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5.0 out of 5 stars Great adaptation
Bought this as one of a few budget titles to sample the 3D capabilities of our first 3D TV. I wasn't expecting too much for the film, but was very pleasantly surprised.

It's an adaptation of 1949 German anti-war story of 'The Animals' Conference' by Erich Kastner, brought up to date with an ecological theme. I think a good compromise was reached, with a degree...
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3.0 out of 5 stars 3D without new TV
Just want to clarify the details on the 3D version. There are 2 discs, and two 3D versions of the movie.

Disc One contains the normal 2D movie, plus a 3D version that requires a newer 3D compatible BluRay player and TV.

Disc Two has a 3D version that will work on (probably) any BluRay player and TV, and these require the use of red/blue glasses, of...
Published on 6 Oct 2011 by D. Roberts


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great adaptation, 24 Jun 2014
Bought this as one of a few budget titles to sample the 3D capabilities of our first 3D TV. I wasn't expecting too much for the film, but was very pleasantly surprised.

It's an adaptation of 1949 German anti-war story of 'The Animals' Conference' by Erich Kastner, brought up to date with an ecological theme. I think a good compromise was reached, with a degree of 'Disneyfication' and holding true to the 'message' of the original.

I liked the characterisation and there's an excellent cast - Stephen Fry, Joanna Lumley, Dawn French, Omid Djalili, Jim Broadbent, Andy Serkis (Gollum inn Lord of the Rings) and Vanessa Redgrave to name a few - though I did find a very high-pitched James Corden a bit irritating as Billy the meerkat.

A bit sentimental in parts, I really enjoyed it, as did our children. A bonus was the excellent use of 3D throughout - for example butterflies which appeared to fly out of the screen towards the viewer and the hunter's long-barrelled rifle firing a tranquilliser dart out of the screen.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3D without new TV, 6 Oct 2011
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Just want to clarify the details on the 3D version. There are 2 discs, and two 3D versions of the movie.

Disc One contains the normal 2D movie, plus a 3D version that requires a newer 3D compatible BluRay player and TV.

Disc Two has a 3D version that will work on (probably) any BluRay player and TV, and these require the use of red/blue glasses, of which, 2 are included within the case. The red/blue is much better than the red/green used over 20 years ago and allows for better colour definition and the 3D is pretty good. As I don't have a 3D TV, I can't compare it to the newer 3D version on Disc One.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ANIMALS UNITED [2010] [3D Blu-ray + 2D Blu-ray], 19 Dec 2014
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ANIMALS UNITED [2010] [3D Blu-ray + 2D Blu-ray] The Perfect Family Movie!

The film is set in Africa's Okavango Delta, and the main characters are a meerkat named Billy [James Corden] and a lion named Socrates [Stephen Fry]. The annual flood has failed to arrive in the Delta, water has become scarce and the native animals fiercely fight over it. Billy and Socrates set out to find more water, and during their quest they meet a rag-tag group of animals from across the world: a polar bear named Sushi [Bella Hudson], a kangaroo named Toby [Jason Donovan], a Tasmanian devil named Smiley [Pete Zarustica[, two Galápagos tortoises named Winifred [Vanessa Redgrave] and Winston [Jim Broadbent], and a chimpanzee named Toto [Jason Griffith], all of whom have had their lives ruined by humans in some way and have travelled to Africa. A German Constantin Film made CGI animated children's feature. It is based on the 1949 book of the same name by Erich Kästner.

Voice Cast: James Corden [Billy], Stephen Fry [Socrates], Joanna Lumley [Giselle], Dawn French [Angie], Vanessa Redgrave [Winifred], Jim Broadbent [Winston], Billie Piper [Bonnie the Meerkat], Andy Serkis [Charles the Cockerel], Jason Donovan [Toby] Omid Djalili [Bongo], Mischa Goodman [Junior], Bella Hudson [Sushi], Oliver Green [Ken], Jason Griffith [Toto the Chimpanzee], Sean Schemmel [Biggie the Rhinoceros], Marc Thompson [Chino the Buffalo], Pete Zarustica [Smiley], Ruben Lloyd [Vulture No.1], Jimmy Zoppi [Vulture No.2], Gary McHenley [Vulture No.3], Kim Holland [Maya] and Veronica Taylor [The Mole]

Directors: Holger Tappe and Reinhard Klooss

Producers: Holger Tappe and Reinhard Klooss

Screenplay: Oliver Huzly and Reinhard Kloos

Composer: David Newman

Video Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1

Audio: English: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and English: 2.0 Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English SDH

Running Time: 93 minutes

Number of discs: 2

Region: Region B/2

Studio: Entertainment in Video

Andrew’s Blu-ray Review: Yes, we know everyone’s excited about being the first to catch the mutants, aliens, robots and other superheroes on the big screens. That, together with the expensive looking flashy special effects, makes smaller films like this look mediocre and second rate. Despite the fact that it is not an animated feature film from Hollywood’s honchos like PIXAR or DreamWorks, it still looks stunning. Call this reviewer soft hearted, but how can you bear to criticise an animation film that promotes environmentalism and sends a strong message about man’s destruction of animal habitats?

The two protagonists in this animated film are a glib meerkat [James Corden] and a disenchanted lion [Stephen Fry], who decide to go on a quest to discover why the river in their habitat has unexpectedly dried up. Along the way, they meet other animals whose homes have been destroyed by man’s inconsiderate ways. Their journey brings them to a dam which has been constructed to supply energy for a luxury resort. They must then come up with a plan to break the dam to get water flowing back into the delta again.

