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The Wild (2006)

The Wild

Overview


Genre

Animation, Adventure

Release Date

April 14, 2006

MPAA Rating

G

Duration

94 min.

Production Budget

$80 millions

Studio

Walt Disney Pictures

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  4 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Steve 'Spaz' Williams

Producer

Clint Goldman

Screenwriter

Ed Decter, Mark Gibson, Philip Halprin, John J. Strauss

Starring

  • Kiefer Sutherland as Samson (voice)
  • Eddie Izzard as Nigel (voice)
  • Dominic Scott Kay
  • Joseph Siravo
  • Jonathan Kimmel
  • Greg Cipes
  • Jim Belushi
  • Janeane Garofalo
  • Richard Kind
  • William S

Story


In this wild and outrageous 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 city can be when one of their own is mistakenly shipped to the wild and they embark on a dangerous mission to rescue him. The film boasts an impressive vocal ensemble -- Keifer Sutherland (as the respected lion leader, Samson), Greg Cipes (as Samson's son, Ryan), Jim Belushi (as Benny, the street savvy squirrel and Samson's best friend), Janeane Garofalo (as a quick-witted giraffe), Richard Kind (as a dim-witted anaconda), William Shatner (as a wicked wildebeest), and Eddie Izzard (as Nigel, an acerbic koala) -- along with cutting edge animation, and a story filled with hilarious situations.

Director Steve "Spaz" Williams and producer Clint Goldman helped to revolutionize CG character animation during their long association with ILM ("The Mask," "The Abyss," "Jurassic Park," "Terminator 2: Judgement Day"), and were responsible for the acclaimed Blockbuster Entertainment commercials featuring Carl the rabbit and Ray the guinea pig.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..The Wild largely becomes an exercise in waiting for the ordinary and inevitable..”
by David Mercier [FilmJudge]
“..has a good director, snazzy visuals and some really funny animals..”
by Michael Wilmington [Chicago Tribune]
“..Technologically incredible, aesthetically pretty hideous, and narratively lumpy..”
by Ty Burr [Boston Globe]