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The Wild [Blu-ray] [2006] [US Import]

Kiefer Sutherland , James Belushi , Steve 'Spaz' Williams    Blu-ray
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kiefer Sutherland, James Belushi, Eddie Izzard, Janeane Garofalo, William Shatner
  • Directors: Steve 'Spaz' Williams
  • Writers: Bill Wolkoff, David Collard, Ed Decter, John J. Strauss, Lloyd Taylor
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, Dubbed, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: G (General Audience) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Nov 2006
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000J6I0VQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 245,386 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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 Wild is hodgepodge--it's never clear why these mismatched creatures are friends and plot elements seem haphazardly plucked from Finding Nemo, Madagascar, and Ice Age 2: The Meltdown (though the latter two were made at the same time as The Wild, so it's just unfortunate for this movie that they came out first). Despite a general air of manic desperation, The Wild does 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--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 keep The Wild from the brink of disaster. --Bret Fetzer


Ryan, a lion cub, worships his father, Sampson (Kiefer Sutherland), the brawny, brave, uncontested king of a New York City zoo. The film opens as Ryan listens adoringly as Sampson recounts yet another tale of roaring wildebeest into submission on the African savannah. While the zoo animals cavort, Ryan slips into a metal crate bound overseas for a chance to see "the wild" for himself. Now Sampson, with the help of his loyal friends Benny the squirrel (James Belushi), Nigel the koala bear (Eddie Izzard), Bridget the giraffe (Janeane Garafalo), and Larry the snake (Richard Kind), must brave the New York City jungle and then the actual jungle to save his son from the clutches of a crazed wildebeest with aspirations to carnivorousness (William Shatner). To make things worse, Sampson confesses that his heroic stories were fabrications; he's completely lost in his wild surroundings, unable to fight off a rabid poodle or eat a sassy hyrax. Since Antz hit our screens in 1993, computer-animated films about chatty animals have proliferated, but The Wild is perhaps the first that is heavily influenced by its immediate predecessors, taking a little plot from Madagascar, adding healthy doses of the Ice Age films, and borrowing heavily from the father-son sentiments of The Lion King (the animals actually pass a Times Square theatre showing ). However, originality isn’'t the draw here: it's the world-class voice-acting by Hollywood heavies, and the non-stop slapstick antics that will have children screaming with delight. Amid all the ridiculousness, parents will appreciate the wry asides by Eddie Izzard's koala bear.

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A wholesome, funny family film 11 July 2007
'The Wild' is basically a father-son story about the relationship between Samson the lion and his son, Ryan, residents of the New York Zoo. Samson is forever regaling his son with stories of his days in the wild, and Ryan feels inadequate growing up in his father's shadow. What he doesn't know is that his father's stories are just that - Samson too was born in captivity and has never been to the wild.

When Ryan decides to go to the wild himself, inside one of the green boxes that the animals have heard take you there, Samson mounts a rescue mission together with his friends Benny the squirrel, Larry the anaconda, Bridget the giraffe and Nigel the koala. On their eventual arrival in Africa, however, they must contend with a deranged herd of wildebeest who are determined to ascend to the top of the food chain by eating a lion, and Samson is forced to admit his stories of his exploits in the wild were fictional.

Father and son are finally reunited, and are able to reconnect and start to build a new and deeper relationship with each other.

Though 'The Wild' has obvious similarities to the Dreamworks film 'Madagascar', in that both feature New York Zoo animals who escape and travel to the wild, there are some important differences. For one thing, the animation of 'The Wild' is vastly superior to that of 'Madagascar' - both the appearance and movement of the characters is excellent. For another, where 'Madagascar' is a non-stop comedy romp with no real substance, 'The Wild' has a much more meaningful plot, with the emphasis on family, honesty and being true to yourself. This is not to say, however, that 'The Wild' is not humorous - it has many hilarious moments, with Nigel the koala (voiced by Eddie Izzard) stealing the show.

In all, a delightful film for children and animal-loving adults alike.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than most people give it credit for 11 Aug 2006
The Wild is not original or mould breaking (although it does contain some of the most stunning animation I have ever seen). But it does what it sets out to do, Entertain.

It is vastly better than that other 'New York Zoo Animals Escape film' that shall not be named as that was appalling.

I consider myself an animation fan in all it forms and this film is a worthy addition to the art form.

It is funny and touching, telling a simple story well. It can be slightly rushed in places but overall a good film.

