Jada Pinkett-Smith was accompanied by her husband Will Smith and daughter Willow,11, to the Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted premiere today (June 7, 2012) in New York City. Jada voices the role of Gloria the hippo in the animated film.


The actress was recently asked what she finds intriguing about animation and she responded, “I think what I like most about children’s movies are how sophisticated the themes are, and at the same time how unsophisticated the themes are (laughs). It gives a child an opportunity, especially with animation, to exercise imagination. When you open a child’s mind in that way, there are lots of information, or things that a child can absorb unconsciously. That’s one of my favorite aspects of animation, of how sophisticated the relationships are and can be. To also kind of broaden emotional intelligence in children, which I think is most important. That’s my favorite aspect. ”

Madagascar 3 opens in theaters nationwide Friday, June 8th

Photos: Photo by Mike Coppola

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