“Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” will have its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May, making the DreamWorks Animation film the first major summer release to be on the fest’s schedule.
As well, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted is just the second film announced to play Cannes. (Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, the festival opener, is the first.) Paramount will release the 3D feature in the United States on June 8.
Back in 2004, DreamWorks premiered Shrek 2 in competition at Cannes. Other DreamWorks films screened there were Shrek (2000), Over the Hedge (2006) and Kung Fu Panda (2008). Although not in the festival itself, DWA held its international junket for last year’s Kung Fu Panda 2 in Cannes.
The first two Madagascar movies grossed a combined total of over $1.1 billion worldwide. Madagascar 3 is the first of the franchise to be filmed and released in 3D.