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Madagascar vs. The Wild: A Hilarious Showdown of Animated Animal Adventures

Updated: May 2, 2023

Here it is! The movie showdown I know we are all waiting for.

Ah, animated animal movies. They're cute, they're funny, and they're downright entertaining. But what happens when two movies come out around the same time with strikingly similar plots? It's time for a showdown!

In this corner, we like em big, we like em chonky... we have "Madagascar," the tale of four zoo animals who end up stranded in the wild. This is the original. All others are imitators (You can tell which is my favorite.)

And in the other corner, we have the emotional, comedically driven "The Wild," featuring a group of zoo animals who embark on an adventure in the wild.

Coincidence? We think not! So, let's dive into the hilarious competition between "Madagascar" and "The Wild" and see which movie comes out on top!


Round 1: The Characters In both "Madagascar" and "The Wild," are a group of zoo animals. In "Madagascar," we have Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe, and Gloria the hippo. In "The Wild," we have Samson the lion, Benny the squirrel, Bridget the giraffe, Larry the anaconda, and Nigel the koala. Now, at first glance, it may seem like the characters are almost identical, but upon closer inspection, they each have their own unique quirks and personalities.

In "Madagascar," the characters are all in the same boat, or rather, the same zoo. They are shipped out unwillingly and end up on an adventure in the wild, trying to survive and find their way back home. Alex is a confident and charismatic lion who loves being the center of attention, Marty is an optimistic and adventurous zebra who dreams of freedom, Melman is a hypochondriac giraffe who is always worried about his health, and Gloria is a sassy and confident hippo who loves to dance.

On the other hand, in "The Wild," the characters make a conscious choice to leave the safety of the zoo in search of Samson's son, Ryan, who has accidentally been shipped to Africa. Samson is a brave and protective lion who is determined to find his son, Benny is a wisecracking squirrel with a penchant for one-liners, Bridget is a sweet and naive giraffe who has a crush on Samson, Larry is a laid-back and lazy anaconda who provides comic relief, and Nigel is a sophisticated and sarcastic koala who acts as a mentor to the group.

Winner: "Madagascar." While both movies have similar animal characters, the dynamics and motivations of the characters in "Madagascar" make for a more comedic and unpredictable adventure.


Round 2: The Plot In both "Madagascar" and "The Wild," the plot revolves around a group of zoo animals finding themselves in the wild. However, the driving force behind the plot differs in each movie.

In "Madagascar," the animals end up in the wild due to a series of mishaps and misadventures, including Alex accidentally causing a panic among the zoo animals, leading them to be captured and shipped to Africa. The animals then embark on a hilarious and wild journey to survive in the unfamiliar wilderness and find their way back home to the Central Park Zoo.

On the other hand, in "The Wild," the animals make a deliberate choice to leave the zoo and venture into the wild to rescue Samson's son, Ryan, who has been accidentally shipped to Africa. The animals face various challenges and obstacles along the way, including encounters with dangerous animals and natural disasters, as they race against time to save Ryan and return to the safety of the zoo.

Winner: "The Wild." While "Madagascar" has a more random and chaotic plot, the deliberate choice made by the characters in "The Wild" adds a layer of purpose and urgency to the story, making it a slightly more engaging plot.


Round 3: Humor and Entertainment Value When it comes to animated animal movies, humor and entertainment value are crucial factors. Both "Madagascar" and "The Wild" deliver on this front, but in slightly different ways.

"Madagascar" is known for its quirky and eccentric characters, fast-paced slapstick humor, and catchy musical numbers. The comedic timing of the characters, especially the witty banter between Alex and Marty, is a highlight of the movie. The physical comedy and over-the-top antics of the animals as they navigate the wild are sure to keep audiences of all ages entertained.

On the other hand, "The Wild" relies more on wordplay, pop culture references, and situational humor. Benny the squirrel's witty one-liners and Nigel the koala's sarcastic remarks add a unique flavor of humor to the movie. Additionally, Larry the anaconda's laid-back attitude and Nigel's refined British humor provide comedic relief in tense situations.

Winner: Tie. Both "Madagascar" and "The Wild" have their own brand of humor that appeals to different audiences. While "Madagascar" excels in physical comedy and musical numbers, "The Wild" shines in wordplay and pop culture references, making it a close tie in this round.


Round 4: Overall Impact In terms of overall impact, both "Madagascar" and "The Wild" have left their mark on animated animal movies. "Madagascar" was released in 2005 and went on to spawn two sequels, as well as numerous spin-offs and merchandise. Its unique characters, catchy songs, and comedic moments have made it a beloved franchise for many viewers.

"The Wild," on the other hand, was released in 2006 and may not have achieved the same level of commercial success as "Madagascar," but it still has a dedicated fanbase who appreciate its humor and charm. The movie's message of family and friendship, along with its adventurous plot, has resonated with some viewers.

Winner: Tie. Both "Madagascar" and "The Wild" have made an impact in their own right, with "Madagascar" becoming a successful franchise and "The Wild" finding its own niche audience.


Conclusion: In the battle of "Madagascar" vs. "The Wild," it's hard to declare a clear winner. Both movies have their own strengths and unique elements that make them enjoyable in their own ways. From the lovable characters and hilarious antics of "Madagascar" to the witty humor and adventurous plot of "The Wild," both movies have their own charm that has entertained audiences of all ages.

So, whether you're a fan of Alex the lion and his friends' misadventures in "Madagascar" or Samson the lion's journey to save his son in "The Wild," both movies deserve a place in the animated animal movie hall of fame. So let's declare a playful tie in this showdown and appreciate the humor, entertainment, and enjoyment that both "Madagascar" and "The Wild" have brought to the screen.


So, let's declare a humorous tie between these two similar yet distinct animated animal movies. Whether you prefer the crazy antics of Alex, Marty, Gloria, and Melman in "Madagascar," or the journey of Samson, Benny, Nigel, and Larry in "The Wild," both movies have brought laughter, excitement, and enjoyment to viewers of all ages. After all, when it comes to animated animal movies, there's always room for multiple favorites in the wild world of cinema.

So grab some popcorn, gather your friends, and embark on an adventure with the animals of "Madagascar" or "The Wild" for a roaring good time! And remember, in this playful competition, both movies are winners in their own right. It's all just a matter of personal preference and what makes you laugh and entertain the most. So, let's celebrate the joy of animated animal movies and enjoy the wild ride!



  1. "Madagascar" (2005). Directed by Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath. DreamWorks Animation.

  2. "The Wild" (2006). Directed by Steve 'Spaz' Williams. Walt Disney Pictures.

  3. "Madagascar" IMDb page:

  4. "The Wild" IMDb page:

  5. "Madagascar: A Tale of Two Zoos" by T.L. Stanley, Adweek: 6. "How 'The Wild' Became a Cult Classic Almost Overnight" by Kieran Fisher, Film School Rejects: "Madagascar Vs. The Wild: Which Is The Better Movie?" by Danielle Ryan, Screen Rant:

  6. "Why 'Madagascar' Is Still the Best DreamWorks Animation Franchise" by Michael Schaub, PopMatters:


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