The film begins on Marty’s 10th birthday (middle-aged for a zebra). His friends try to give him a great birthday, but somehow, Marty wants more. He escapes the , where he had lived for the past ten years, and makes a dash for the wild. His friends, Alex the Lion, Melman the Giraffe, and Gloria the Hippopotamus, flag him down, but as they are about to take him back to the zoo, police officers and animal control officers appear in all directions, tranquilize the animals, and send them on a ship to a wildlife preserve in . The take over the ship and the four friends are washed up on the shores of .
Alex the Lion (also known as Alakay to his parents) is the main protagonist of the film series. He is a lion and "The King of New York." He was born in Africa. His father, , the alpha lion of his herd, tried to teach him to hunt, though Alex wanted to dance. When Makunga, Zuba's rival, tried to take his place as alpha lion, a group of human hunters trapped Alex and tamed him. Zuba couldn't save him. Ever since, he has lived in the Central Park Zoo, though he, and his three friends, , , and , have been shipped to the titular location, Madagascar.
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Alex the Lion (also known as Alakay to his parents) is the main protagonist of the film series. He is a golden lion and 's best friend. He was born in Africa.
Alex (also known as Alex the Lion, or Alakay from his parents) is one of the main protagonists in , and the protagonist of , and . He is the king of New York, 's, ', and 's best friend, and 's and 's son (as revealed in ). He and Marty, Melman, and Gloria are now part of a circus family since Madagascar 3. He also appears in the Madagascar video game. In all of the media, he is voiced by as an adult, while in the second film, as a cub, he is voiced by both Declan Swift and Quinn Dempsey-Stiller (Ben's real-life then-toddler son).