TV: Merry Madagascar

Premiered: November 17, 2009

On: NBC

Starring: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Danny Jacobs, Cedric the Entertainer, Andy Richter, Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Jim Cummings, Nina Dobrev, Christopher Knights & Carl Reiner

Think Tim Allen’s The Santa Clause with the Madagascar animals.

On Christmas Eve, Santa Claus (Carl Reiner) crashes on the island of Madagascar just as Alex (Ben Stiller), Marty (Chris Rock), Melman (David Schwimmer) and Gloria (Jada Pinkett Smith) are about to head back to New York City. Santa loses his memory in the fall and it’s up to the four animals to deliver Christmas presents to the world.

The story is fun and light even if it feels like something you’ve seen done before. Though, it’s not going to be anything that you’ll particularly remember.

Similar to the movie, one of the best parts is the self-absorbed lemur King Julien (Danny Jacobs) who gets Santa in on the “I Like to Move it” action as he’s celebrating his own special month.

Final say: Cute enough. ★★★☆☆

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