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'Madagascar 3' trailer: It's a circus! -- VIDEO

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This may seem like a bit of a digression, but when the first Madagascar came out in 2005, my sister happened to be living on the island nation off the southeast African coast. Suffice it to say, other than the presence of lemurs, the movie did not exactly have a great deal in common with its namesake. I know, I know. It’s a cartoon. It shouldn’t.

But that brings me to the new trailer for Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, which depicts our beloved lost foursome — Alex the lion (Ben Stiller), Marty the zebra (Chris Rock), Gloria the hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith), and Melman the giraffe (David Schwimmer) — on the lam in Europe as part of a traveling circus. Sight gags featuring Marty’s “circus afro,” Melman’s attempt a high-wire act, and lady bears riding tiny tricycles abound, set in comparatively accurate portrayals of Monte Carlo, Rome, and the Swiss Alps. So not to put too fine a point on it, but why is this franchise still called Madagascar?

I know, I know. It’s cartoon.

Check out the new trailer below: 

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