Makunga is the main antagonist in the 2008 computer-animated film, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa. He is voiced by Alec Baldwin, who played Lawrence Quinn from Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat, Mr. Conductor from Thomas and the Magic Railroad and Dennis the Hitman from The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.


Madagascar: Escape 2 AfricaEdit

He is seen at the beginning of the film, where Alex is a young cub. Zuba asks Makunga why he wants to become Alpha Lion to which he responds, "I'm better looking, I have better hair. I'm deceivingly smart. And I want everyone else to do what I say." When Zuba fights him, Alex wanders off, getting captured by poachers and eventually ending up in New York.

Years later, Alex and his friends wind up in Africa, and Alex reunites with his parents. Makunga thinks of using him as an advantage to finally become the Alpha lion. He tells Alex to fight Teetsi (a large, slender, muscular lion who is also Makunga's henchman). When Alex loses the fight (he lost because he thought that it is a dance contest), Makunga dethroned Zuba as Alpha lion and banished Alex, Zuba and Florrie and makes Alex wear The Hat of Shame. When the water hole is dried, he told the animals to go off the reserve to find water, thus the animals criticize his leadership.

After the dam was destroyed and the water was returned, Alex and Zuba trick Makunga by giving him Nana's Handbag to him, then releasing the old lady. When Nana sees Makunga holding her purse, she proceeds to attack him, by kicking him in the crotch, stomping on his foot, whacking his paw with a ruler, wet-willying him, arm-burning, and spanking him before taking him away.

The DVD commentary confirms that "Nana brought Makunga back to New York in a kitty cage".


Makunga is a fat dark tan lion with a black mane with a gray streak in it when he is older and green eyes.


Makunga is very greedy, pompous, bitter, cocky, mean, sneaky, tricky, cunning, impatient, scandalous, egotistical, manipulative, power-hungry, arrogant, snide, crafty, and conceited overall in nature.