Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is a 2008 computer-animated epic adventure comedy-drama film, produced by DreamWorks Animation. It is the sequel to Madagascar. It stars Ben Stiller as Alex, Bernie Mac as Zuba, Sherri Shepherd as Florrie, Chris Rock as Marty, Elisa Gabrielli as Nana, David Schwimmer as Melman, Jada Pinkett Smith as Gloria, Alec Baldwin as Makunga, Tom McGrath as Skipper and Sacha Baron Cohen as King Julien.
Alex, Marty, Melman, Gloria, King Julien (who was the nameless king of the lemurs in the first film), Maurice (who was Julien's nameless advisor), Skipper and his fellow penguins board a repaired airplane in the hopes of using it to fly back to New York. Mort tries to board the plane but King Julien doesn't want him on board and locks him outside. The plane takes off and starts with a relaxing journey, Alex spots Mort, the same lemur he saved from the Fossas in the first film, clinging to the wing of the plane and imagines he was a scary creature, but wasn't and waves to him (causing Mort to wave back and fall off the wing into the sea of Africa and he drowns). Alex says that solves spill the resentment of Marty when he the bit and Gloria says woo. Melman is nonconformist. The plane shortly runs out of fuel (or stops burning). Julien and Maurice eject from the plane and fall to their death. The Penguins decide to land in continental Africa. The animals admit the stuff they kept secret; Alex admits that he broke his iPod (which Marty was furious about) and Melman yells that he loves Gloria, but who hears this but Alex and Marty, and embarrassed, says he likes her as you like the beach or a good book. Luckily for Melman, Gloria was asleep. Eventually, Rico regains control of the plane and lands - but effectively demolishes it in the process.
In Africa, Alex re-encounters Nana (the same lady who battled Alex in the first film as a cameo appearance) and they begin a short fight, but Nana again won the fight, and Alex swipes her handbag and tries to use a cell phone, but fails to get a connection, (despite the fact he was in Africa, and he was distracted by the view of the Watering Hole) the animals are amazed to find more of their kind. Julien and Maurice survied from their death with help of some flamingos and Julien is king of Africa. Alex is reunited with his parents, Zuba and Florrie (who think that Alex is their long-lost son, Alakay). Marty quickly fits into a herd of 999,999 zebras who all look, sound and talk exactly like him. Melman takes on the position of witch doctor amongst the animals. Gloria, interested in finding a mate, attracts the attention of a smooth-talking, but shallow hippo named Moto Moto.
The next morning Mort, now okay from drowning in the sea, washes up on the shore of Africa and sets off to find King Julien, only to be chased by a shark and he gets eaten. King Julien resurfaces with Maurice, riding a flamingo who saved Julien and Maurice from the plane crash scene and wearing a crown made of flamingo feathers and promptly declares himself king - not that anybody listens much to him. Meanwhile, the penguins set about repairing the plane with the help of the monkeys. They steal several jeeps from New Yorkers on vacation, leaving the tourists stranded and lost in the jungle. Taking charge of the group is Nana, a tough old woman known for having beaten up Alakay before he was first shipped out of New York, reminding them that they are New Yorkers and will always survive. Unfortunately, life in Africa is not as wonderful as it first seems. Zuba's advisor, Makunga, determined to take the position of alpha lion, reminds Zuba that Alakay must complete a traditional lion coming-of-age challenge. Alakay, thinking that the challenge is a dance contest (it is actually a fight), competes against the strongest lion, "Teetsie" (who was recommended by Makunga) and loses quickly. To avoid being forced to banish Alex for failing, Zuba is forced to abdicate and Makunga immediately takes the position and banishes Alex and his family, much to Zuba's anger at Alex. The African Animals are slaves causing Alex and his parents to flee. Meanwhile, Mary is hiding out with Melman and Gloria and Julien sacrificed his freedom. Marty begins to feel upset that all of the zebras are exactly the same as him, leaving him with nothing unique. Melman is happy as a witch doctor, until he learns that he has the same spot that had apparently caused the previous witch doctor to die in what is believed as "Witch Doctor's Disease". He is also upset about Gloria dating Moto Moto, as Melman has secretly loved her for a long time. Believing he is dying, he is confronted by King Julien, who tells him that if he's going to die, he might as well do everything he's dreamed of. Later, Gloria goes on a date with Moto Moto, in a lake, and quickly realizes that he only loves her for her body. Melman rushes up and warns Moto-Moto that he has to treat Gloria well, because he's dating a goddess and she has a beautiful smile. Gloria is surprised, because Moto-Moto is only interested in it being the largest hippo he's ever seen. The next day, the animals are in a panic when they discover that the watering hole has dried up. Determined to make up for his failure earlier, Alakay and Marty decide to risk being shot by hunters and leave the reserve to discover what happened. The pair discover that the stranded New Yorkers, under the instruction of Nana, have dammed the river and built a primitive civilization. Alakay is captured and Marty runs for help. Meanwhile, Zuba hears from Makunga what Alex did and goes to rescue him and Makunga pursuits Alakay. Purely to get attention, King Julien suggests that the animals sacrifice one of themselves into the volcano to appease the "water gods" and regain their water supply, and in desperation, the other animals go along with it. Believing that he will die soon, Melman volunteers to be sacrificed. Gloria stops him just in time and Marty arrives to tell them of Alakay's fate.
