HATARI! is a much warmer film than it is funny, in fact, as a comedy, its gags are quite feeble. Set in a dramatic landscape in Africa, there is not a lot of drama, and everybody, even the animals, are mild and cooperative. It's astonishing how the film managed to have no blood or killing at all, and that makes the film a fable like experience - boy falls in love with girl, surrounded by friendly and welcoming animals. This, and the fact that there is no villain or villainy at all throughout the film, and the fact that everybody loves one another, and that "love" is strictly retrained the pure and simple platonic sense, all contributed to its likeableness. About the only flaw of the film is its pace and its gags, which as I said, are not comic geniuses. But HATARI! is truly a great film from the master Howard Hawks.