At the beginning of the 1st film, Marty lived a life of comfort in the Central Park Zoo, but comfort led to boredom, and Marty soon saw that his 10th birthday came and went, and with that, his life was halfway in. Then, Marty decided that he must travel to the wild for at least a short time, never having seen the wild before.

The film begins on Marty’s 10th birthday. His friends try to give him a great birthday, but somehow, Marty wants more. He escapes the Central Park Zoo, in which he lives, 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're about to take him back to the zoo, police officers appear in all directions, tranquilize the animals, and send them on a ship to Kenya. However, the penguins take over the ship and the four friends are washed up on the shores of


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