Monday, July 18, 2005

Madagascar

We went to the cinema in Nice yesterday to see Madagascar - there was a wee bit of pockling of the vote since it seemed that everyone wanted to see War of the Worlds - but somehow Taran had the casting vote and he went for Madagascar.
Actually the film was pretty good- much better than expected and it was even educational. I hadn't realised that lemurs were found in such huge numbers there and that they had a predator called a foosa.

I had wondered whether the foosa was a made up animal but it turns out to be true. Its a bizarre cat-dog-hyena like animal but is a member of the mongoose family. It even eats wild pigs and snakes along with the lemurs so quite and interesting creature. I don't see any pictures of the foosa on google but from the description it sounds like the animators had found something to draw from.
Just discovered that foosa is more frequently spelled fossa - so there are a lot more articles on the animal with this spelling

One detail that apparently wasn't right, is that in lemur society the females are the troop leaders- however the king lemeur was pretty funny in the movie.
The psychotic penguins were teriific and i imagine they might well star in a spin-off movie
It sounds as if the animators are definitly considering another movie.

We wandered around after the film since it was such a lovely night and decided to have dinner at a restaurant in Nice.
It was a lovely meal - even with my restricted diet -so i didn't even mind when everyone had home made and delicious desserts

8 comments:

Helen said...

Checked out your links! Wow, are you talented!
Peace...........

-ms jumbled mind- said...

the psychotic penguins were awesome. lol. but the whole movie on the overall was rather flat. but definitely good message about friends and sticking together and all that :)

Sandy said...

I wanted to watch the show too. But our movies are not showing it anymore.

Sparkling said...

So this is, or isn't a childrens movie?

Alison Ashwell said...

I'd say it was suitable for everyone but probably folk without kids wouldn't be very interested unless they are animation fans.

HyperAxe said...

Cool movie.. my little angel enjoyed it so much.. I really liked the penguins' humor in the film.. :o)

crappola123 said...

I went to see War of the Worlds, and at the ripe old age of 32 it scared me silly. My wife was laughing at me because I nearly hurt her hand...

Ian T. said...

I enjoyed your review of Madagascar having just written one myself (right after seeing it). Yep, the fossa (or fosa) is a real animal and quite unique - a bit like a civet that's turning into a puma!