Wild, The

MPAA Rating: G

Entertainment: +2

Content: +3

Vocal cast: Keifer Sutherland, Grep Cipes, Jim Belushi, Janeane Garofalo, Eddie Izzard, William Shatner. Disney animated family film. Written by Ed Decker, Mark Gibson, John J. Strauss, Philip Halprin. Directed by Steve Spaz Williams.

In this computer-animated comedy-adventure, an odd assortment of animals from the New York Zoo including a lion, a giraffe, an anaconda, a koala, and a squirrel discover what a jungle the wild can be when one of their own is mistakenly shipped to the wild and they embark on a dangerous mission to rescue him.

Pampered, zoo-raised animals escape their too-familiar surroundings and suddenly find themselves captured, sent to Africa, where they learn life lessons before returning to their beloved sanctuary. Didnt we see this last year? Yes, and this is not a sequel to DreamWorks Madagascar. This just happens to be a similar, some might say rehashed, version now done by Disney. Clever, witty and containing a subtle lesson about appreciating what you have, I found Madagascar to be stylish, engrossing and very funny. This frenetic (the directors nickname is Spaz) imitation of that film is full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. Theres a lot of dialogue, yet very little is being said. Well, very little amusing. There is an oblique message dealing with finding courage and self-sacrifice, but both story and animation lack charm and will be best appreciated by less discriminating children.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Though there are a couple of potty jokes, mostly the film avoids crude language. And with the exception of a few flatulence jokes, the same can be said for the comic situations.

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: None

Violence: The animals find themselves in several perilous situations, but the filmmakers are careful not to abuse their intended audience.

Sex: A small animal has a crush on a giraffe, finally love is in the air, but there is nothing of a lustful nature in the film.

Nudity: Cartoon animals have no genitals. Thats kind of freaky when you think about it.

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: None

Other: None

Running Time: 85 minutes
Intended Audience: Little ones and doting parents

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