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Tear Jerker / Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

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  • The entire opening. As a cub, Alex is captured by poachers and his father, Zuba, desperately tries to save him only to get shot in the ear (much to his sons horror), then the crate Alex is trapped in gets knocked into a river, and he desperately cries for his father. Zuba still believes that the poachers still have Alex.
    • Worse, the scene with baby Alex crying out for his daddy while floating in a crate out at sea, itself a Call-Forward to the first film.
  • Alex fighting with Marty, culminating with a call back to the first movie.
    Marty: Your one in a million friend hopes you enjoy your bigger than anyone else's problems, alone!
    Alex: Good! Leave! I don't need you to help solve my problems! You know what, you're a dime a dozen, I can't tell which one's Marty! Oh which one's Marty! Wait a minute, wait a minute, I don't care!
    Marty: Nice hat, ya show off!
    (Beat)
    Alex: (quietly) Marty... Don't go.
  • The whole Gloria/Melman subplot is full of this. Melman learns that he has come down with a terminal illness, and becomes too depressed to tell any of his friends. When Melman finally gathers enough courage to tell her how he feels, he finds her on a date with Moto Moto, who only loves Gloria for her large build. He indirectly reveals his feelings to her when he tells Moto Moto to treat Gloria properly, for his sake.
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    • Later when the watering hole dries up, King Julien manages to convince the animals of the reserve that a volcanic sacrifice to the water gods is needed to bring it back, and Melman offers himself, and tells Gloria that he's already dying when the other animals carry him off the volcano. The look on her face when she hears this is absolutely heartbreaking.
      Gloria: "This is crazy. I had to go halfway around the world to find out the perfect guy for me lived right next door."
  • On a meta-level, this was Bernie Mac's (Zuba) last film role, months after he passed away.
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