1. It needed more Mort. Somehow, Andy Richter giggles a few times throughout this film (and the prior two films, for that matter) and it is freaking hilarious every time. I could have used more of those moments though.
3. The animal control character, voiced by Frances McDormand, was awesome. She sniffed the ground like a dog, used her unexpectedly amazing singing voice to magically heal her team and spur them on to find Alex the Lion, and I'm pretty sure she derived some kind of power from her bright red lipstick. Amusing.
4. I appreciated that there was only one scene with clowns in it despite the fact that this had a circus theme. Shudder.
5. The first 3/4 of the film were classic Madagascar. Quippy, quick, and quirky (unintended alliteration!), it sped by. But then we ran into a whole touchy feely circus act, and the plot came to a grinding halt of meh-ness. To the point where I don't have much else to say.
In conclusion, I give Madagascar 3 one claw up. But I give the prior two films two claws up each, so please don't disregard the franchise based off this review.
*I've never actually seen The Land Before Time XI, but...come on. Eleven?