Crackalackin (And a Giveaway!)

Guess what?  I’m doing my first-ever Runaway Mama giveaway!  As Lightning McQueen would say, “Ka-Chow!”  Except this post is about “Madagascar,” so as Marty would say, “That’s off the chizain!”

Before I explain the promotion, let me tell you a story.

A few years ago, Mike and I received a frantic call from our babysitter.  After she put Dylan to bed, she heard him through the baby monitor saying, “I can’t breathe, can’t breathe, darkness creeping in.  Can’t breathe, walls closing in around me.  So alone, so alone.”  After we stopped laughing, we explained to her that Dylan wasn’t hallucinating; rather, he was performing a monologue from his favorite movie, “Madagascar.”  It was from the scene where Alex, the lion, is stuck in a crate en route to Madagascar.

And so began our wild ride with Dylan and “Madagascar.”  That Halloween, Dylan refused to wear a costume.  In fact, he opted out of Halloween altogether, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t try like hell to make him a costume he would love (Crafty and Crazy Mama!).  Behold:

A flat screen television and remote control showing the movie!  I was particularly proud of this costume (check out the craftsmanship on the remote control!), and when Dylan refused to wear it (and after I finished weeping from his disapproval), I wore it myself.

For Dylan’s third birthday, he had a “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” cake:

This was one of his favorite birthday presents:

(Who doesn’t belong in this picture?)

Shortly after Dylan’s birthday, we visited the Miami Zoo and saw Alex, Marty, Gloria, and Melman in the flesh!

Notice Dylan’s t-shirt.  In our family, we go hard or we go home.

That spring, Dylan’s preschool teachers told me the story of how each child in the class was asked to name their favorite animal during circle time.  When it was Dylan’s turn to answer, he said (after a long, pensive, and concerning silence), “Alex, Marty, Gloria, and Melman.”

These days, “Madagascar” and “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” play on a continuous loop (between “Cars 2” and “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”) on our DVD player.  Riley is catching up nicely, which is a good thing, because “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” will be in theaters in June.

And here’s where I tell you about my super-exciting, first-ever Runaway Mama giveaway!  Yah!  Here are the details:

Ten lucky SOUTH FLORIDA readers have the chance to win passes to an advanced screening of “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” on Saturday, June 2nd at 10:30 a.m. at either the AMC Sunset Place in South Miami or the Cinemark Paradise in Davie.  

Now that’s CRACKALACKIN!  (Long distance readers, hang in there.  Eventually, I’ll go national.)

If you’d like to enter (each winner can invite three guests), leave a comment here telling me why you love “Madagascar” and/or who your favorite character is. (In case you’re wondering, my favorite character is Melman.  For obvious reasons, I can relate to his anxiety and hypochondriacal tendencies.)

Please do not enter if you can’t arrange your own transportation and/or lodging.  Winners will receive movie tickets ONLY.  As Alex would say, “Don’t bite the hand that feeds ya!”

The deadline to enter is midnight on Friday, May 25th.  After that, I’ll choose 10 winners at random.  Good luck!



Filed under birthday, Crazy Mama, Halloween, Madagascar, movie, zoo

7 responses to “Crackalackin (And a Giveaway!)

  1. heatherlgreg

    If I were more of a Madagascar fan……..but what a cool giveaway!!!!


  2. motherlove

    I really enjoyed reading this and must say Dylan rocks because he knows the cool movies to watch. I have two boys Daiyen 5 and Atiba 9, Daiyen loves both Madagascar and Cars. If he could watch them every day he would but I have to think about Atiba too. I love both movies too and would like to enter into the giveaway. King Julian just thinking about his part in the move cracks me up “I like to move it move it”, he always makes me want to dance. Melman and his love for Gloria is so sweet, I would never forget how he told Moto Moto all the things that were special about Gloria and when he though they were going to die on the plane he starts confessing his feelings out loud for her. Gloria’s is the mother she keeps them in line and does not hesitate saying what’s on her mind (this is me). You can’t forget the friendship between Alex and Marty these two are night and day. How could anyone forget the penguins they also help in making the movie funny too, we can’t wait for Madagascar 3 Europe’s Most Wanted comes out. Thank Dylan for inspiring your mom and thank you Jennifer for the blog 🙂


  3. Cindy

    Gotta love our boys for becoming obsessed with something and NEVER getting over it! Therefor we, the moms, become obsessed with the movie and buying all the characters and toys that go along with it!! I think all the characters in the movie are so cute and hilarious…can’t wait to see what they come up with for this movie!


  4. Karen

    Loooooove to see that we nailed D’s birthday present that year! Sophia was obsessed with Cinderella and Dylan with Madagascar. At least we know that they have the ability to focus, right?!?!? Madagascar 2 is in the DVD player right now and Sage keeps having me start it over from the beginning every time I walk in the room. Looks like he is taking a page out of Dylan’s book!


  5. Marisa

    Sadie is obsessed with Madagascar and has been waiting for the third movie to come out! Her favorite character is Gloria, so she’s mine too! 🙂


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