An animated event

Ben Stiller, Chris Rock and Jada Pinkett Smith get warm reception at Netanya's Globus Max Theater for promotion of Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.

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The American movie stars Ben Stiller, Chris Rock and Jada Pinkett Smith were just in Israel to promote Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, the sequel to the animated movie of a similar name. Their reception at the local premiere, hosted at Netanya's Globus Max Theater on the night of Saturday, November 22, was quite warm. Now screening at local theaters, the film features animal characters, voiced by the visiting celebrities, who hope to escape from Madagascar to the African mainland. A comic adventure ensues. Accompanied by producer Jeffrey Katzenberg, they were given the red carpet treatment. The trio stayed at a Tel Aviv hotel and were cheered wherever they went. In response, they patiently signed hundreds of autographs and posed for countless photographs. "This is better than any premiere we have had so far," Stiller told reporters in Jerusalem. His voice-over colleague Rock said that, "It's much better than Hollywood. They don't like us in Hollywood, but here they love us." The crew basked in the local love, so it seems, from their Friday arrival through their Sunday departure, when they continued on their whirlwind world tour. Katzenberg, who accompanied Jerry Seinfeld to Israel last year for the premiere of the comedian's animated debut, Bee Movie, said coming here was worthwhile. The original Madagascar, released in 2005, was a top draw here. AP contributed to this report.