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With Valentine's Day officially upon us, it's prime time to throw down a little more virtual ink devoted to MADLY MADAGASCAR one last time. After previewing the special and doing a giveaway here on The Rock Father in previous weeks, it felt fitting to hold off on my official review until now.

Madly MadagascarThe latest in a string of Holiday-themed spin-offs from the wildly popular MADAGASCAR franchise, MADLY MADAGASCAR follows MERRY MADAGASCAR as the second such special to gain a spot in our collection here at Rock Father HQ. After all, when the series began in 2005, I was still four years away from becoming The Rock Father.

Intended for television (but never airing for some reason), MADLY MADAGASCAR is a cute story that begins much like the 1980 film, THE GODS MUST BE CRAZY as a bottle of "Love Potion No. 9" perfume (in GODS it was a Coke bottle) is accidentally dropped from an airplane and into the possession of King Julien. With Valentine's Day cheer being spread by Alex the Lion (a huge fan of the holiday), love is in the air - literally as King Julien begins selling sprays of Love Potion No. 9 as an actual love potion to the other inhabitants of the savanna.

Of course, things don't go quite as planned, as Marty the Zebra soon finds himself the object of extreme lust and affection, being chased through the wild by a herd of animals with energy rivaling that of JUSTIN BIEBER fans stalking the pop star outside a concert venue. 

Wrapped up in just 22 minutes, MADLY MADAGASCAR is a charming, but short tale that my little ones have enjoyed. We've already watched this three times thus far, and it will likely become a fixture of Valentine's Day viewing for years to come.

Available on DVD from Walmart, or as a Digital Deluxe Edition (including two additional adventures not included on the DVD) from iTunes.


The Rock Father Rating: 4/5 Stars

FTC Disclosure: A copy of MADLY MADAGASCAR was provided to The Rock Father by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment/Dreamworks Animation for the purpose of review consideration. All opinions are that of James Zahn with influence from his children.

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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