Island of Lemurs Madagascar Movie Review
Drugstore Divas received Island of Lemurs Madagascar for this review.
“I don’t know anything about lemurs,” I said to Pete when Island of Lemurs: Madagascar arrived for us to review. “I don’t even know if it’s lemurs or lemurs.”
That makes no sense when I type it out, but the first was leigh-murs and the second was lem-urs. I kept saying leigh-murs, but then I got to thinking about that computer game from back in the day called Lemmings, and that’s lem-ings, and I thought maybe that game was based off these animals.
That is how little I knew about these creatures. So I was really excited to sit down and watch the documentary Island of Lemurs: Madagascar. It’s not a part of the Madagascar cartoon series. It’s named such because the only place that lemurs (pronounced leigh-murs, as I originally thought) exist is on Madagascar. They were on Africa millions of years ago and then rafted to Madagascar, hitching rides due to shifting currents and weather. And that’s it. They’re there and nowhere else.
What was not cool was that Madagascar is basically getting ruined by humans. According to the documentary, 95% of Madagascar’s rain forests are gone due to deforestation. That’s not good because these lemurs are running out of places to live and going extinct.
The documentary is only 41 minutes short — and it goes quick. A lot of the time is spent on the visually stunning Madagascar, but I think that was more for the fact that this is an IMAX movie. The intro shows a lot of green trees, zooming into them almost. And you know that would be perfect if I was in a theater with 3D glasses, but I was at home with a non-3D TV.
You really do learn a lot in the 41 minutes, even though part of it does just seem like a propaganda to save the rain forests disguised as a documentary narrated by Morgan Freeman. But I didn’t mind, mostly because of the dancing lemur. It was the funniest thing I’ve seen in a long time and the absolute best part of the movie. There was no number at the end to text to send $10 to the Red Cross of Lemurs, so it wasn’t that much propaganda. But, really, if there was a number to text to donate $10 to save the dancing lemur, I would have sent some money. Really, check out the video below and you’ll see what I mean.