Alex, Melman, Gloria, and Marty kiss Madagascar goodbye, and are bound for NYC on King Julian of the lemurs' plane. The plane crash lands in Africa, and Alex swears he has been here before. Apparently, Alex as a young cub used to live on this reserve, until he was abducted by hunters. His dad the alpha lion Zuba runs after him, but they are separated. Alex falls into a ravine into the river, and floats out into the sea, all the way to New York where he is adopted at the zoo. Zuba thinks Alex is gone forever. Now, in Africa, Alex and his friends see the abundant animal life, where they finally belong. Zuba and his wife arrives, checking on the new arrivals, and realizes that Alekei, or Alex, has come back home. Makunga, a scheming lion sees this as his chance to steal the alpha position from Zuba. He proposes a ceremonial test of fighting skill for Alex, knowing he will fail, the consequence of which is banishment from the pride. Alex agrees, all the while thinking it is a dance contest. So as Makunga predicts, Alex loses the fight. Alex and his family steps down, and Makunga is the new leader. When the animals encounter a severe drought, Alex steps up to fix it. He restores the water supply through a daring attempt against humans in the jungle, and manages to destroy the blocked water dam. He wins the favor of his father, and dethrones Makunga. Alex and his friends decide to stick around Africa, their long lost motherland.
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Best part of story, including ending:
From a foreign land Madagascar, to another strange new place, Alex adapts to his surroundings with humor and wit.
Best scene in story:
When Alex dance-fights the other lion, and gets knocked out.
Opinion about the main character:
Alex is a survivor, from cub to adulthood.