- Doing It for the Art: One joke required a million leaves to be created for it. One joke.
- Dueling Movies: One of the most notorious examples. The Disney-released The Wild had been in production for a few years already, but as was usually the case with their early films, DreamWorks caught wind of it and set out to (successfully) beat them to the punch. Madagascar became a hit and The Wild, finally released a year later, was immediately written off as a ripoff by those not in the know and just as quickly fell into obscurity.
- Fake Nationality: Various characters, especially in the third movie, are played by Americans putting on accents (some of them bordering on What the Hell Is That Accent?).
- The Other Darrin: Danny Jacobs, who voices King Julien in the cartoons, is Sacha Baron Cohen's official understudy, replacing him in side materials that otherwise feature the main voice cast, such as all the holiday specials and the Madagascar 3 Soundtrack
- Permanent Placeholder: Animator Tom McGrath did what was supposed to be a temporary voice track for Skipper. Robert Stack was originally cast in the role, but after his death, Eric Darnell decided to keep Tom's voice in because he liked it.
- The Red Stapler: This film helped bring the seldom seen species from the island of Madagascar to public attention. A few years after the first film came out The Bronx Zoo in New York City opened the free Madagascar! exhibit where Lemurs and Fossa can be seen.
- Throw It In!: Originally only an instrumental version of "I Like to Move It" was to be used at the lemurs' party; Cohen then made up his own lyrics to the Reel 2 Reel song. The rest is history.
- King Julien was originally just a cameo, with just three lines, but was expanded to a full character when everyone found Cohen's ad-libs and ridiculous accent too funny to cut out.
- Director (and voice of Skipper) Tom McGrath ad-libbed the line "We killed them and ate their livers." Only afterward did he decide he wanted the line to actually go in the film; the producers told him he could only do it if it was clear Skipper was joking.
- What Could Have Been:
- In 1998, DreamWorks had a film idea called "Rockumentary", which featured a Beatles-esque penguin rock band. The idea was scrapped, but after production on Madagascar started, the directors decided to revive the penguins, but make them a commando unit instead of a rock band.
- According to the book The Art of Madagascar 2, Maurice was originally going to be the leader of the lemurs. It would've been his idea to have Alex help them with the foosa, and Julien would've been a minor character questioning Maurice's plan.
- Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani and Madonna were originally considered to voice Gloria.
- Melman was originally supposed to be an okapi, but this was dropped in favor of a more familiar animal, the giraffe.
- The Melman/Gloria pairing was originally going to be in the first film. Eventually, it was decided to leave it until the sequel, after the audience had gotten to know their characters.
- Also, at one point, Gloria was to be pregnant due to being part of a breeding program (hence why her model has such a huge stomach). She was to give birth at the end of the first film, resulting in a gag where the penguins were swept away by her water breaking, and Melman would become the baby hippo's adopted father. This was dropped for being too mature.
- The Wiki Rule: Madagascar Wiki.
- The voice actors for Alex, Melman, and Julien (Ben Stiller, David Schwimmer and Sacha Baron Cohen) are all Jewish, and secondary character Kowalski (Chris Miller) gives off a few Jewish vibes even in the first movie. In 1940, Adolf Eichemann (an SS official) unveiled a plan to deport all Jews to Madagascar.
Trivia / Madagascar