Finally I got to see Madagascar. It was an early show but with lots and lots of kids. I dont know why but kids LOOOOOOOVE animation. I have never ever seen a audience laugh and cheer so much even at jokes which I am sure they did not understand. After a long time I got to see an animated movie without the critic in my mind going blah blah. And I loved it. The kids seem to walk out of the theater a few inches above ground after the show. Reminded of why i joined this industry in the first place.
While I admit Mad is not a perfect animated film or a perfect film. I think its sucess with the audience is a testament to the fact that animated storytelling has an uncanny way to get connected to the audience. Nothing else explains the sucess of so many below average TV shows or Disneys Direct to videos.