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The entire plot and set-up is heavily borrowing elements from Madagascar (2005), Finding Nemo (2003), and The Lion King (1994). But, I had a surprisingly good time watching it. Here's why: I really like the characters; they are very fun, from Nigel the Koala, to Larry the Anaconda, to Kazar the Wildebeest. The humor mostly comes from the slapstick (due to the high impact of the cartoony tone, and the timing) and some of the dialogue (mostly the script writing for Eddie Izzard who voiced the koala and the script writing for other actors who voiced the characters like the alligators, Larry, and sometimes Kazar). Although, some other bits of the dialogue seems pretty dumb. The voice cast was a mostly a good choice for almost each and every character, but, Eddie Izzard is not the right choice for a koala, because Eddie is a British Actor who voice an animal from Australia, they should have used Barry Humphries. But, if I actually laughed pretty often from Eddie Izzard's voice performance. David Cowgill who voices Hamir the pigeon, and his voice performance is obnoxious and all over the place. The character designs are very good especially the texture; every individual hair, scale, and feather is so detailed. But the big issue with these character designs is that there are moments where the framing of some of the characters faces are too close, and it's bizarre, including the crazy eyes with small pupils. However there are some moments of close-ups that are useful when it comes to giving a character more power during combat. Another problem I have with this film has a liar revealed story involving Samson the father lion. Mufasa is a better father lion than Samson when it comes to talking to his son, But at least he cares deeply for his son Ryan. The animation backgrounds look so realistic and glossy, and unlike Madagascar, this film is epic in scope. I was drawn into this world, from New York to Africa. The action sequences are such a wild ride; the boat that they are riding in almost got hit by big ships. I really enjoyed the climax, it's imaginative to see 420 pounds of muscle, teeth, and claw goes head to head with 600 pounds of earth-thundering hoof and horn. A wildebeest can be bold enough to fight and injure a lion, if given the chance or if the lion is alone. Alan Silvestri's grand and rousing score was a really great support for the rousing action, suspenseful tension, and the sad tender elements. Both Samson and Kazar have backstories to help us understand their actions and sympathize with their motivations, that gives these characters simplistic depth, and here, they were made in a not-so-real format called animation, it is relatively okay to do what you want in animation once or twice in a while, as long as you don't get out of hand. The final resolution on how this movie ends is simplistic yet upbeat and fun. In conclusion: I actually had a good time with this movie and I like this one better than Madagascar, because it has a more features that are more meaningful to justify it's existence, the entertainment value is higher and more frequent, and it has a more realistic approach. What "The Wild" lacks in plot and originality, it really makes up for with strong amusing entertainment. Recommended. 3.5/5
Great movie . Good to make time go by, has a bit of a lot of great movies i can tell, and that makes it even better to watch keeping the legends in one. I grew up with this movie and it brings so many memories totally buying this in DVD for my kids to do the same.
I know that they were cashing in on the trend of Madagascar, which nothing is wrong with, but do it right... The movie was transparent even for a ten year old. I know, I watched it with one and he was not impressed. As an adult, the snake bothered me as a character. They portrayed him as an idiot and fool, but did nothing to redeem his character the entire movie. He stayed comic relief and faded into nothing ... Sad.
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