Dreamworks tends to make high quality animated films. Their big smash success, Shrek, had a genuinely interesting take on fairy tales. Capitalizing on that success Dreamworks cranked out one animated film after another - each of them with great animation and a penchant for pop culture jokes. Unfortunately, that gets old. Even Madagascar, which was a definite step away from typical Dreamworks fare, didn't quite break the mold. However, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa changes that and marks Dreamworks' first great movie since Shrek.
Marooned in Madagascar after the events of the first movie - Alex (Stiller), Marty (Rock), Melman (Schwimmer) and Gloria (Pinkett Smith) slingshot themselves onto the African mainland "en route" back to New York. The sequel does away with the "fish out of water" theme that carried the entire first film and spends more time developing the characters on an individual basis.