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[3.5]--The Wild was giving so little time for an unoriginal premise.

  • Sep 19, 2006
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I wanted to see this movie since the day it came out but lost the chance like some others. I wanted to see it for Eddie Izzard and for the fact that Madagascar stole their idea and got their film out first. How is this film going to be any different from Madagascar? Disney and Dream Works are in direct competition. The Wild was in production for quite sometime due to the fallout of Pixar and the discovery of a new animation team to finish the film. It just so happens that Madagascar was rushed and released before The Wild, making Disney look like the bad guy. That being said I have to be honest and say the two are similar..... By premise only. Both films obviously contain a group of animals escaping the New York Zoo to go to the wild. That alone leaves plenty of room for creativity and The Wild accomplishes just that. Some feel that this film should have gone straight to DVD because it was aimed at 5 year olds which isn't a bad thing but definitely not for the theater crowd and probably for the kid's parents.

I have to admit that the story was a bit crazy and aloof at times but I got quickly over it. I enjoyed this film from beginning to end with my kids. Its quite good, full of jokes, has an amazing attention to detail and visually stunning. I actually found myself laughing at some parts of this film. Plus the movie includes morals and lessons to be learned for the kiddies. I did however LOVE Eddie's performance as Nigel. That really was one of the only redeeming qualities of this movie.

The Wild didn't FEEL like a typical Disney movie, kind of like 'Home on the Range'. It's like Disney is trying to jump into the Shrek/Ice Age market. The problem is that I don't want that from Disney. They should seriously reconsider on sticking to the Lion King and Little Mermaid animation because that's what they do best. There's is nothing wrong on going back to your own roots and I believe a lot of parents would agree with me when I say that they should head back to "Classic Disney."

Many are probably are reluctant to see this film given the timing. But I urge you to give The Wild a chance and you just might be surprised.

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A cuddly koala who wants to be fierce, a squirrel in love with a sarcastic giraffe, an addle-pated anaconda, and a lion with a secret set off from their cozy zoo to rescue the lion's adolescent cub from an accidental kidnapping. After braving the dangers of the big city and stealing a boat, they find themselves in the African jungle, where a renegade herd of wildebeest have decided they want to change their position on the food chain (understandable, really).The Wildis hodgepodge--it's never clear why these mismatched creatures are friends and plot elements seem haphazardly plucked fromFinding Nemo,Madagascar, andIce Age: The Meltdown(though the latter two were made at the same time asThe Wild, so it's just unfortunate for this movie that they came out first). Despite a general air of manic desperation,The Wilddoes have its strengths: The animation is richly realistic, leading to some gorgeous depictions of light (not exactly a selling point for kids, but adults can appreciate it). Several characters pop out--a pair of sewer crocodiles sound like NPR's Car Talk guys; William Shatner (Star Trek,Boston Legal) is effectively scary as the cult-leader/choreographer of the wildebeest; and comedian Eddie Izzard lends some of his trademark smart and silly humor to Nigel, the disgruntled koala bear. Successful bits and pieces don't make for a great movie, but they keepThe Wildfrom the brink of disaster.--Bret Fetzer
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