Three New Animals Join 'Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted'
Reported by Outsiders - 2012.01.13
In the newest "Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted" movie, our gang of displaced zoo animals find themselves joining a traveling circus in Monte Carlo as a way to hide from a relentless animal-control officer. In addition to Alex the lion (Ben Stiller), Marty the zebra (Chris Rock), Gloria the hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith), and Melman the giraffe (David Schwimmer). We have three new arrivals of Vitaly the Siberian tiger (Bryan Cranston), Gia the jaguar (Jessica Chastain), and Stefano the sea lion (Martin Short).
“The characters are like the three components of the circus’ attitude,” explains Eric Darnell, who directed the movie with Conrad Vernon. “Vitaly is this very conservative tough guy who doesn’t like any change or any outsiders coming into his world. Stefano is this hilarious comic character — he’s always bubbling with excitement and enthusiasm and is up for anything. And Gia is a little more thoughtful, and she’s beautiful. Alex can’t help but be swayed by her.” Adds Vernon: “Gia acts as a moral compass for the circus. She protects [her friends] but also opens them up to new experiences.”