It’s been a good seven years since the four animals from New York Central Zoo escaped from their sheltered home, and after three successful movies and some encouragingly healthy box office earnings, it is still King Julien’s antics which never fail to tickle us.
If you don’t already know, King Julien (XIII – that’s the ring tailed lemur’s complete name, mind you) is the conceited and fun-loving supporting character from the Madagascarmovie series. And his rendition of American house duo Reel 2 Deal’s 1994 hit “I Like to Move It” is the signature tune people relate to endearingly. In this soundtrack album, the song is given a wacky afro treatment and performed as a duet by Marty (the zebra) and King Julien. This is easily the highlight of the soundtrack, given how the characters are donning psychedelically colourful wigs on the cover.
Elsewhere, King Julien croons “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now”, “Wannabe” and “Hot in Here” for his die hard fans. The vocals on the album are performed by Danny Jacobs, who sounds a lot like Sacha Baron Cohen, who voices King Julien in the movie.
Also, listen out for tunes like The Capitols’ “Cool Jerk”, Peter Asher’s “Love Always Comes As A Surprise” and the hilarious “Non Je Ne Regrette Rien” performed by the crazed villain voiced by Frances McDormand. Katy Perry’s mega hit “Fireworks” inject the extra dose of energy to an already hyper collection of music on the 38 minute album.
The very efficient Hans Zimmer returns with five scorecues on the soundtrack. Although there isn’t much new material, tracks like “Game On” and “Light the Hoop on Fire!” are fu n to listen to. “Resuce Stefano” concludes the score section of the album with some emotionally affecting themes.
Will the animals return for a fourth time? Will King Julien ask us to “move it move it” again? With how the franchise is a hit, we are guessing it’s a yes.
Recommended Track: : (11) Rescue Stefano
Review by John Li