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The plotting penguins confide in Marty the Zebra (Chris Rock) about their plans to break out of the zoo in DreamWorks Animation's computer-animated comedy MADAGASCAR.

Be careful what you wish for, you may just get it. The new film “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” offers wisdom that has been around awhile.

All the animals are back in this film. The penguins have fixed the airplane from the second film and are traveling to Monte Carlo to gamble away their fortune. They tell all the others they will return but have no plans for that. Alex (Ben Stiller) is counting the days until they return while his friends Marty (Chris Rock), Melman (David Schwimmer) and Gloria (Jada Pinkett Smith) are building a model New York City for Alex to roam through.

They are all in Africa but they realize that they had a good life back at the zoo and want to return. In order to do that they must find the penguins so they can fly back. They travel to Monte Carlo and in the process of finding the penguins they attract the attention of Capt. Chantel Dubois (Frances McDormand). She has never failed in her many years as an animal control officer.

The penguins and the others end up crashing the plane and must stow away on a circus train. They falsely claim to be circus animals in order to gain access to the train, but then they must prove they can be circus animals. Then there is the question of whether they actually want to go back to the zoo.

Since this is the third installment of the Madagascar franchise, it is nice to see there is some originality in this film. The circus angle was a nice one to take since they were in Europe. The story in this film is pretty simple but it does have a good moral in the end.

Some of the new characters in this film are quite intriguing. Capt. Dubois is funny as she chases down the animals by getting down on all fours and finding their scent. Plus, she is pretty good with a dart gun. Martin Short is very sweet as Stefano, an Italian sea lion of average or a little above average intelligence.

The main characters in this franchise seemed a little stale in this film, at least at the beginning. By the end, though, you do find the animals are opening up and realizing their own potential.

Of course this film does include the ever present penguins of Madagascar, who now have their own TV show. These guys would be the stars of the movie if there was more time spent with them. They are the big reason the Madagascar franchise is funny. There should have been more screen time for the penguins in this film.

Of course more penguins means more mischief as they have their own way of doing things. Much of that includes the action that gives this film its PG rating. There is some cartoon violence and some rude humor but nothing in the way of objectionable language.

DreamWorks Animation does a fantastic job on all of its films, and this one is no different. It makes the colors pop even though it is in 3-D. Wearing the glasses makes the screen appear darker.

As you may have guessed from the trailer, your kids will be thrilled to see the movie. You will probably also enjoy this film. It is fun, and there are only a couple places when it seems to play to just the children in the audience.

All in all, this will be a good movie for families to go to together. Just be careful, your kids will probably be singing “Afro Circus” all the way home.

Shawn O'Neill is the Family Man Movie Reviewer on BYU Radio. His reviews can be heard on BYURadio.org and on SiriusXM Channel 143.