Back to the first part of the hilarious animated trilogy signed Dreamworks and all the easter eggs that are hidden inside.
A reference to the Planet of the Apesa message hidden in a line of code, a tribute to Zoolander and a swear word almost impossible to notice… Back to Madagascara hilarious animated feature film produced by Dreamworks studios in 2005, and all the little details you shouldn’t miss while watching the film.
The pose that Alex the Lion takes at the beginning of Madagascarwhen he gives his daily performance at the Central Park Zoo, is a reference to fashion model Derek Zoolanderembodied by Ben Stiller At the movie theater. Rather logical, given that he is also the one who lends his voice to Alex.
At the beginning of the film, when Alex tries to contact the missing animal service by dialing 911 on a telephone booth, we can notice the presence of a small advertisement for rooms for rent on the side of the device. A paper which is also signed Tom and Eric, in reference to the two directors of Madagascar, Tom McGrath and Eric Darnell.
Right after his escape from the zoo, the sequence in which Marty the Zebra walks down the street to the sound of the famous Bee Gees song is a direct reference to the opening scene of Saturday night feverwhere John Travolta walked down a New York avenue in exactly the same way.
“What a piece of work is penguin”
Provided you have a very good sense of observation and know exactly where to look, you may be able to notice this little sentence written among the lines of code that appear on the screen, when the Penguins try to hack the boat. In French, it could be translated as: “The penguins are sacred numbers.”
Shrek and Fiona
After spending an entire night calling his friends on the beach in Madagascar, Alex is confused. Exhausted from shouting the names of Melman, Marty and Gloria, he then suddenly begins to pronounce those of Shrek, Fiona and the Good Fairy Godmother. This is an obvious nod to the adventures of the famous green ogre, who is also part of the big Dreamworks family.
Chariots of Fire
Considered one of the most famous songs on the big screen, the music that can be heard when Alex and Marty meet and run towards each other on the beach is that of the Chariots of Fire. A legendary theme, composed by the great Vangeliswho passed away recently.
“Oh honey, sugar and gumball!”
In the same sequence, when Marty realizes that Alex does not intend to hug him but rather give him a soap, he utters these few very surprising words. However, by taking only the first letter of each word in its original version, “Sugar Honey Ice Tea”, we understand a little better the state of mind of the zebra. We let you try for yourself.
This volleyball decorated with a trace of a paw – which Alex seems to consider his companion in misfortune – is obviously a reference to Wilson, the imaginary friend of Tom Hanks in Alone in the world of Robert Zemeckis.
“You sick bastard! You burned her alive!”
Alex the Lion isn’t the first to howl desperate invectives, kneeling on a beach, facing a crumbling Statue of Liberty. Indeed, in the first part of The Planet of the Apesrealized by Franklin J. Schaffner in 1968 it was Charlton Hestonaka Taylor, who acted similarly, following the film’s unforgettable final twist.
“To serve Lemur”
In the middle of the film, as a wind of panic blows through the tribe of lemurs, one of them holds up a book called “To serve Lemur”, and declares that it is in fact a manual. of the kitchen !
A little more pointed than the others, this wink refers to a specific episode of the famous series The Twilight Zone. There was indeed question of an extraterrestrial invasion and a strange work transported by the aliens, entitled “To serve humanity”. A title which, unfortunately, was to be taken in its most literal sense. It was thus a question of serving humans “to eat”, and not of obeying their orders.
When Alex tries by all means to leave Madagascar to return to New York, the distress message he has constructed with coconut tree trunks ends up collapsing, thus going from a call for help “HELP” to a real hell “HELL”.
This dreamlike scene in which Alex the Lion dreams of pieces of meat is a reference to the famous feature film by Sam Mendes, from which it also borrows its soundtrack. Only small significant detail: the rose petals that we could see falling from the sky in the original sequence have here been replaced by… huge steaks.
The wild life
When Alex, again subject to his predatory instincts, tries to bite his friend Marty in slow motion, the music that can be heard is none other than the theme of the famous National Geographic channel.
Another reference to a cinema classic! Towards the end of the film, when Alex finds himself clinging to a cactus and carried by the river until he falls from a waterfall, it is a nod to the famous film by Roland Joffein which a missionary suffered a somewhat similar fate.