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The Wild (G)





Release Date: April 14th, 2006 by Walt Disney Pictures.
The Voices: Kiefer Sutherland, James Belushi, Greg Cipes, Janeane Garofalo, Eddie Izzard, Richard Kind, Patrick Warburton, William Shatner.
Directed by Steve "Spaz" Williams.

BASIC PREMISE: Samson (Sutherland), a lion, goes on a rescue mission, along with other zoo animals, to find his son Ryan (Cipes), who accidentally gets shipped to Africa.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: The Wild suffers from the same problem found in Ice Age: The Meltdown : it simply lacks the humor found in better CGI-animated films such as Finding Nemo, Shrek, The Incredibles, and even in Madagascar because too much attention was spent on the animation rather than the script. Sure, the plot seems derivative and predictable, but with a better script, it could have been at least been funny and engaging as well. Ryan, a young cub, feels sad that he canít find his roar, so he isolates himself in a truck which sends animals via ship to Africa. Joining Samson the lion on his rescue mission is Bridget (Garofalo) the giraffe, Larry (Kind) the anaconda, Benny (Belushi) the squirrel, and Nigel (Izzard) the koala. Their escape from the zoo only generates a few giggles when Nigel gets his head stuck in an empty paint can and comes out of it with a square head. Eventually, they tall manage to take over a small ship and to locate the ship carrying Ryan. Once in Africa, they confront Kazar (Shatner), the evil leader of the wildebeests who threatens to take over the food chain. Unfortunately, the only real comic relief throughout this film is Nigel the koala, but, just like with Scrat in Ice Age: The Meltdown, there arenít enough scenes with him. The impressive, colorful CGI effects do keep your eyes somewhat entertained, but thatís not nearly enough to keep you entertained even during its brief running time of 85 minutes.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: Unfortunately, none.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: A weak, messy script without enough humor.

NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 4

IN A NUTSHELL: Beautifully-animated and lively, but ultimately lacking in the humor department.

RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: TV


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