‘Madagascar 2’ premieres in L.A.

Katzenberg, Redstone joke around at screening

HOLLYWOOD — The costumed animal characters walking the green carpet at DreamWorks’ “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” preem on Sunday set such a playful mood that some of the execs caught the bug.

As DreamWorks Animation topper Jeffrey Katzenberg spoke outside Westwood’s Mann Village Theater about the differences between the “Madagascar” installments, he was interrupted by a tickle from a guest behind him. He quickly turned around to find the culprit was Sumner Redstone: “It was either my wife or him,” quipped Katzenberg, who was then given a bear hug by the Viacom topper.

Expounding on the sequel, “Madagascar” co-helmer Tom McGrath said, “It’s a more relatable story about these animals returning to where they belong and how they’re different. The film has a message about not letting others’ impressions dictate who you should be.”

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