March 16, 2012

'Madagascar 3' to Have Its World Premiere at 2012 Cannes Film Festival (VIDEO | 7 PICS)

A scene from DreamWorks Animation's Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012)
"Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" will not only present Alex and co.'s adventure in Europe, but it will also have its world premiere in the continent. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that DreamWorks Animation has planned to debut the comedy pic during the prestigious 65th annual Cannes Film Festival in May.

The Eric Darnell-directed animated movie is the first major studio title to surface in connection with this year's Cannes, which is commonly used to introduce summer tentpole movies. DreamWorks is expected to release an official statement about the premiere plan in the coming days.

Before "Madagascar 3", Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks premiered "Kung Fu Panda" at the South of France festival in 2008. DreamWorks CEO, Jeffrey Katzenberg, is known for being long enamored with Cannes as he has taken many of the studio's films to the event for international junkets.

In "Madagascar 3", Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo and Melman the Giraffe are still trying to get home to New York and of course, King Julien, Maurice and the Penguins are all along for the comedic adventure. Their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent to Madagascar style. 

Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith, David Schwimmer and Sacha Baron Cohen are all set to return to the voice cast ensemble. They are joined by the franchise newcomers, including Frances McDormand, Bryan Cranston, Martin Short and Jessica Chastain. The family movie is set to be released in the U.S. on June 8. 

As for this year's Cannes, the event will run from May 16 to 27. Wes Anderson's kiddie love drama "Moonrise Kingdom" has been selected as the festival's opener. Serving to preside over the jury is acclaimed Italian actor and filmmaker Nanni Moretti. 

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