You aren’t the only one who noticed something strange with the characters’ mouth movements. The lip synching seems slightly out of place, only because this is an original German production with an original German cast of unfamiliar names. Here, we have most of brilliant British actors, that include James Corden [Gulliver’s Travels] as the talkative meerkat, Stephen Fry [Alice in Wonderland] channelling a tender and gentle touch to the disillusioned lion, as well as veterans Jim Broadbent [Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince] and Vanessa Redgrave [Letters to Juliet] lending weight to the film as a pair of loving Galápagos tortoises.

It is inevitable that you compare this animation film with more well-known animations like 1994’s ‘The Lion King’ (weren’t Timon the meerkat and Simba the lion in this Disney production were best friends too?) and 2005’s ‘Madagascar’ (weren’t the motley crew of animals in this DreamWorks hit from Africa as well?). This imaginative animation film directed by Reinhard Klooss and Holger Tappe have done a very inventive job so far seen. Its 3D effects are totally brilliant at best, and the animal characters leave a warm lasting impression, while the computer generated effects in scenes involving massive numbers of rhinoceroses and buffalos are awesome. And But the animation film still deserves some brilliant credit and especially if you’ve got any heart for saving this planet we call home.

Based on a children’s storybook 1945 The Animals’ Conference, this animation film was first visualised in 1969 by Curt Linda. Some 40 years later, the satire in which the world’s animals unite to successfully force humans to disarm and make peace with each other may be slightly diluted (no thanks to today’s need to produce movies which are simple and digestible), but the 93 minute animation film is so upfront with its modern environmental message that you can’t help but recommend, especially young children to watch it regular, especially in schools, to hit home the message of the danger if humans are allowed to pollute and ravage this planet of ours.

It may seem ridiculously unbelievable at first, but the animation film’s highlight has to be the rather surrealistic finale where animals from all over the world march onto the streets of New York to sound out that the animal kingdom is under threat from mankind and sends a serious message that us humans cannot ignore.

3D Blu-ray Video Quality – Although ‘Animals United’ had a relatively modest budget (reportedly somewhere between $40 [£50] and $50 [£60] million), computer animation has progressed to the point where a lot of value can be created for that amount, if the talent is there. The film's frames may not be as jam-packed with detail as the best of PIXARS's creations, but the creatures are sophisticated in their conception and detailed in their realisation, and the 1080p encoded Blu-ray image reproduces all the fine renderings of texture in such demanding areas as fur, moisture, gravel and dirt. Colours are appropriately saturated, blacks are black (the panther in the Valley of Death is especially well-done), and there is no video or other noise to interfere with your viewing pleasure. As with all such digital animation, the Blu-ray was presumably sourced from digital files, thereby ensuring that the end product matches what the animators created. In Europe, ‘Animals United’ was released in cinemas in 3D, and many sequences would obviously benefit from the 3D image rendering. However, ARC Entertainment in North America has not announced any plans to release a 3D version.

3D Blu-ray Audio Quality – The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio surround track fully utilises the five channels to immerse the viewer in the film's experience. Discrete effects are plentiful (e.g., beer cans tossed over your shoulder), as are pans (an airplane flying) and all-around activities (stampedes and showdowns between the rhinos and the water buffalos). Bass extension is significant and substantial, because the ground trembles for several reasons, at a number of points in the film. The numerous voice performances, with their wide variety of accents and intonations, are well-reproduced and generally confined to the front centre. The underscoring by the prolific David Newman is spread across the soundstage and blended unobtrusively into the background. This may not be the subtlest of soundtracks, but it's effective and totally professional.

Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:

3D and 2D Feature Film [1080p]

3D Feature Film [includes Red/Green Anaglyptic 3D Glasses] [1080]

Theatrical Trailer: Original Theatrical Trailer ‘Animals United’ in 3D [1080p] [2.35:1] [0:48] This trailer is not in 3D.

Sneak Peaks: Arthur & The Great Adventure; Space Chimps 2: Zartog Strikes Back in 3D [Animation] and Planet 51 [Animation].

Finally, is ‘Animals United’ a great animated film? I think PIXAR and DreamWorks Animation do not need to start worrying just yet. But there's undeniable craftsmanship behind it, the kind that only improves with subsequent ventures, and next time the subject matter may not be as difficult to sell in the North American market. That the film's pro-animal slant would set off ideological trip wires and can be seen with user comments via either Amazon or IMDb. I personally enjoyed it precisely because it played like something that would never have survived a journey through the U.S. studio marketing, which almost always aims for blandness. Children, of course, won't care either way. But most important I thought it was a totally brilliant animation film and I just do not know why there have been so much negative comments about this animation film, these people should get a life and not be so up their own petard?

Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 7 July 2014
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very pleased, Thank you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kids film, 17 May 2014
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My children enjoyed really this film and it came with free 3D glasses which is a bonus to add to a great watch
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Item, 15 May 2014
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Thanks for a top movie at a great price. Kept my son happy for hours , one of his favorites....
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2.0 out of 5 stars Boring, 4 Mar 2014
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Maybe kids would enjoy this film but I slept halfway through.
Not even the 3D effects and the colorful characters kept me awake.
The storyline was not quiet exciting nor interesting despite the top-notched voices.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, 22 Feb 2014
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This film is brilliant for all ages, kids will want to watch it over and over again.
Very good service.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ....., 13 Jan 2014
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Bought this for my grandson who absolutely loves this film and watches it all the time and keeps him quiet for a bit as he is a little chatterbox.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny Dvd., 20 Dec 2013
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Good entertainment for all my grandchildren. aged 6-8yrs. Can recommend as a Dvd to keep them entertained. keep on producing them !
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