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Melman 3
Background information
Feature films Madagascar
The Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper (cameo)
Merry Madagascar
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Madly Madagascar
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
Short films
Feature firsts
Feature lasts
Television programs
Video games
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Animators Glen Keane
Voice David Schwimmer (adult)
Zachary Gordon (child)
Performance model
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name Melman Mankiewicz III
Other names
Personality Kind, funny, caring, worrisome, frolicsome, loving, shy, brave, frolicsome, neurotic
Appearance Slender cream giraffe with green eyes, brown spots, slightly torned right ear
Occupation Central Park Zoo animal, Gloria's boyfriend, Tightrope dancer
Alignment Good
Goal To return to New York City, then to stay with Circus Zaragoza
Home New York City (upcoming returns), Africa (formerly), Circus Zaragoza (currently)
Allies Alex, Marty, his girlfriend Gloria, King Julien XIII, Maurice, Mort, Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, Private, Mason and Phil, Zuba, Florrie, Vitaly, Gia, Stefano, Sonya, Esmeralda, Esperanza and Ernestina, Dancing Dogs, Manu and Maya, Po, Shifu, Tigress, Crane, Monkey
Enemies Fossas, Nana, Chantel DuBois, Moto Moto (one sided on his side), Tai Lung, Po (Formerly)
Likes Medicine, Gloria, massages, sanitary paces, tight rope
Dislikes Getting sick, arguing, danger, unsanitary places, Moto Moto, Gloria thinking he is dumping her on Valentine's Day
Powers and abilities
Weapons His head
Fate He and his friends decide where to stop on their journey (1st film) He gets with Gloria and boogies with their friends (2nd film)
He dances with his friends during mash-up of Marty's "Afro Circus" song and "I Like To Move It" (3rd film)
Quote "I found another brown spot on my shoulder!"

Melman is one of the two tritagonists of Madagascar, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, and Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted. He is a giraffe, who is somewhat of a hypochondriac, having doses of medicine for meals and doctor's appointments frequently.


Melman's personality deals with medical problems. Melman even complains about having spots on his neck. Despite this, he has a good heart.


Melman had a residence at the Central Park Zoo, where he would receive constant medical treatment for problems, that (oddly enough) were all a figment of his imagination.


Melman would undergo MRI machines, CAT scans, injections, flu shots, and be put into braces and crutches for no particular purpose at all.


In the Central Park Zoo, Melman received treatment, and was so used to his cushy life taking pills and undergoing treatments. One night, however, Marty escaped, and Melman immediately told Alex and Gloria.


In a flashback in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, there is a hint that Melman had a crush on Gloria as a child (as he seems uncomfortable when she comments that Alex is cute).

Plot for the Rest of his Role in the Second Film

When the animals nearly die, trying to fly back to New York in a salvaged airplane, Melman shouts that he is in love with Gloria. However, she is asleep and doesn't hear this. In Africa, Melman is horrified to learn that once a giraffe becomes sick, it has no way to survive and therefore, must simply wait in a hole to die. He takes the position of Witch Doctor (but introduces them to modern medicine) to cure sick animals, giving them longer and better lives.

While Melman proves to be very good at this job, he is informed by another giraffe that Melman has a brown spot on his shoulder. Thinking that he only has two days to live, Melman initially waits in a hole, but then takes King Julian's advice and goes to declare his love to Gloria. He finds her on a date and screams at her date what a wonderful girl Gloria is and to treat her right. When the watering hole dries up and King Julian decides to sacrifice an animal for the Water Gods, Melman offers himself. He is saved at the last moment, when Gloria tells him that she loves him back, it becomes apparent that the "brown spot" was not fatal, and that Alex is in need of rescue.


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