FEATURES WORLDWIDE HITS "FIREWORK" BY KATY PERRY AND "WE NO SPEAK AMERICANO" BY YOLANDA BE COOL & DCUP- NEW MUSIC BY HANS ZIMMER, PETER ASHER, AND THE NEW MASH-UP TRACK "AFRO CIRCUS/I LIKE TO MOVE IT"
DreamWorks Animation SKG's Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted in 3D, the newest chapter in the $1 billion box office franchise, opens June 8, Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Voice talent for the film includes Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric The Entertainer, Andy Richter, Tom McGrath, Jessica Chastain, Bryan Cranston, Martin Short and Frances McDormand
SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Katy Perry's worldwide #1 megahit "Firework" and Australian collaborators Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP's worldwide #1 dance hit "We No Speak Americano" will highlight the original motion picture soundtrack album Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, set for release June 5th on Interscope Records in advance of the movie's theatrical release June 8 from DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (Nasdaq: DWA.) For the first time in 3D, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted is the long-awaited new chapter in the Madagascar franchise, which has earned more than $1 billion at the box office. Paramount Pictures will distribute the film.
Music remains central to the franchise, as the Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted soundtrack album will include a number of themes by Academy AwardŽ-winning and four-time Grammy AwardŽ-winning composer Hans Zimmer: "New York City Surprise," "Game On," "Light the Hoop On Fire!," "Fur Power!," and "Rescue Stefano." In addition to 2005's Madagascar and 2008's Madagascar 2: Escape 2 Africa, Zimmer is celebrated for his soundtracks to The Lion King, Gladiator, The Dark Knight, Inception, and many other titles. Zimmer has scored over 100 films.
Along with "Firework" and "We No Speak Americano," the Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted soundtrack album features three-time Grammy AwardŽ-winning producer-songwriter Peter Asher's "Love Always Comes As a Surprise." New Madagascar voice Frances McDormand, as relentless French animal control officer Captain Chantal DuBois (who is in hot pursuit of the Zoosters running wild in her city), pays tribute to the Little Sparrow Edith Piaf with a new take on the classic "Non, je ne regrette rien (No, I have no regrets)."
In addition, Madagascar's King Julien covers C + C Music Factory's "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)," Spice Girls' "Wannabe," and Nelly's "Hot In Herre," and collaborates with Marty (voiced by Chris Rock) for the album's closing mash-up of "Afro Circus" and Reel 2 Real's "I Like To Move It" for new track "Afro Circus/I Like To Move It."
DreamWorks Animation SKG's Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, distributed by Paramount Pictures, finds Central Park Zoo's most notorious crew of animated characters ? led by Alex the Lion (Ben Stiller), Marty the Zebra (Chris Rock), Melman the Giraffe (David Schwimmer), and Gloria the Hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith)? continuing their endless voyage home to New York. This time they take over and reinvent a down-and-out circus traveling across Europe, hiding out, doing death defying tricks (perfect for 3D), and making new friends.
Along for the adventure in Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted are Sacha Baron Cohen (as King Julien), Cedric The Entertainer (as Maurice), Andy Richter (as Mort), Jessica Chastain (as Gia), Bryan Cranston (as Vitaly), Martin Short (as Stefano), and Frances McDormand as Captain Chantal DuBois.
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted is directed by Eric Darnell, Conrad Vernon and Tom McGrath. Darnell and McGrath directed the first two installments and are joined this time by director Conrad Vernon, who earned kudos as director of Shrek 2 and Monsters vs. Aliens, and served as a voice on Madagascar and Madagascar 2. The Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted screenplay is written by Darnell and Noah Baumbach (Fantastic Mr. Fox, Greenberg). It is produced by Mireille Soria (Madagascar 2) and Mark Swift (Madagascar 2).
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted has been rated PG.
About DreamWorks Animation SKG
DreamWorks Animation creates high?quality entertainment, including CG animated feature films, television specials and series, live entertainment properties and online virtual worlds, meant for audiences around the world. The Company has world?class creative talent, a strong and experienced management team and advanced filmmaking technology and techniques. DreamWorks Animation has been named one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" by FORTUNEŽ Magazine for three consecutive years. In 2011, DreamWorks Animation ranks #10 on the list. All of DreamWorks Animation's feature films are now being produced in 3D. The Company has theatrically released a total of 23 animated feature films, including the franchise properties of Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon.
About Paramount Pictures Corporation
Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. Paramount controls a collection of some of the most powerful brands in filmed entertainment, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films, and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Famous Productions, Paramount Home Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group.
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