2 Children’s Animated Movies


The two movies I watched with my granddaughters, the “M & M girls”

are “Hoodwinked” and “Madagascar 3, Europe’s Most Wanted.” I would

say that either one of these animated movies could make you laugh until

you cried, you could easily hear not only yourself laugh, but other older

family members and if you have any little ones, they would crack up over

the way the animals are so crazy and animated so endearingly.

I am recommending you watch any of the “Madagascar” movies, but

must agree with a critic on the cover of the third edition, it may be the

“best” of the three! If you don’t know the cast members, let me fill you


“Alex” is a lion who takes his “king of the beasts” position seriously,

voiced by Ben Stiller.

“Marty” is a funny zebra, voiced by comedian Chris Rock. His antics are

marvelously matched by his words.

“Melman” is a gangly, awkward giraffe, aptly voiced by the old “Ross”

character, David Schwimmer. He gets laughs from his body language.

“Gloria” is a cool and very liberated female hippo, voiced by Jada

Pinkett Smith. She is very funny, too.

“Julien” is played by Sacha Baron Cohen. He is good at his character

role. He is King Julien, a lemur who is pompous!

“Capitan” or “Captain Dubois” is “played” by Frances Mc Dormand, as an

animal control fanatic, the main villainess.

“Gia” is a sweet panther voiced by Jessica Chastain. Alex falls hard for Gia.

I am going to give you a plot summary, the guys are in the wilds and

decide to invade, break into the casino at Monte Carlo. There is a reason;

but I missed it!

They buy a circus and participate in the different acts to hilarious results.

There are always penguins, who are very wise, who appear seemingly out

of nowhere,  who come into play and save the day at times.

I liked the fact they use a lot of popular music, including “Fireworks”

(Katy Perry) This is where Marley, Micah and Makyah all got up and danced

to this part. During this part, there was a flying trapeze act and a love affair

starting with animals on motorcycles act, too.

There are many smart and clever lines, here are two:

“These pillows are stuffed with baby birds!” (feathers are flying) and a very

concerned penguin says this line.

Another line delivered by a penguin, in a strange way the 2 animals bump

into each other, “What’s new, Pussycat?” to the lion.

Last two songs I noticed, good adult placement of a familiar rock and roll

song, “Any Way You Want It” (Journey) was fun to notice how they get the

viewers nodding and tapping our feet to the music. Funny, how I think of

this more “my” age than my kids’ age, who are the parents!

Good indoctrination of younger minds to the past music, too, right?

The use of “Born Free” while the zebra is flying vicariously through the air,

is also amusing! You know there is a foreboding possibility that he may not

make a great landing… I think that this definitely makes me appreciate the

age of the ones who create these films and direct the musical accompaniments!

“Hoodwinked” is a little more raucous, more off the wall than the 3 Madagascar

animated movies. The creative twist to the Little Red Riding Hood movie is a

little harder to describe. I am not as good at remembering dry and sarcastic

lines. I will tell you that this kept the kids’ attention just as well as the morning


Here is the cast:

Jim Belushi voices the Woodsman character.

Glenn Close voices the savvy Granny character.

Anne Hathaway voices the doe eyed “Red” who is also

known as Little Red Riding Hood!

There are two unusual animal characters, Squirrel and Frog.

Both are very witty! I did not catch their actor’s name who voiced them!

The wolf is a stitch and a half played by big, burly Patrick Warburton.

If you need to look him up he is also in comedy t.v. shows….

I would recommend this for its imaginative take and it would not be

boring to any adult. I may borrow it again from the library for my Mom.

Take it easy and hope you enjoyed the brief summaries! There are always

catches, switches and other adult humored things placed within animation

for children that keeps adults happy and chuckling all the way through them!


