Exclusive: Madagascar 3 goes under the big top

Jun 5, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. ET

It’s the moment all you circus lovers have been waiting for: The buddies of Madagascar are trying yet again to get back to New York, but this time by way of a circus in Europe.

Big top, little problems, or is it the other way around? The famous foursome — Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman — from the first two Madagascar movies are back in Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, the latest adventure from our zoo friends who want nothing more than to get back to New York.

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To catch you up on the wackiness that’s been ensuing through three lucrative films of hilarity, four zoo animals who were displaced out of the Central Park Zoo in New York, voiced by Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, David Schwimmer and Jada Pinkett Smith, find themselves in a circus in Monaco.

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Just when they thought this would make the perfect hiding place, they find out what kind of place it is. In this exclusive clip, SheKnows brings you a scene where the circus animals try to do their best performance. You can only imagine how well that goes over with this crowd.

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Unfortunately, this circus act is about as coordinated as watching monkeys do a tree dance. Everything goes wrong and, well… let’s just say that afterwards, someone has a real pain in the butt.

The film co-stars Sacha Baron Cohen as King Julien XIII, Cedric the Entertainer as Maurice and Frances McDormand as Captain Chantel DuBois.

As you can imagine, it’s tough to know who to trust when you’re stuck outside the zoo. Can our fearless friends make it back in time? Not without a few laughs, we’re sure. Check out this exclusive clip from SheKnows to see what's in store for you June 8 when the film hits theaters nationwide.

Photo credit: DreamWorks Animation