I just saw Madagascar with the family. I think that the formula for computer animated flicks has run its course. What I mean to say is that this is a poor imitation of other Pixar/Dreamworks style movies of the past few years. While the animation is done very well, and of course what we expect now, the jokes or lack thereof left me scratching my head as to why I shelled out for 3 matinee tickets. I think the casting of Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, and David Schwimmer may have looked good on paper, but we need to cast blame toward the director for not milking the slightest bit of chemistry from the trio. The movie patron’s intelligence has been highly assaulted if the casting of Rock was to conjure up recent memories of Eddie Murphy’s “Donkey”. Although my 12 old year disagrees, as I told him tonight, this movie doesn’t even rank among the top 10 computer animated flicks that have been released since Toy Story 1, and I say that without fully knowing that 10 have even been released since Pixar’s groundbreaking accomplishment of 1995. Since this is my first movie review and I am a musician, I give this movie 1 1/2 music notes out of 5.