Nana (born circa 1925) is an antagonist of the Madagascar series, where she is a minor antagonist of the first movie and the secondary antagonist of the second movie. She is the archenemy of Alex the lion.
She was voiced by Elisa Gabrielli.
Nana's personality changes over her appearances. In the first movie, she appears as an eccentric and aggressive old lady. In The Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper, she is shown to be completely aggressive with anyone, independent of the person's courtesy. But in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, she appears to be a kinder than before, even at one point leading the New Yorkers when she notices that they are in panic, only being aggressive with wild animals; which she sees as no different than domestic animals. Nana seems to be incredibly resistant to injury, as she was able to have a short fight with Alex right after being tugged out of the back of a speeding tour jeep as well as being thrown out of it a second time by the penguins, who reversed over her in the jeep after noticing that she didn't die. However, despite this evident resilience, she is still portrayed as a little old lady; she has a waddling gait and is knocked onto her back when firing a rifle.
Role in the films
She plays very little part in Madagascar. She attacks Alex the Lion with her purse, whacking him several times at the Grand Central Station. She seems to have a strong dislike for him for reasons unknown. In the original film, she is listed as "Old Lady" at the end credits.
She has a much larger role in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa where she is the secondary antagonist. She is first shown with her hat off sadly saying "He [Alex] was a very bad kitty". In the film's premise, Alex is running after one of the tourist vehicles for help from the humans, only to discover that Nana is on there. She recognizes him and almost immediately begins attacking him. This time, however, Alex fights back, but is beat again. Near the end of the movie, she is on the dam, which is knocked down by Alex and co. She is then brought along and Alex tricks Makunga (the main antagonist of the film) and gives him Nana's purse. Makunga accepts the offer, but refuses to give up his role as king, so they release the old lady who is upset that Makunga has her purse. She then starts attacking him and sends him away. In the DVD commentary, it is mentioned that she returned to New York with Makunga in a pet carrier.
In the Madagascar short, A Christmas Caper, she buys Private as a Christmas present for her dog, Mr. Chew, thinking he's a chew toy. The penguins set in to save him from Mr. Chew and end up ransacking her house. She then blames Mr. Chew for all the destruction.