This fluffily, digitally, animated feature from Disney (without the midas touch of Pixar) starring a raft of voice talents (notably the brilliant UK comic Eddie Izzard), is - to be frank - a shameless rip-off of DreamWorks' 'Madagascar'. Differing though in syle: "Where Madagascar was all sharp edges and blocky slabs of uniform color, The Wild is filled with softness and texture" (NYT).... More
Follows the misadventures of a band of animals who've escaped their home at the New York City Zoo, in search of a fellow inmate who's been shipped to the wild (see! exactly the same!). A lion (Sutherland), a giraffe (Garofalo), a koala (Izzard), a squirrel (Belushi) and an anaconda (Kind), join together to save their bud - tackling the the urban wilderness of New York City and the real wilderness of Africa.Hide
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I'll start with the highlights: Eddie Izzard is brilliant as the slightly 'out of touch with reality' koala. I also had quite a few laughs with some of the more adult humour.
To explain the negatives, picture yourself at a meeting of disney executives: "okay guys, we need to prove we can do a great animation without Pixar....any ideas?", silence, "okay... More then, someone get out every pixar movie and the best of dreamworks....take pieces of each and mix them into a soul-less movie".
Okay, maybe a little harsh, but one thing is for sure, this movie is missing the key element that makes every Pixar movie a classic; Soul!!!!
I'll leave the last comment to my kids "is this madagascar?", Dad hides his face "no kids, it's a different movie.....kind of"Hide