After bidding goodbye to the penguins, Alex the lion (Ben Stiller) has a nightmare about himself and his friends still stranded in Africa and finding they have all gotten old. He then wakes from his dream on his birthday, and the animals present him with a miniature model of New York City. Alex suggests to Marty the zebra (Chris Rock), Melman the giraffe (David Schwimmer), and Gloria the hippopotamus (Jada Pinkett Smith) that they should go to Monte Carlo to get the penguins to fly them back to New York City, which they agree to.
In Monte Carlo, Alex's gang's attempt to reach the penguins and King Julien (Sacha Baron Cohen) blunders and sparks chaos in the Hotel De Paris. The hotel security calls Monaco Animal Control officer Captain Chantel DuBois (Frances McDormand)
to deal with the animals. A high-speed chase ensues between the
relentless DuBois and the animals in a truck driven by the penguins to
reach their aircraft and they depart on the plane, barely escaping
In the skies of France, the plane's engines fail and the plane
crashes into a suburban rail yard as the authorities close in. They come
across a circus train and bang on it, desperately trying to get in.
Seeing their only chance of escape is on the circus train, they
desperately claim that they are circus animals themselves, which
convinces Stefano the sea lion (Martin Short) and Gia the jaguar (Jessica Chastain) to let them in despite the protests of Vitaly the tiger (Bryan Cranston). The animals soon learn from Stefano that they are performing in Rome and London,
where they plan to impress a promoter to get them on their first
American tour. Before the zoo animals' claim is discredited, the
penguins suddenly appear with a deal to purchase the circus themselves,
resulting in the pleased departure of all the humans. Meanwhile the
others prepare for the performance at the Colosseum.
Unfortunately, to the zoo animals' horror, the show proves to be a
disaster. The angered audience demands refunds, right to going to the
point of chasing the circus to the departing train to London.
En route to London, Stefano soon reveals to Alex that Vitaly was once
their inspiration. Once a professional ring jumper who used to leap
through incrementally smaller hoops to excite crowds and was always
pushing himself to the limit, his attempt at an impossible jump through a
flaming pinkie ring ended in disaster when he burned his fur, which he
had coated in extra virgin olive oil
in order to slip through the narrow opening, destroying his confidence
in his talent and the whole circus suffered by his example. An inspired
Alex then has the train make a stop in the Alps
and convinces the performers to rework their act to become the opposite
of the world-famous human-only Cirque du Soleil as an animal-only
lights and acrobatic show. Heartened by Alex's vision, the zoo animals
and the circus animals develop sophisticated acts together and become
closer friends in the process, especially Alex and Gia who find
themselves falling in love.
Meanwhile, DuBois is arrested in Rome after causing problems with the
local police officers while chasing the animals out of her
jurisdiction, but escapes and discovers that Alex was the missing lion
from the zoo in New York. Once free, DuBois recruits her injured men and
they head toward the Alps, forcing the animals to proceed to London
despite incomplete rehearsals. In London, the troupe prepares for the
promoter in the audience, but Vitaly is discovered packing to leave.
Alex convinces Vitaly to stay by reminding him of how he enjoys
performing the impossible and suggests that he uses hair conditioner
as a safer lubricant to perform his flaming ring jump. As a result,
Vitaly's stunt is performed perfectly, which proves to be the opening of
a spectacularly successful show. After the impressed promoter arranges
for an American tour, DuBois shows up with a paper showing that Alex was
missing. Though the penguins are able to foil DuBois's plan, Alex is
forced to confess that the four of them are just zoo animals trying to
get home, disappointing the others who feel used and lied from the four
of them. Also, Julien breaks up with Sonya, telling her that he can't be
a part of the circus.
Finally, both the zoo animals and the circus arrive in New York City.
Likewise, the zoo group and Julien finally arrive at the gates of the
closed Central Park Zoo,
only to realize that their adventure has changed them too much to
return to captivity and that they were "home" when they joined the
circus. The zoo animals resolve to return to the circus and reconcile
with their new friends, but they are then tranquilized and captured by
DuBois. The zoo staff, delighted by Alex's reappearance, thank DuBois,
incorrectly believing that she was trying to return the missing animals.
