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The Wild [DVD]

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  • Directors: Steve Williams
  • Producers: Beau Flynn, Clint Goldman
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Sept. 2006
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GQMKU6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,754 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Animated comedy in which an odd assortment of animals from the New York Zoo discover what a jungle the city can be when one of their own is mistakenly shipped to the wild. When an adolescent lion (Greg Cipes) is accidentally shipped from the New York Zoo to Africa, his zoo pals, including Samson the lion (voice of Kiefer Sutherland), Benny the squirrel (Jim Belushi), Bridget the giraffe (Janeane Garofalo), Larry the Anaconda (Richard Kind), Kazar the wildebeest (William Shatner) and Nigel the koala bear (Eddie Izzard) must put aside their differences to help bring him back.


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 --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Lone Wolf on 11 July 2007
Format: DVD
'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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Antony Blane on 11 Aug. 2006
Format: DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Beaumont TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 May 2015
Format: DVD
The Wild is a nice little film. It's by no means as good as other Disney moves, but at the same time it's not THAT bad.

It starts off with two Lions in a Zoo. Samson (the dad), teaching his son, Ryan, how to raw, and telling him all this wonderful stories about the wild. Father & son have a bit of a argument when Ryan storms off & walks into a large green box, he falls asleep and accidentally gets shipped to New York!

Soon after, Samson & a few other animals go chasing after the truck to find little Ryan.... I wont say any more as i don't want to give away the plot. But it really is such a sweet little movie!

The main film running time is 1 hour 18 mins long & the DVD has full English subtitles.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Charly Dunning on 1 Feb. 2011
Format: DVD
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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This movie may not have the universal appeal of many Disney movies, but it's an unsung hero all the same and I can't stop going back and watching some or all of it once more. There's plenty of funny scenes (some involving bottom pinching!) and sharp dialogue, well-pitched cartoon physics and sound effects, and there is a genuine plot that is great to follow.
There's several celebrity voices, as is usual with modern animations. Kiefer Sutherland leads the way as Sampson, a lion from a New York Zoo, who's trying and failing to inspire his son Ryan with false stories of a fictional life in the wild, but then is called on to be the hero he never actually was to save Ryan from being taken away to Africa forever. James Belushi is razor sharp as Benny the squirrel, who is besotted with Bridget, a stubborn but occasionally nervous giraffe voiced by Janeane Garofalo, who might, just might, eventually submit to his charm on their voyage to Africa. In Africa they fall foul of Kazar (William Shatner), a gaunt, mad-eyed wildebeest who has founded a cult that he hopes will elevate his fellow bovines to the status of predators over the lions. The best voice, however, is that of Nigel the wacky koala bear (Eddie Izzard), who resents the fact he has inspired a popular talking plushie doll, but then becomes drunk with power as he finds Kazar's cult worship him as a god.
Pop culture threads through The Wild at numerous levels, such as Kazar paraphrasing James Cagney in White Heat ("Top of the world/food chain, Ma!"), Larry the python channelling the Cowardly Lion from The Wizard Of Oz ("I do believe in spooks! I do I do I do!"), or a scene involving a dustcart that very subtly references the garbage masher scene in Star Wars Episode IV.
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