The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Animation, Family  |  20 December 2002 (USA)
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Eliza and Debbie are two sisters who don't always get along. But their relationship is put to the test when Debbie's life is in danger, and Eliza might have to give up her power to talk to animals....


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Darwin (voice)
Phaedra (Elephant) (voice)
Jodi Carlisle ...
Cheetah Cubs (voice)
Tally (Cheetah Cub) (voice)
Akela (Cheetah Mother) (voice)
Jomo (voice)
Victoria (voice)
Jane (voice)


On an African safari, Eliza Thornberry discovers that thanks to a shaman, she can now talk to animals. When Eliza discovers that poachers in Africa's Serengeti Desert plan to kill an elephant herd with an electrified fence, she and her chimpanzee friend Darwin must somehow find a way to stop them. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some adventure peril | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 December 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los thornberrys: La película  »

Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,013,847 (USA) (20 December 2002)


$2,170,249 (Australia) (2 May 2003)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Nigel Thornberry doesn't say his iconic catchphrase "Smashing!" once in the whole film. See more »


Debbie: [Debbie climbs onto the motorcycle and then a baboon wiggles its bottom in her face] That is *so* wrong!
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Crazy Credits

Throughout the end credits, there are live-action videos of various animals from different habitats shown. See more »


Follows The Wild Thornberrys: The Origin of Donnie (2001) See more »


by Sean Caruth
Performed by Baha Men
Courtesy of S Curve Records
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User Reviews

Loved it - takes the TV show one step further
23 December 2002 | by (Cuyahoga Falls, OH) – See all my reviews

As an adult fan of the Wild Thornberrys TV show I was very happy to see the film. I was delighted by the fact that movie kept the feel of the TV show while letting us see a little more than we were accustomed to in a half hour. I am amazed though at how many professional critics have reviewed this movie without knowing much background -- to set the record straight Eliza is an American - only her father and paternal grandparents are British - Her mother and maternal grandparents (we know them from the TV show) are American so if Debbie talks like an American teenager that is because she is. Darwin had me laughing out loud -- I hope that there will be more films or at least more new episodes of the show - and thankfully Donnie was kept to a minimum !

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