Unnoticed, Julien manages to reach the circus (despite being darted by
DuBois) and the penguins realize that the group had been ambushed. Upon
learning about the zoo animals' plight, Gia and Vitaly convince the
circus animals to rescue their friends and they set out for the zoo,
performing aboard a flying circus.
Meanwhile at the zoo, Alex awakens to find that he along with Marty,
Melman, and Gloria are in their enclosures, surrounded by tall
chain-link fences. DuBois steps on stage to receive a million-dollar
check of appreciation from the zoo, but at the same time secretly loads a
poison-filled dart into a gun which she hides inside a foam finger in
preparation to kill Alex. The circus animals arrive in time to stop her
and a massive brawl occurs where the circus uses all of what they had
developed as part of their revamped act. As the group tries to leave,
DuBois attempts to kill Stefano, who is stranded at the zoo. However,
Alex saves Stefano and all the animals then defeat DuBois and escape.
Heartened by this valiant demonstration of their new friends' love,
Alex and his friends decide to join the circus permanently. Meanwhile,
DuBois and her men find themselves inside shipping crates on a cargo
ship bound for the island of Madagascar.
On Christmas morning 1909, Jim Dear gives his wife Darling a cocker spaniel puppy that they name Lady. Lady enjoys a happy life with the couple and with a pair of dogs from the neighborhood, a Scottish Terrier named Jock and a bloodhound
named Trusty. Meanwhile, across town by the railway, a stray mutt,
referred to as The Tramp, lives life from moment to moment, be it
begging for scraps from the local Italian restaurant or protecting his
fellow strays Peg (a Lhasa Apso) and Bull (an English bulldog) from the local dog catcher.
Later, Lady is saddened after Jim Dear and Darling begin treating her
rather coldly. Jock and Trusty visit her, and determine that the change
in behavior is due to Darling expecting a baby. While Jock and Trusty
try to explain what a baby is, Tramp offers his own thoughts on the
matter: "Just a cute little bundle of trouble". Jock and Trusty take an
immediate dislike to the stray and order him out of the yard. As Tramp
leaves, he reminds Lady that "when the baby moves in, the dog moves
Eventually, the baby arrives and Jim Dear and Darling introduce Lady
to the infant, to whom Lady grows fond. Soon after, the two decide to go
on a trip together, leaving their Aunt Sarah to look after the baby and
the house. Aunt Sarah, however, dislikes dogs, refusing to let Lady
near the baby. When Lady clashes with Aunt Sarah's two trouble-making Siamese cats,
Si and Am, she takes Lady to a pet shop to get a muzzle. Lady flees,
but is pursued by some street dogs. After the Tramp rescues Lady, the
two visit a local zoo, where Tramp tricks a beaver
into removing the muzzle. Later, Tramp shows Lady how he lives
"footloose and collar-free", eventually leading into a candlelit Italian
dinner. Lady begins to fall in love with Tramp, and the two spend the
night together on a hilltop in the park.
As Tramp escorts Lady back home the next day, Tramp stirs up trouble
in a chicken coop. As the two dogs flee, Lady is caught by the
dog-catcher. At the pound, the other dogs admire Lady's license, as it
is her way out of the pound. Soon the dogs reveal the Tramp's many
girlfriends and how he is unlikely to ever settle down. Eventually, Lady
is collected by Aunt Sarah and is chained to the backyard doghouse.
Jock and Trusty visit to comfort her, but when Tramp arrives to
apologize, thunder starts to rumble as Lady angrily confronts him about
his past girlfriends and failure to rescue her, after which Tramp
Moments later, as it starts to rain, Lady sees a rat
trying to sneak into the house with the apparent intention of harming
the baby. Lady barks frantically, but Aunt Sarah tells her to be quiet.