Alakay meanwhile manages to rescue both himself and his father by dancing for the New Yorkers, who quickly recognize him from the zoo. Nana however is not won over and attacks. The trio, the penguins, and several chimpanzees use the newly-fixed plane (re-engineered as a military helicopter) to come to the rescue. Then they crash the dam with the plane. Meanwhile, back at the volcano, King Julien complains to Maurice about the sacrifice plan not working ("The science seemed so solid"). Mort turns up, is overjoyed to see King Julien and gets spit out by the shark, although Julien is less than thrilled to see him. The shark that was chasing Mort also arrives, but falls into the volcano, completing the sacrifice (with Maurice saying "I hope the gods like Seafood") and causing King Julien to think that he brought back the water. As the watering hole restores, Makunga found Alakay and Zuba from his chase and angrily reminds Alakay and Zuba that all this won't change anything. However, Alex manages to remove Makunga from power by tricking Nana into attacking him and she drags him back to the other marooned tourists. Zuba then makes Alakay the alpha lion. The movie ends as Skipper marries a "bobble-head hula doll from the plane" and the penguins and monkeys leave in the helicopter to go on a honeymoon in Monte Carlo. They leave the Lemurs, Alakay, Marty, Melman, and Gloria to happily remain in Africa with Alex's parents forever.
Zuba grants the gang's wishes: Alakay will stay in Africa and live in his cave, Marty will be the leader of the Zebras, Gloria changes from Melman's best friend to his wife, Julien becomes king of Africa and it sets the stage for Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted.
- Ben Stiller - Alakay (the protagonist who's born in Africa)
- Bernie Mac - Zuba (the dueteragonist and Alakay's dad)
- Sherri Shepherd - Florrie (the tritagonist and Alakay's mom)
- Chris Rock - Marty (the tetartagonist and Alakay's best friend)
- Elisa Gabrielli - Nana the old lady (the lady who slapped Alex in the first film and the main antagonist. She seeks revenge on Alex for scaring her)
- David Schwimmer - Melman (a major character and Gloria's best friend-later-wife)
- Jada Pinkett Smith - Gloria (a major character and Melman's best friend-later-wife)
- Sacha Baron Cohen - King Julien (a supporting character and the king of Africa)
- Alec Baldwin - Makunga (Zuba's grand vizer and the hidden secondary antagonist)
- Tom McGrath - Skipper (a major character and the lead penguin)
- Will.i.am - Moto Moto (the tertiary antagonist and Gloria's rival)
- Cedric the Entertainer - Maurice (a supporting character and Julien's footman)
- Andy Richter - Mort (a supporting character and Julien's distraction)
- Chris Miller - Kowalski (a supporting character and Skipper's third in command)
- Christopher Knights - Private (a supporting character and Skipper's fourth in command and weapon)
- John DiMaggio - Rico (a supporting character and Skipper's assistant and second in command)
- Conrad Vernon - Mason, Phil and the Shark Roars (supporting characters. Mason helps the penguins build the plane. The shark attempts to eat Mort)