25 best new Netflix movies coming in June 2019

Peter Parker (Jake Johnson), Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld) and Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) in Sony Pictures Animation's SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE.
Peter Parker (Jake Johnson), Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld) and Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) in Sony Pictures Animation's SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE. /
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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 17: Actor Chris Rock arrives for the Australian premiere of `Madagascar – Escape 2 Africa’ at the State Theatre on November 17, 2008 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Gaye Gerard/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 17: Actor Chris Rock arrives for the Australian premiere of `Madagascar – Escape 2 Africa’ at the State Theatre on November 17, 2008 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Gaye Gerard/Getty Images) /

13. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

Release Year: 2008

Directed By: Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath

Starring: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer, Andy Richter, Bernie Mac, Sherri Shepherd, Alec Baldwin, Elisa Gabrielli, will.i.am, John DiMaggio, Al Roker, Fergie

Release Date: Saturday, June 1

More so than any other month in recent memory, there’s more for the littlest binge-watchers to marathon than usual. Netflix is beefing up its content with excellent family-friendly animated films, and June alone boasts some of the biggest hits of the past year, as well as 10-year-old (plus) hits like Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa. Conveniently, these movies arrive just in time for summer vacation, and what’s better to unwind with at the end of a long school year than Madagascar?

Picking up after the events of the first film, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa finds our favorite animals deciding to return to the zoo in New York City and plan their departure from Madagascar. When their airplane crash lands in Africa, the gang encounters members of their species for the first time, but find the disparities between themselves and their wild counterparts to be startling. Even though Africa and its animal residents take some getting used to, the zoo gang wonders if their natural habitat is a better home than Central Park.

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa follows 2005’s Madagascar and spawned the 2012 sequel Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, as well as the 2014 spin-off Penguins of Madagascar. While a fourth film might be in the cards for the future, fans of the franchise can watch Netflix’s original tie-in series All Hail King Julien. There’s no doubt that one of the most bankable animated franchises will return in some shape or form, but for now, the beloved sequel escapes not only to Africa but your watch list when it drops for streaming this month.