About reocochran

I am experiencing crazy and hapless adventures in dating that may interest people over fifty. I am now approaching 62 later this year and enjoy taking photographs, incorporating stories or poetry on my blog. I have many old posts which are informative and written like essays. I have several love stories collected from family and friends. Even strangers spill their stories, since I am a grown version of the girl next door. I have been trying to live a healthy lifestyle with better food selections and active hiking and walking. I have written four children's books and illustrated them. They are not published but a battered women's shelter used one about neglect and abuse for their children's program and a 4H group used my "Kissing a Bunny is like saying a Prayer" as a coloring book. Please comment or respond so I may get a chance to know you. Sincerely, Robin

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    • You are most welcome, Samina! I appreciate that you like funny movies, no matter what kind! I do too! It is fun to watch, even if you don’t have the kids around! I know my Mom would like this new one, she enjoys any animal movies, including animated ones!

  1. Ah! I remember Madagascar! I think the one I watched should be the first. My view: I laughed so hard until I was gasping for air with pain in my sides. What about Puss in Boots? Love the male cat that had Antonio Banderas’ voice and behaved like him!

    Watching TV with loved ones is wonderful thing and somewhat a blessing.

    • I think that the Puss in Boots movie is funny, along with where it came from, “Shrek” movies are funny, a little vulgar in a kid like way, where they are so amused with the different bodily functions! I remember when I first heard Antonio Banderas’ voice and thinking, “He is the perfect Puss in Boots!” Thank you for agreeing about Madagascar and now, making me chuckle at that silly cat, too!

  2. Disney’s animated movies are usually pretty good especially when they’re original stories the Madagascar series is exceptionally good (their disnefication of traditional stories is itself another story all together). The Japanese also turn out excellent animated films but you have to be careful seemingly innocent movies/shows can turn adult themed very quickly…

    • You are so right! The age level aimed is more for the people in “our age” bracket. I am lumping a lot of my readers in this. But I do know that there are those whose parents have exposed their children to our music and tastes. I liked the way each song made me remember my own times and then, focused on what the animals or characters were doing!

      • You probably have neighbors, nieces and nephews… No need to have children or grandchildren, really, don’t sigh! It makes me a little sad! I want us all to be cheered up and enjoying the fun!

      • Hey, a few years ago my daughter (college aged at the time) and I went to the Chipmunks movie. We were the only adults without little kids, and we had a blast ;)!

      • You know how I mentioned to you one time that your writersite doesn’t come up but just mlmmcastle@aol.com does? I wondered if there is a place on your gravatar page to be able to fix this? Does anyone else mention this to you? I feel bad because on Fridays, here at the library, I have to count on your weekly posts to be able to read your writings. Others probably “save” of have a history of your site. Just noting this again. Thanks for listening! Also, your comments are special! I think taking a college aged person to an animated movie makes total sense to be able to come out laughing and in a great mood, too!

  3. I see that your first mention of songs is from an old Tom Jones record, now why does that not surprise me and hey the guy is still pushing the boudaries of music even today, so a lot of life left in the man, though I doubt his panties collection has grown very much in recent years 😉 🙂 lmao

    It is good to be able to sit down and enjoy those childrens films, animation has moved on leaps and bounds over the past twenty years or so and now everyone can have fun watching them, mind you after saying that, I still like Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck so now you know? 😉 lol

    Have a great day today Robin and be good, well only if you want to be 🙂

    Andro xxxx

    • I enjoy the old cartoons like Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, too! I also liked the crazy period of stone age Flintstones and futuristic Jetsons! I do like a lot of British rock and roll, cannot mind Tom Jones, since he made his mark on music! I hope you also will have a fantastic weekend, try to stay out of trouble since the Full Harvest Moon is on Sat. you may have some tendency to get more hairy! Ha ha! or Howl at the Moon!

      • Hooooooooooooooooooooowl 😉
        Yes I will watch out for any hairs
        sprouting and if my teeth become
        sharpened and an appetite of raw
        meat is present then I will surely
        be running around on all fours 🙂

        Failing that I will just sit back and
        enjoy the Full Moon, I might even
        have a few glasses of red wine 🙂

        Andro xxxx

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