The Wild 2006

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An adolescent lion is accidentally shipped from the New York Zoo to Africa. Now running free, his zoo pals must put aside their differences to help bring him back.

Starring:
Kiefer Sutherland,Janeane Garofalo
Runtime:
1 hour, 18 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Children & Family, Animated, Action & Adventure
Director Steve Williams
Starring Kiefer Sutherland, Janeane Garofalo
Supporting actors Eddie Izzard, James Belushi, Richard Kind, William Shatner
Studio Disney
BBFC rating Universal, suitable for all
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3.5 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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11 of 13 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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4 of 5 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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By M. Buck on 15 Jan. 2013
Format: DVD
This is never gunna be a oscar winner, but its good harmless family fun that my son loves, Its a cross between the lion king and madagascar, and as some others have said, in comparison to other animated movies this does seem a little dated. But somehow I doubt this got the same budget, and its not bad, its pretty good, its just no up there with the best.

Its got a decent story, son accidentally taken from the zoo, dad lion goes after him (no mention of mum lion), characters are good and Eddie Izard gives it a bit of a comedy touch along with the camelions.

Overall, if your kid likes movies based around animals like the two above then they will like it.
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Format: DVD
This is pretty much the same as madagascar in the plot stakes, it also has a number of big names doing the voices. That is where they are alike, this is a good looking film, madagascar is ok but has an ugly style. Madagascar tries to be funny and falls flat on its face and becomes really annoying, the wild is moderately successful in the humour stakes.
My two year old found some of the visuals scary at first but now she has fallen in love with the film. I wouldn't put it in the same league as most of disneys 2D output but it is a fair stab at the 3D element. they have the technical know how, they just need to use it a slightly more engaging film.
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