The Art of Madagascar

Escape 2 Africa

Written By: Jerry Beck
Would you trust a squad of trash-talking penguins to fly a plane? Probably not, but for Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, and Melman the giraffe there isn't much choice if they ever hope to see the Central Park Zoo again. Join your favorite Manhattan menagerie in The Art of Madagascar for a look into their wild ride from their first trip to the island paradise to their venture into the African savannah in the upcoming sequel Madagascar: the Crate Escape.

The Art of Madagascar explores how the zoo comes to life, featuring an untamed look into the visual effects and development from the Dreamworks team that brought you Shrek and Shark Tale. Discover how animators incorporated animal idiosyncrasies into each character, how digital avatars were tailored to voice actors, and the inside scoop on those darn penguins. The abundance of behind-the-scenes visuals, information, and special features in the The Art of Madagascar is sure to drive kids and anyone's creative curiosity wild.

Format: Hardbound
Publication Date: 10/1/2008
ISBN: 9781933784700
Pages: 160
Trim Size: 11 x 10

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Jerry Beck, Author: Jerry Beck is the author of over fifteen books on animation history. He writes about classic cartoon characters at and blogs about modern animation at A former studio executive with Nickelodeon Movies and Disney TV, Beck currently teaches animation history at Woodbury University in Burbank, CA, where he lives.