TELLURIDE – The Nugget Theatre has a special gift for everyone this holiday season – free movies. The Fourth Annual Nugget Nights will present six free screenings of the new animated feature Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa on Wednesday, Dec. 10 and Thursday, Dec. 11, at 4, 6 and 8 p.m. each night. Attendees of all ages are free, with seats available on a first come, first served basis.
Nugget Nights is presented by Katrine and Bill Formby, owners of the Nugget Building; Marta Tarbell and Seth Cagin, owners of the Telluride Watch; and Luci Reeve and Jim Bedford, owners of the Nugget Theatre business. And again this year, the Formbys embrace the Christmas Spirit by donating $10 to Telluride's Angel Basket program for each bag of popcorn, any size, sold during Nugget Nights. Popcorn sales from last year’s Nugget Nights screening of Fred Claus, which drew an audience of more than 500, raised $1,855 for Angel Baskets.
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is directed by Eric Darnell and Tom McGarth, with writer Ethan Cohen, the same team who created Madagascar and The Madagascar Penguins.
Escape 2 Africa picks up where the first film left off, with Alex the Lion (voiced by Ben Stiller), Marty the Zebra (Chris Rock), Gloria the Hippopotamus (Jada Pinkett Smith), and Melman the Giraffe (David Schwimmer) working to get back to New York in a dilapidated two engine airplane. But who fixes and dares to pilot the plane? That’s right, Skipper, Kowalski, Private, and Rico, the ingenious and eccentric Penguins, assisted by Phil and Mason, the chimps. They are joined by Julien the King-Tailed Lemur (Sacha Baron Cohen), who has decided to join the lost New Yorkers for their return home.
The animation is excellent with vivid colors and smooth movements that provide an exceptional movie experience, giving Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa everything it needs to make it one the best films this holiday season.
The film is rated PG for some mild crude humor and runs about 1 hr. 30 min.