The US is only a few shorts weeks away from seeing the third instalment in the Madagascar series hit the big screen, and after getting the first full-length trailer back in March, the first clip from the film has now made its way online.

Co-directed by original directors from the first two films, Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath, and joined by Conrad Vernon (Monsters vs. Aliens), the film sees the return of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Cedric the Entertainer, Andy Richter, and of course Sacha Baron Cohen voicing the beloved King Julien, with Bryan Cranston and Jessica Chastain topping the newcomers.

“Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo, and Melman the Giraffe are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple and of course, King Julien, Maurice and the Penguins are all along for the comedic adventure. Their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent – Madagascar style.”

Darnell penned the original script, with the ever-brilliant Noah Baumbach doing a re-write, so it’s safe to say that we’re in for a great family comedy that should appeal to all ages. The sequel, Escape 2 Africa, was absolutely brilliant, to expect another awesome return with the latest instalment.

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted will be making its way to US theatres in 3D on 8th June, after debuting at Cannes this month. Here in the UK, for reasons that escape me entirely, we’ve got longer to wait, with its release set for 19th October. Here’s the first clip to tie you over, which debuted over at Yahoo Movies. Enjoy.