“Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa—Crash Landing Sequence” by Darnell and McGrath

  • ©Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath



    Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa—Crash Landing Sequence



    In “Escape 2 Africa,” the beloved characters from Madagascar Rediscover their original home – the larger-than-life Africansavanna. With its sweeping, open vistas; bold, dramatic skies;numerous herds of animals; and waving fields of grass that stretch to the horizon, these spectacular landscapes push both the visual style and the technical boundaries of CG animation.

    This particular sequence, “Crash Landing,” provides the first view of the African landscape, as our zoo-raised crew, led by the resourceful penguins, make it through a forced landing on the continent. A tightly packed action sequence, it’s a showcase for the distinctive animation of “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.”The sequence is full of snappy timing and strong poses that reveal character. This style also drives the visual effects, where comedic stylization is prized over realistic representation.

Additional Contributors:

    Producers: Mireille Soria, Mark Swift
    Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric The Entertainer, Andy Richter, Alec Baldwin, Will.i.am
    Animation Festival Piece Directors: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath

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