I have two elementary age boys who wanted to see this film at the theater and then asked for the dvd. So I have seen it both at the theater and at home, but I really don't care for it. My kids thought it was quite funny, but I would place it in the bottom tier of kids' movies. The animation is fine and parts are amusing but nothing is really stellar. The story is run-of-the-mill, and too many cliches make it a bit tiresome. Chris Rock, in my opinion, just has a funny voice, so I laughed whenever his character spoke. The highlight of the movie is the penguins. As a paramilitary group intent on breaking out of the zoo and heading to Antarctica, they steal the show. The lemurs (or were they meerkats?) on the island of Madagascar have some laughs as well, but on the whole, this is not my favorite kids' movie. I recommend you rent it first before you buy.