Thursday, 7 June 2012

The Wild Review

The Wild 

Release Date: 28th September 2006 - Australia

Production Companies
C.O.R.E. Feature Animation
Hoytyboy Pictures
Nigel Productions
Walt Disney Pictures

Walt Disney Studios Motion 
Pictures Australia

Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: G

Runtime: 94 minutes

Budget: $80,000,000

Box Office Gross: $102,338,515

Plot Summary
Ryan is a lion who wants
to the wild, where his dad
(Samson) once lived. When
he gets himself shipped to
Africa, his zoo friends (and
Samson) work together to
bring him back. When they
get to Africa, however,
the animals find themselves
in a pile of danger. They
have to fight an evil
wildebeest called Kazar.
But Kazar's safe compared
to the other danger on the
island - a volcano that's
on the edge of eruption.
Can the animals find Ryan
and get out of Africa before
the volcano erupts in so little

Voice Cast
Kiefer Sutherland - Samson
the Lion
Dominic Scott Kay - Young Samson
Jim Belushi - Benny the Squirrel
Greg Cipes - Ryan the Lion Cub
Janeane Garofalo - Bridget the Giraffe
Richard Kind - Larry the Snake
Eddie Izzard - Nigel the Koala
William Shatner - Kazar the Wildebeest
Patrick Warburton - Blag the Wildebeest

Additional Story Material/Director -
Steve 'Spaz' Williams
Story/Screenplay - Mark Gibson &
Philip Halprin
Screenplay - Ed Decter & John J. Strauss
Additional Story Material - Bill Wolkoff,
David Collard, Matt Lopez &
Lloyd Taylor
Executive Producers - Kevin Lima &
Will Vinton
Producers - Beau Flynn & Clint Goldman
CG Supervisor - John Mariella
Film Editors - Scott Balcerek &
Steven L. Wagner
Music - Alan Silverstri

THE WILD has good humour and splendid animation, unfortunately the movie was way too similar to MADAGASCAR which came out one year before THE WILD. It has a terrific voice cast particularly Eddie Izzard who of course did a amazing job of voicing the koala and even Jim Belushi (whose voice sounds almost like Seth Rogen) does the same for the squirrel.

I'm pleased that the film didn't get made by Disney as they only distributed the movie, I feel this movie could have been a disadvantage as a result of C.O.R.E animation studio. Due to the fact that they only have three animated features. If the film had been in the hands of Pixar or Blue Sky, perhaps this movie would have been more appealing in regards to the story-line and more punch-lines or more sarcasm.

Star rating: (3/5) Average

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