shows any problems with Julien, which cranked everything in everybody's personality Up to Eleven. Not all Royal Advisers are evil!
Does anyone actually have a link to the creator's claim that Mort is thirty-five? I've seen it mentioned, but can't find the source.
Maybe he's just 35 in Lemur years.
It's in the commentary, the original joke was the other Lemurs didn't like him because he was so annoyingly cute but was actually in his mid 30's.
Where did Julien's "throw someone into the volcano as a sacrifice" plan come from? He had nothing to gain from it and he didn't even believe it'd really work (when someone asks whether it'd work, he casually answers "no" before correcting himself) so... why?
I guess, he is just such an Attention Whore. He needs no other benefit apart being constantly in the limelight. He just remembered one possible way to gain the water and used it to attract everyone's attention. Those little things, like whether this plan would work, or that someone has to sacrifice himself, are out of Julien's concern.
Also note that he never forced anyone to be sacrificed. He asked for volunteers. And got one, too.
Alex is ten? The average life span of a Lion is 15 in the wild, up to 30 in captivity, but typically 16 years. Why are his parents alive and looking young?
Looking young? His dad looks fairly old to me.
They don't look old enough.
Human-style cartoon animal aging (That needs to be a trope, if it's not one already). Cartoon animals age the same way humans do and live the same lifespan. Go figure.
Also, Marty is the one that is claimed to be ten, Alex's age is never mentioned.
Why ship the penguins to Africa on the same ship as the others? That's not their natural habitat. They likely wouldn't even survive there, with the heat and the lack of water/fish.
Maybe they were going to drop African animals at Africa and then to go to Antarctica.
Maybe just a big mess-up...
The penguins probably assaulted and hid whatever animal was supposed to go in the crate and took it's place, assuming that somewhere down the line they would be able to make a break for Antarctica.
They might be Galapagos Penguins if you think about it. They turned tail after five minutes on Antartica and seem perfectly comfortable in both New York and Madagascar.
Is it me or are the Fossa less like Fossa, and more like weird Lionesses?
Look them up on That Other Wiki. Yes, they do look kinda like lionesses. That's because they're distantly related to cats.
Did the writers of the sequel even see the first movie? The intro of the sequel with them at the zoo made no real connection for the "Marty's depressed on his birthday" reason for going to Connecticut.
It seemed to be just a Call Back working under Rule of Funny. But hey maybe he always wanted to go to Connecticut and his birthday gave him an excuse to talk about it again.
Truth in Television on this one. In Africa during droughts, predator and prey will often be seen coexisting peacefully around the only available water source in the area. Dehydration will kill before starvation, so the water is the priority, not getting food.
Did Alex/Alakay always have that birthmark in the shape of Africa on his right fore paw?
No, he didn't have the birthmark in the first movie. They just invented that detail for Escape 2 Africa.
I have one that just occurred to me after watching it again yesterday. How exactly did Marty make fire?
Isn't he stated as having used wildfire?
Yeah, but it seems like Alex just made it up (0r was being metaphorical) so that his emergency beacon wasn't lit witht he help of a guy who didn't want to leave. Poor excuse, but,
I don't get it why circus animals threw such a fit when they discovered that Alex&Co were, in fact, from a zoo. Okay, they did lie to get onto your train. And they did pull stunts that could've led to serious injury. But hey, you know, you've just made a performance that blew your audience's mind away like a typhoon, and these zoo animals, while untrained, helped to make this exact performance, and worked just as hard as everyone else. But once the cat is out of the bag, they're suddenly treated like dirty dirty traitors. Why. Is. That.
I had the same issue until I thought about Military families. In some places you bond over those shared experiences, sometimes even around the world there's at least something connecting you. If the Circus animals see it in a similar way then the Zoo Crew lying is a huge insult. At least at first.
Doesn't seem like that hard of a stretch as far as lying though, couldn't they have lived in a zoo before joining the circus?
There's always an overreaction like that in movies, there's always that everything's pink but you lied to us or something even if minor and we can't forgive you until near the end the movie.
Keep in mind the circus animals felt not only lied to, but used as well. They have to wonder if they were anything more than the Zoosters' ticket home.
To be fair to the circus animals, they didn't actually "throw a fit", they merely felt hurt, betrayed, and used. Which makes sense after having been lied to and put in danger for the sole reason, it seemed to them, of getting the Zoosters back home. Stefano's line about his tears being real but they are not, and not even knowing if Alex was his real name, simply underscores that after having been lied to as they were, they didn't know if they could believe or trust anything the Zoosters told them. Yes, they made an amazing show, but they also put them in great danger to do it. It worked out fine in the end, but it just as easily could have literally blown up in their faces, because the Zoosters (from their POV) didn't know what they were doing and were willing to take any risk as long as it got them back home. That was irresponsible as well as deceptive. Anyway, Third-Act Misunderstanding aside, it was cleared up very quickly since the minute they learned the Zoosters were in danger, they went to their aid—which suggests that once the hurt of being lied to passed, they remembered the bonds they formed and the amazing show they created and decided yes, that mattered more than who the Zoosters really were.
In real life, Circus and Carnival groups tend to be very tight knit and distrustful of outsiders. They extend their trust to others in the same line of work as there's a feeling of camaraderie for those who know what it's like, but they aren't fans of those who lie to try and get their way into it.
Why exactly did Julien decide to go to the zoo with the Zoosters at first when the Zoosters were disowned by the circus, and why didn't Maurice and Mort accompany him?
Julien wanted to be "king of New York", hence his fight with Sonya. He probably stormed off afterwards without collecting his followers.
How on earth did the penguins and monkeys get a plane that fast after their van fell over the building?
The plane was waiting for them. That's why they were driving all over Monaco, to get to it.
How'd the other animals bake a cake for Alex in Africa?
Rule of Funny. How did the fossa obtain salt and pepper shakers?
Isn't it illegal to have animals in a circus in the UK?
They weren't in the UK. They went through mainland Europe.
Except the successful show with "Firework" was in London...
Was Gloria literally going to "sign up" for a breeding program? Could Marty really operate an iPod? Just how human were the animals by the second movie?
Were the chimpanzees invisible from the capture at Grand Central Terminal to after the plane crash?
Were the other zebras really striped differently from Marty?
Yes. IT's pretty subtle; you can tell Marty has thicker stripes than the other Zebra (specifically on his mane)