Tramp hears her and runs back to help. Tramp enters the house and
confronts the rat in the nursery. Lady breaks free and races to the
nursery to find the rat on the baby's crib. Tramp manages to kill the
rat in battle, but knocks over the crib in the process, awakening the
infant. When Aunt Sarah comes to the baby's aid, she sees the two dogs
and thinks they are responsible. She forces Tramp into a closet and Lady
into the basement, then calls the pound to take Tramp away.
Jim Dear and Darling return as the dogcatcher departs. They release
Lady, who leads them and Aunt Sarah to the dead rat, vindicating Tramp.
Overhearing everything and realizing Tramp's intentions, Jock and Trusty
chase after the dogcatcher's wagon. Jock is convinced Trusty has long
since lost his sense of smell, but the old bloodhound is able to find
the wagon. They bark at the horses, who rear up and topple the wagon
onto a utility pole.
Jim Dear arrives in a taxi with Lady, and Lady reunites with Tramp.
However, Trusty is injured in the struggle and Jock howls in sorrow.
That Christmas, Tramp, now a part of Lady's family, has his own
collar and license. Aunt Sarah has also reconciled with Lady by sending
her a box of dog biscuits. Lady and Tramp raise four puppies together:
three resemble Lady (Annette, Danielle, and Collette) and the other
resembles Tramp (Scamp). Jock comes to see the family along with Trusty,
who is carefully walking on his still-mending leg.
A doe gives birth to a fawn named Bambi, who will one day take over
the position of Great Prince of the Forest, a title currently held by
Bambi's father, who guards the woodland creatures from the dangers of
hunters. The fawn is quickly befriended by an eager, energetic rabbit
who helps to teach him to walk and speak. Bambi grows up very attached
to his mother, with whom he spends most of his time. He soon makes other
friends, including a young skunk named Flower and a female fawn named Faline,
as well as his powerful, majestic father, the Great Prince of the
Forest. Curious and inquisitive, Bambi frequently asks about the world
around him and is cautioned about the dangers of life as a forest
creature by his loving mother.
During Bambi's first winter, his mother is shot and killed by a deer
hunter while trying to help her son find food, leaving the little fawn
mournful and alone. Taking pity on his abandoned son, the Great Prince
leads Bambi home. Upon the arrival of spring, Bambi has matured into a
young stag, and his childhood friends have entered adulthood as well.
They are warned of "twitterpation" by Friend Owl and that they will
eventually fall in love, although the trio view the concept of romance
with scorn, and walk away. However, along the way, Thumper and Flower
both encounter their beautiful romantic counterparts and abandon their
former thoughts on love to remain with their new romantic interests, and
soon Bambi encounters his friend Faline as a beautiful doe. However,
their courtship is quickly interrupted and challenged by a belligerent
stag named Ronno, who attempts to force Faline away from Bambi.
Fortunately, Bambi successfully manages to earn rights to the doe's
affections and defeats Ronno in battle.
Bambi is awakened shortly afterward by the smell of smoke, and is
warned of a wildfire by his father. The two flee to safety, although
Bambi is separated from Faline in the turmoil and searches for her along
the way. He soon finds her cornered by vicious hunting dogs, which he
manages to ward off, and he makes it with his father, Faline, and the
forest animals to shelter on a riverbank. The following spring, Faline gives birth to twins under Bambi's watchful eye as the new Great Prince of the Forest.
Through a textual prologue told via a storybook, Snow White is a princess living with her stepmother, a vain and wicked Queen
who is assumed to have taken over the kingdom after the death of Snow
White's father. Fearing Snow White's beauty surpassing her own, the
Queen forced her to work as a scullery maid
and asked her Magic Mirror daily "who is the fairest one of all". For
several years the mirror always answered that the Queen was, pleasing
At the film's opening, the Magic Mirror informs the Queen that Snow
White is now the fairest in the land. The jealous Queen orders a
reluctant huntsman to take Snow White into the woods and kill her. She
further demands that the huntsman return with Snow White's heart
in a jeweled box as proof of the deed. The huntsman encounters Snow
White but decides not to harm her. He tearfully begs for her
forgiveness, revealing the Queen wants her dead, and urges her to flee
into the woods and never come back, bringing back a pig's heart instead.
