The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002)
World-traveling documentary filmmakers Nigel and Marianne Thornberry have come to Africa with their family--precocious Eliza, rebellious Debbie and adopted wild child Donnie--to record a miraculous event. Once every few hundred years, as the moon obscures the sun, native legend has it that thousands of elephants emerge from the safety of the forest to watch the solar eclipse. But this time, as they stand exposed in this wide-open Congo valley, they will be in grave danger. Evil poachers Sloan and Bree Blackburn plan to ambush the elephants for their rare ivory tusks. One day, Eliza and her chimpanzee friend Darwin meet a mysterious shaman who grants her the power to talk to animals. But there's one catch--if she reveals her gift she will lose it forever. When Eliza discovers that the poachers are planning to attack the elephant herd, she and Darwin must devise a plan to stop them. But what can one freckle-faced 12-year-old with pigtails and braces do against this type of evil? How will Eliza be able to warn the elephants if she loses her gift of communicating with animals? … More
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Critic Reviews for The Wild Thornberrys Movie
A decent soundtrack rounds off a surprisingly engaging and energetic little-kids' adventure.
Too often feels like a glorified TV episode.
An entertaining feature-length version of the Nickelodeon TV cartoon.
Doesn't do more than expand a TV show to movie length. However, it's pleasant enough and its ecological, pro-wildlife sentiments are certainly welcome.
Splendid entertainment for the 8-12 age group and good fun for just about everyone else.
Nickelodeon's animated explorer family runs into poachers in Africa in a sometimes-fun adventure that occasionally collapses into flat, savanna-like stretches.
The film's draughtsmanship is more than adequate, the voicing of the characters excellent, and the songs are way above average for such fare.
Amenable parents can watch this with the little ones instead of just using the DVD or VHS tape as a virtual nanny . . .
Adults will be bored into slumber, and even kids deserve something with a little more bite.
Evokes a little of the fear that parents have for the possible futures of their children--and the sometimes bad choices mothers and fathers make in the interests of doing them good.
It may not pull off any state-of-the art animation coups, but The Wild Thornberrys Movie understands that strong characters and involving storytelling are still the bottom line in a quality kids' film.
The animation may not be in the same class as The Lion King, but co-directors Jeff McGrath and Cathy Malkasian deserve praise for their attempts to render Africa's wildlife as authentically as possible.
This is thoroughly entertaining with an important message. And with its above-average animation it's also well worth seeing on a big screen.
One of the more intelligent children's movies to hit theaters this year.
Eliza repeatedly proves herself as an exemplary avatar of The Right Stuff. You go, girl!
Audience Reviews for The Wild Thornberrys Movie
Just an overlong episode really. Contains nothing at all new accept a few of the voice cameos and a bigger budget. Some nice humour and family friendly action scenes though.More
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