Published: February 12, 2013 at 9:08 AMI find it a bit surprising that they used the logo from the ill-fated Madagascar Live show that was on tour
Published: February 12, 2013 at 9:27 AMInteresting that Universal Singapore has the rights to Madgascar and Sesame Street, while in US Sea World/Busch have the rights.
Problem solved if Universal buys Sea World, maybe they didn't bid on it knowing they might on it soon enough.
Published: February 12, 2013 at 11:25 AMThis is a perfect property for the Busch/Sea World Parks. They all really lack modern iconic characters (aside from Sesame Street), and the characters from Madagascar really tie in well to the parks' use of animal exhibits.
Some may argue that the Happy Feet characters would be better for Sea World, but the Madascar penguins did have their own spin off and should work well with the opening of the new Florida Antarctica exhibit, if Sea World chooses to make that connection.
This tie in may seem relatively minor, but one that matches well with the image of Sea World/Busch Gardens.
Published: February 12, 2013 at 12:20 PMThis will do great things for those parks, and I'm honestly glad Universal didn't get the rights for Madagascar.
Published: February 12, 2013 at 5:28 PMThis is definately a good fit. Also I think with it not being at Universal USA, Busch Gardens will really push these characters a lot more than universal would have. This allows more focus to be placed on these characters
Published: February 12, 2013 at 6:38 PMI'm not sure these Parks really need cartoon characters. I think one of the appeals of these parks is that it doesn't feel like Disneyland. Bringing character and movie franchises to the Parks seems to destroy a bit of their uniqueness. They should focus more on the animals and rides imo. I remember as a kid my parents took me to sea world and the zoo all the time. Back then there were 0 rides. I never needed cartoons to make the experience interesting for me. Kids are flooded daily with media and big business movies/cartoons. Recently at SD zoo they had an ice age 4D attraction. Is that necessary? I mean you can stay home and watch ice age all day if you want, why do that in a zoo with real life exotic animals all around you? Isn't it refreshing to go to a park where that doesn't exist, and its more about wildlife education/conservation?
Published: February 12, 2013 at 8:21 PMBravo for SeaWorld....characters like these are certainly something that has been sorely lacking in their parks. Good move!
Published: February 13, 2013 at 12:10 AMMy hunch is that highly themed Madagascar area could go where Gwazi is after hearing all the bad rumors about that ride's future.