Lost and frightened, the princess is befriended by woodland creatures
who lead her to a cottage deep in the woods. Finding seven small chairs
in the cottage's dining room, Snow White assumes the cottage is the
untidy home of seven orphaned children. It soon becomes apparent that
the cottage belongs instead to seven adult dwarfs, Doc, Grumpy, Happy,
Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy, and Dopey, who work in a nearby mine. Returning
home, they are alarmed to find their cottage clean and surmise that an
intruder has invaded their home. The dwarfs find Snow White upstairs,
asleep across three of their beds. Snow White awakes to find the Dwarfs
at her bedside and introduces herself, and all of the dwarfs eventually
welcome her into their home after they learn she can cook and clean
beautifully. Snow White begins a new life cooking, cleaning, and keeping
house for the dwarfs while they mine for jewels and at night sing, play
music and dance.
Meanwhile, the Queen discovers that Snow White is still alive when
the mirror again answers that Snow White is the fairest in the land.
Using magic to disguise herself as an old hag, the Queen creates a
poisoned apple that will put whoever eats it into the "Sleeping Death".
The Evil Queen explains that Snow White would collapse into a magical
sleep if she were to take even a single bite of the apple. The sleep can
only be cured by the power of "love's first kiss". The Queen reasons
that this is no danger to her plans, as the dwarfs would not be able to
awaken Snow White, and would think she was dead, thus resulting in Snow
White being "buried alive". The Queen goes to the cottage while the
dwarfs are away and tricks Snow White into biting into the poisoned
apple. As Snow White falls asleep the Queen proclaims that she will be
the fairest of the land. The vengeful dwarfs, alerted by the woodland
animals who recognize her, chase the Queen up a cliff and trap her. She
tries to roll a boulder over them but lightning strikes the cliff she is
standing on, causing it to collapse. The Queen falls to her death, and
her body is crushed by the boulder.
The dwarfs return to their cottage and find Snow White seemingly
dead, being kept in a deathlike slumber by the potion. Unwilling to bury
her out of sight in the ground, they instead place her in a glass
coffin trimmed with gold in a clearing in the forest. Together with the
woodland creatures, they keep watch over her in an "eternal vigil".
After some time, a prince, who had previously met and fallen in love
with Snow White, learns of her eternal sleep and visits her coffin.
Saddened by her apparent death, he kisses her, which breaks the spell
and awakens her. The dwarfs and animals all rejoice as the Prince takes
Snow White to his castle, which glows in the presence of Snow White.
The Adventures of Pinocchio is a story about an animated puppet, a talking cricket, and boys who turn into donkeys and other fairy tale devices that would be familiar to a reader of Alice in Wonderland or the Brothers Grimm. However, Pinocchio's world is not in a traditional fairy-tale
world, instead containing the hard realities of the need for food,
shelter, and the basic measures of daily life. The setting of the story
is in fact the very real Tuscan area of Italy as a background. It was a unique literary melding of genres for its time. The story's Italian language is peppered with Florentine dialect features, such as the protagonist's Florentine name.
In the 1850s, Collodi began to have a variety of both fiction and
non-fiction books published. Once, he translated some French fairy-tales
so well that he was asked whether he would like to write some of his
own. In 1881, he sent a short episode in the life of a wooden puppet to a
friend who edited a newspaper in Rome, wondering whether the editor
would be interested in publishing this "bit of foolishness" in his
children's section. The editor did, and the children loved it. The
adventures of Pinocchio were serialized in the paper in 1881-2, and then
published in 1883 with huge success.
In the original, serialized version, Pinocchio dies a gruesome
death—hanged for his innumerable faults, at the end of Chapter 15. At
the request of his editor, Collodi added chapters 16–36, in which the Fairy with Turquoise Hair
(or "Blue Fairy", as the Disney version names her) rescues Pinocchio
and eventually transforms him into a real boy, when he acquires a deeper
understanding of himself, making the story suitable for children. In
the second half of the book, the maternal figure of the Blue Fairy is
the dominant character, versus the paternal figure of Geppetto, in the
Children's literature was a new idea in Collodi's time, an innovation
in the 19th century. Thus in content and style it was new and modern,
opening the way to many writers of the following century.
