Da da – da da da da – da da – Circus

Da da – da da da da – da da – Afro

Circus.

Afro.

Circus.

Afro.

Polka-dot, polka-dot, polka-dot Afro!

And there you have it. Four words. On repeat. Constantly looping through your brain.

It’s possible that I’ve seen the other Madagascar films – I honestly don’t remember. If so, it didn’t have much of an impact. I didn’t know any character names but I did know the basic plot of the first film before going to see the third movie in the franchise. If you’re like me, don’t fret. Backstory wasn’t necessary.

It’s a light-weight, sometimes funny and totally harmless kid flick. My upcoming first-grader enjoyed it – but I don’t think we’ll rush out for the DVD. She liked Gia, the girl leopard and she (of course) loved the Afro Circus song, which has several call-backs in the movie. Honestly, without Afro Circus, the movie would be totally forgettable.

We were sitting around a birthday party table a week or so after we saw the movie in the theater. The kids (almost all upcoming first-graders) were talking about movies they had seen over summer break. Madagascar 3 came up. They giggled, several said they liked it and that it was funny. Then, the strains of “Da da – da da da da – da da – Circus” were quietly muttered. The next line was joined by two more kids and by the polka-dot repeats, all ten kids were belting along.

If you’re looking to escape the summer heat by ducking into a family movie, go see Brave. If you’ve already seen Brave twice, you can feel confident that your matinee money won’t be completely wasted on Madagascar 3. Just be prepared to have a song stuck in your head for a very long time. B-