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The Wild Thornberrys: The Origin of Donnie (2001)

TV-Y7 | | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
The Thornberrys are preparing for Donnie's "birthday" party in Borneo (They don't know his real birthday, but celebrate the day they found him) when one crisis after another happens. ... See full summary »

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The Thornberrys are preparing for Donnie's "birthday" party in Borneo (They don't know his real birthday, but celebrate the day they found him) when one crisis after another happens. Grandma Sophie decides to visit the same day Nigel and Marianne must capture a wild orangutan on film or the foundation will cut their funding. This is no easy task since poachers are lurking about and Marianne breaks her wrist climbing down a mountain. But to make matters even worse, Donnie runs off into the jungle after Eliza gets angry with him. As Eliza and Darwin search for Donnie in the rainforest, they run across a baby orangutan that needs to find her mother as Donnie is reunited with his "family", an orangutan and her son. Meanwhile, Debbie and Grandma Sophie get taken in by a native tribe and Nigel and Marianne scare off poachers. Finally, the Thornberrys reunite after a huge fire and find Donnie in a remote village and learn from the medicine woman there the terrible fate that befell Donnie's ... Written by Charles Brubaker

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Well, I liked it
17 November 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I actually love The Wild Thornberrys, though I am going out on a limb as I've come across a lot of people who've cited it as one of Nickelodean's worst. It's not one of their best(Rocko's Modern Life, Angry Beavers, Avatar:The Last Airbender, Ren and Stimpy, Legends of the Hidden Temple, Penguins of Madagascar), but I do think it is underrated and that there are much worse shows from Nick(Chalkzone, Fanboy and Chum Chum, Butt-Ugly Martians, Tak and the Power of Juju, The Naked Brothers Band, Rocket Power). The Origin of Donnie I did like, not as much as the show or The Wild Thornberrys Movie, but it was interesting to see how Donnie came to be part of the Thornberry family in the first place. Okay, the ending was rather predictable, I did have a strong feeling how it was going to end and I was right, and I do think it could have been shorter, it is mainly four episodes in one movie and I think the story could have easily been told in two or three episodes worth. However, I did like the animation, it is bright and colourful, and I know a lot of people are unnecessarily prejudicial towards the character designs but I had no problem with them. The music also fits perfectly with the mood of the story, while the writing and story manage to be both funny and poignant and are true to those of the show. I always loved the show for the different locations and the animals that we learn a lot about. There is less of an emphasis on that here, but it is on display and it is interesting. I personally love the characters too, my favourite is Nigel, of course he's dumb but he is also endearingly funny and has a meaningful heart as well. Darwin is hilarious and Debbie while a stereotypical teenager is one you identify with. Eliza gets a lot of hate on IMDb and Youtube(though I do think it is pathetic when people call her ugly and stupid), and while she does have her selfish moments her heart is in the right place and she does genuinely care for those animals when they're in danger. The voice acting is great, Tim Curry is an obvious standout, as are Danielle Harris and the ever lovable Betty White. All in all, I liked The Origin of Donnie. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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