Recently I got a chance to sit down with the stars who voice our favorite animals of the Madagascar animated films and series. Well, Gloria the hippo, Melman the giraffe, Marty the zebra, Alex the lion, and Julian the lemur are well known character. They are also traditionally voiced by some heavy hitters in the comedy world. This includes Jada Pinkett Smith, Davd Schwimmer, Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, and Sacha Baron Cohen. This new show is Madagascar: A Little Wild and it is voiced by rising stars as the series explores the childhood adventures that our beloved characters had.
That’s where Shaylin Becton, Jasmine Gatewood, and Amir O’Neil come in. Becton is young Gloria, Gatewood is a new zookeeper Kate, and O’Neil is Marty. Together, they have adventures similar to the ones you will remember from the older animated films and the series. The Peacock app and Hulu carry both the first season and the second, which is running now.
Check out these interviews with the cast and then go stream the show. It’s adorable, engaging, and very inclusive. The stories are the same shenanigans but now are conscious of the cultural and ableist considerations that previous iterations were not aware of.
Rating 4 of 5.