Ignore any review that starts off with 'This is finding Nemo meets 'New York Zoo Animals Escape film'' and take it on its own merits. It deserves that at least.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More Fun than Madagascar 14 Nov 2006
By Mr. Ross Maynard VINE VOICE
Two films about furry talking animals escaping the zoo coming out at the same time - no one would have believed it 10 years ago !. Personally I hated Madagascar - no plot, just animals with attitude giving backchat: pointless. "The Wild" has much better animation and actually does have something of a storyline (ok so it's The Lion King meets Finding Nemo). "The Wild" also has much better voice talent (particularly Eddie Izzard) making it much more interesting and fun. Our seven year old prefers it too.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Something good and something really bad... 24 Nov 2006
It is similar to Madagascar but not the same this is the story of a zoo lion and his friends who race off to save the lion's son who has been shipped back to the wild. The movie is the race to find the son before he gets to the wild and what happens once they get there.

I have to start by saying the voice cast is top notch here. Everyone does an excellent job. However I must single out Jim Belushi and Eddie Izzard as turning in classic animated performances. Belushi plays a street smart squirrel who is in love with a giraffe and he is a ball of fun. Its clear why he is the best friend of Keifer Sutherland's lion. He is a joy to behold.

Even better is Eddie Izzard as Nigel, a koala who is totally crazed. Izzard is in constant motion and is constantly chattering about everyone and everything and he effectively turns a movie about a lion and his cub into a movie about a deluded koala with a tenuous grasp on reality. Izzard's Nigel will probably go down in history as one of the great cartoon characters of all time.


The problem with this movie is that it was made by guys who until this film made their living making soulless special effects for soulless action films. The net effect is a soulless film. There is no pacing, there is little sense of danger. Worse the characters inhabit a world that isn't real. In this world, especially in the New York scenes, no one exists except the characters. They drive all through the city and encounter no one. There are no other cars on the street. To be frank there is no sign of life anywhere. Its terrible. It kills the film. Its sad but as alive the actors are their animated characters, while looking good, come across as dead constructs.

Still the movie is worth seeing.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We Roared With Laughter 1 Feb 2011
I have to admit, I was very skeptical before watching this film. I'd listened to some rather negative opinions of the film, but after finding out that these 'critics' had never even seen the film, I popped it into the DVD player, squeezed in between my friends on the sofa, and awaited the beginning.

Considering this is a Disney film without the help of Pixar, the animation is rather good. The storyline is a good one too, although it shouted Madagascar [DVD] [2005. On many levels though, I believe that The Wild is better than Madagascar.

Ryan is a Lion who wants to go to the wild where his Dad, Samson, once lived. When he manages to get himself shipped to Africa, his Father and friends go on a mission to find him and bring him home safely. When they finally make it to Africa, they must rescue Ryan from an evil wildebeest called Kazar who is planning to have him killed. They also have a volcano which is on the edge of eruption to contend with.

This is probably the funniest of all the Disney films, as every 2, 3 minutes or so there is another joke. My favourite character in the film is Nigel the Koala. He is just hilarious. A couple of my favourite lines from the movie are his, one such line is this:

[A Pack of dogs run away from Nigel and the other animals]
Nigel: Go on, you mutts! Stupid dogs, we could've taken you.
[The pack of dogs return]
Nigel: Taken you to a... disco.

Children and teenagers alike with love this film, adults will adore it to. I can't wait to get this film on DVD myself, I hope it isn't a long wait!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Numbered spine ✓
They now come with Numbered Spine but no DMR code included (not eligible apparently)

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4.0 out of 5 stars The wild
It was delivered on time It was in good condition too, the story was good my two little grandsons really enjoyed the story. I am glad I perchased it for them.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't come with a numbered spine.
Extremely disappointed with this product, as I received an older addition of this dvd which has no number 46 on the spine, if you are also like me and trying to collect the new... Read more
Published 2 months ago by E. J. Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent movie
This was far better than Madagascar and the graphics are amazing. A brilliant family movie recommended for all. Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong country zone
The DVD I bought can only be viewed in the States and Canada! Shame this was not clearer from the website.
Published 4 months ago by Edith Rigby
2.0 out of 5 stars A film of many missed opportunities
The first two minutes or so of The Wild are very promising. They have a very snappy, cartoony style, culminating in a 14,000 foot wildebeest, and you think to yourself that you... Read more
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Ryan, a zoo lion, wants to go to the wild, where his dad once lived. When he gets himself shipped to Africa, his dad, and friends, work together to bring him back. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
5.0 out of 5 stars love this film
this film is possibly the best film I have ever seen it is a shame they didnt make anougher film it would of been amazing.
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