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Disney swings and misses

  • Nov 1, 2008
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Chorus:
A little Madagascar
A little Lion King
A little Finding Nemo
Not enough of anything

Lion, Giraffe, Koala, Snake
A squirrel they call Benny
I asked my son which one he liked
He said to me "Not any!"

Escaping from the NY Zoo
Inside a garbage truck
I begged my son to watch this one
But sad to say - no luck

Repeat chorus

Down in the sewers lurk the beasts
Survivors of the flush
If alligators creep you out
Locate "Fast Forward" - PUSH!

Away, away to Africa
They chug off in a boat
But it'll take more than a miracle
To keep this plot afloat

Repeat chorus again

They're following a lion cub
Who got himself displaced
And meet some wildebeests who are
Acquiring new tastes

They settle the unsettled claims
Regarding the food chain
And now that I have watched this once
I won't need to again

Repeat chorus once again

The moral of this dizzy film's
"To thine own self be true"
Don't try to be someone you're not
Or end up in the stew

This movie's one that you can skip
It's patchy and disjointed
If you're hoping for a Disney gem
You will be disappointed



Amanda Richards

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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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