Donald Duck tries to enter a Hollywood studio so he can search for
celebrities willing to sign their autograph. A police officer guarding
the gate prevents him from entering the building. Donald manages to
sneak inside by climbing on the limousine with Greta Garbo
so that it seems he's riding along with her. The police officer
discovers he's been fooled and chases Donald, who enters a room with the
name "Mickey Rooney" on it. Inside, Mickey Rooney
is dressing up in front of the mirror, when Donald asks him for his
autograph. Rooney writes his name in Donald's book and makes it
disappear and reappear with a magic trick. Donald, who is not amused,
tries to impress Rooney by doing a similar trick with an egg. The egg is
however obviously hidden under Donald's hat and Rooney who is aware of
this, crushes it, laughing loudly. Donald gets extremely angry and
starts waving his fists, while Rooney manages to put a violin in
Donald's hands. When Donald discovers he has been tricked for the third
time he throws the violin at Rooney. Rooney ducks and the instrument
lands in the face of the police officer.
Alarmed, Donald runs away and hides under a bell-jar carried by actor Henry Armetta. When the police officer discovers Donald's hiding place the duck runs to another film set full with ice. There he meets Sonja Henie
and asks her for an autograph. Henie signs her name by skating it in
the ice, so that Donald has to carry it with him. While walking in a
desert setting Donald discovers the ice has melted. He notices a tent
with the silhouettes of three belly dancing Arabic women, who turn out
to be the Ritz Brothers.
Excited, he asks them for their autographs, but behaving like
screwballs they jump on Donald and sign their group name on his
buttocks. An enraged Donald throws a paint can at their heads, but it
hits the face of the police officer instead.
Again Donald has to flee and he runs to a castle with the sign The Road To Mandalay, which turns out to be just a model. After bumping his head into it and realizing his mistake he runs into another direction. On a pair of stairs he bumps into Shirley Temple.
She, too, recognizes him and asks for an autograph. They both sit down
to sign each other their autographs and Donald, excited he has his first
real autograph, jumps in the air with joy. Then suddenly the police
officer grabs him. Shirley tells the police officer to leave him alone
and he drops Donald on the floor in surprise. "Donald Duck? Did you say
"Donald Duck?". Other Hollywood actors hear his comment and
enthusiastically rush to Donald to ask him to sign his autograph for
them. (In chronological order: Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, The Andrew Sisters, Charlie McCarthy, Stepin Fetchit, Roland Young, the Lone Ranger riding his horse Silver, Joe E. Brown, Martha Raye, Hugh Herbert, Irvin S. Cobb, Edward Arnold, Katharine Hepburn, Eddie Cantor, Slim Summerville, Lionel Barrymore, Bette Davis, Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Mischa Auer, Joan Crawford and Charles Boyer).
When the police officer asks Donald to sign his autograph book and
offers him his pen, Donald squirts ink in the policeman's face. While
the ink drips from the officer's face and writes Donald's name on his
chest, Donald laughs hysterically.
Admiral Byrd ships Donald a penguin from the South Pole. Donald is
amused by it, until he thinks it has eaten his goldfish. It hasn't - yet
- so Donald gets a fish from the fridge to make amends. When he comes
back, though, he's got a reason to be upset with the penguin
Donald Duck takes his nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie,
to sea in a large schooner. Donald acts as a strict, old fashioned navy
captain and is particularly proud of his admiral's uniform and large bicorne
hat. However, their problems quickly multiply as the ducks prove to be
incompetent at weighing the anchor and hoisting the sail.
Just as things are going completely haywire, a hungry shark appears
and nearly eats Donald. Donald leads the shark on a frantic chase just
barely escaping death at each turn. Finally the shark causes Donald to
ruin his hat. Donald's fury at seeing his hat ruined gives him enough
determination to confront the shark, punching him in the nose in a full
head on collision effectively knocking the shark out.