Sure, it's been pushed by Disney as Free Willy in the Jungle--probably because it was directed by Simon Wincer, who helmed the original whale-human bonding movie--but this kids' flick is definitely its own stinky animal. Set in Vietnam during the height of U.S. involvement there, the film follows the misadventures of a group of Green Berets (including aw-shucks Danny Glover, by-the-book Ray Liotta, and weaselly, contraband-producing Denis Leary) as they try to secure the favor of an elder in a strategically important village. To do this, they must defy orders and produce a live elephant to replace the village's dead mascot. What follows is a lengthy journey through the jungle, punctuated by rote bouts of bickering between flexible Glover and rigid Liotta (who is so rigid, in fact, that his neck veins sometime look like they're about to explode) over the health and well-being of their new four-ton pal, a playful pachyderm named Bo Tat. The conflicts, of course, aren't really conflicts at all--they exist mainly to prolong the plot so that it fills out a feature-length program slot. And, ultimately, all's well that ends well, with a predictable outcome that seems downright surreal because it occurs in the middle of the Tet Offensive. For all its situational weirdness and filmmaking subcompetence, there's something about humans interacting with giant, friendly animals that just works. Adults may suffer through it, but kids will eat it up faster than a bag of warm circus peanuts.