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The Wild (2006)



Average Rating: 4.5/10
Reviews Counted: 112
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 90

With a rehashed plot and unimpressive animation, there's nothing wild about The Wild.


Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 26

With a rehashed plot and unimpressive animation, there's nothing wild about The Wild.



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A handful of zoo animals leave behind their well-protected environment for the streets of the big city in this computer-animated comedy. Sampson (voice of Kiefer Sutherland) is the king of a make-believe jungle far from the African plains -- he's a lion on display at a zoo in New York City's Central Park, and he lords it over the other animals, including Nigel (voice of Eddie Izzard), a testy koala bear; Larry, a dumb but well-meaning snake; ; Bridget (voice of Janeane Garofalo), a bright but

Sep 12, 2006


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The animation here impresses more than in the equally defunct Madagascar, but everything else smacks of an easy money-making exercise of such dimwitted inanity even the youngest kids will see through it.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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The animation is exquisitely detailed, down to the lions' individually moving whiskers -- but when's the last time you enjoyed a cartoon for its realism?

April 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Another animated film from 2006 that's right in that average category.

April 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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As a movie that kids will enjoy with a few adult-oriented gags to keep parents from going completely insane with boredom, The Wild accomplishes its unambitious mission.

April 14, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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A bulky, uneven script with too many narrative cul de sacs (including a pointlessly lengthy curling match at the zoo) makes it hard to stay interested in The Wild.

April 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Technically, The Wild is impressive. Until you realize that the lifelike animated fur is the product of more professional care than the script.

April 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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For all the rest of the film's unoriginality, The Wild moves along with solidly crafted wit.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International | Comments (2)
Film Journal International

The Wild is pretty tame, and in the increasingly crowded, competitive, survival-of-the-fittest world of computer animation, it meows but does not roar

November 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Christianity Today
Christianity Today

Seems like a dull Madagascar ripoff.

October 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Reno Gazette-Journal

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October 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

The kids might be better off with a trip to a real zoo, if they haven't had their fill of Madagascar yet.

October 1, 2006 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

The diverse animals are beautifully rendered, but this cliche-riddled Disney failure represents one too many trips to the CGI non-inkwell.

September 15, 2006
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The Wild is not really bad; it's just tired.

September 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

A decade ago, this sort of thing would have felt cuter, fresher and funnier than today, when the bar for CGI animation has been raised considerably.

June 12, 2006 Full Review
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

The film is ultimately noise and its story is so overdone at this point that far from being swept up in it, we're only hoping that the next plot point isn't as predictable as the last. But things never do work out that way.

June 3, 2006 Full Review Source: FilmFocus

The Wild roars back from a rocky opening act to a storming last reel, just managing to claw its way above comparisons with Madagascar.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Watchable animated adventure with one eye on the cuddly toy market, though you've got to love a film that casts William Shatner as a wildebeest.

May 25, 2006 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

What's so aggravating here is the grievous lack of wit, imagination and plain old story.

May 23, 2006 Full Review Source: BBC

Wildly unoriginal.

May 18, 2006 Full Review Source:

It's noisy and only so-so, though the animation is quite good.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Perfectly enjoyable but nothing special

May 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

For the adult who may very well have to experience this film, and who may have experienced Madagascar, The Wild is better.

May 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

...has little to offer viewers over a certain age.

May 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

There's little to recommend of The Wild, which, despite its title, is about as pedestrian as you can get.

May 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

The Wild, for example, looks pretty good, but the script is just plain bad and the jokes are just plain awful.

May 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
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Audience Reviews for The Wild

Lets get one thing straight here, this isn't a bad animated film, not really, it just had the HUGE misfortune of coming out after 'Madagascar'. Well I'm not sure whether this came out too late or they did indeed try to rip off the aforementioned film, probably just too late.

The plot, settings and entire idea is unfortunately almost identical to 'Madagascar'. A bunch of crazy animals all live together in a zoo lead by the mighty lion 'Samson'. One day 'Samson' accidentally upsets his cub son causing him to run away, get trapped guessed it, get shipped off to Africa. So 'Samson' and the other animals including a Koala, Giraffe, snake and squirrel, all go off on an adventure to rescue 'Ryan' the lion cub.

I can't really go into how utterly stupid this is seeing as its a kids film. But alligators in New York's sewers, the fact they all end up in Africa from leaving NY is pretty amazing, no idea where in Africa though but a volcano?. And the fact there are hardly any humans around anywhere...including in NY. Yes I know its a silly kiddie film but lets have some degree of sense.

One major problem here is the characters aren't too spectacular and AGAIN almost identical to errr that other wildlife animation. The only character that shows any signs of creativity was 'Nigel' the Koala who has a British accent voiced by the brilliant Eddie Izzard. This little guy was pretty neat, Izzard does a great job making him a very nervous, easily scared, unfit, slightly squiffy fellow who hates the fact his likeness is a famous plush zoo toy souvenir. Its Eddie's dry, wry flat deliveries that make you laugh, well for us Brits anyway. Quite liked the Noo Yawker tawk of the sewer alligators also, that's a good accent.

Plus, Patrick Warburton, standard requirement for animated films it seems. Not a problem seeing as his voice is brilliantly funny, lucky huh!.

Its all completely and totally predictable with visual gags that have been used all before. The animation isn't that bad, a different style to 'Madagascar' with fur effects giving a little more realism, 'Ryan' the cub is undeniably cute. The wildebeests actually look pretty cool I though, quite evil and I liked the little intro animation revolving around them at the start.

Shame they chose to include modern pop music within the film but other than that its a fair animation that is fun to watch. Had it come out before that other silly zoo animation then the tables would be turned hehe but such is life.
April 14, 2013

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It's quite simply a rip off of Dreamworks Madagascar, nothing is interesting and the characters are not at all original making this film one of the worst disney have created.
August 15, 2011
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For an animated Disney film is is very disappointing. Maybe kids will get a kick out of the hectic commotion, but there is very little for grown-ups to enjoy here. The characters are flat, some even annoying, and the gags just don't work most of the time. At least the plot is always moving and doesn't stay in one place for very long. Still, there are very few rewarding qualities to find here, even the animation isn't entirely en par with its competition. If anything, this film shows what an outstanding job Pixar does again and again.
April 23, 2011

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    1. Larry: Hey everybody we are going to use the secret play!
    – Submitted by Billy B (21 months ago)
    1. Nigel: Who put that bar there?
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