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DreamWorks Animation put high technology to work for its upcoming "fish out of water" comedy, "Madagascar."

Bringing 'Madagascar' to life

Animal characters get washed ashore in DreamWorks' newest computer-animated comedy, "Madagascar." Left to right: Marty the Zebra (voice of Chris Rock), Alex the Lion (Ben Stiller), Gloria the Hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Melman the Giraffe (David Schwimmer).

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Bringing 'Madagascar' to life

Two penguins, Skipper (left, with voice by Tom McGrath) and Private (Chris Knight), scheme to escape a Manhattan zoo in "Madagascar."

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Bringing 'Madagascar' to life

Ben Stiller gives Alex the Lion a voice.

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Bringing 'Madagascar' to life

Phillippe Gluckman, visual-effects supervisor for "Madagascar," talks about the countless zeros and ones that went into rendering the complex computer-generated jungle scenes.

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Bringing 'Madagascar' to life

Rex Grignon, in charge of character animation for the film, talks about age-old "squash and stretch" animation techniques used to create the character movements in "Madagascar."

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Bringing 'Madagascar' to life

Kendal Cronkhite, head of production design on "Madagascar," laughs during a talk about the evolution of computer animation.

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