An adolescent lion is accidentally shipped from the New York Zoo to Africa. Now running free, his zoo pals must put aside their differences to help bring him back.

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Storyline

Ryan is a lion who wants to go to the wild, where his dad (Samson) once lived. When he gets himself shipped to Africa, his zoo friends (and Samson) work together to bring him back. When they get to Africa, however, the animals find themselves in a pile of danger. They have to fight an evil wildebeest called Kazar. But Kazar's safe compared to the other danger on the island- a volcano that's on the edge of eruption. Can the animals find Ryan and get out of Africa before the volcano erupts in so little time? Written by movieguy3

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14 April 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Opening Weekend:

$380,226 (Brazil) (14 April 2006)

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$2,521,598 (Australia) (13 October 2006)
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Trivia

In the part where the animals are in the garbage truck you can see a sign advertising Radio Disney and another advertising for Kodak. There is also an advertisement of a theater showing "The Lion King" on stage when they are being chased by dogs. See more »

Goofs

Benny the squirrel blames Nigel for throwing him off the garbage truck, but actually it was Bridget who knocked him off with her tail. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Samson: So there I was, face to face with the biggest, meanest leopard on the savannah and...
Ryan: You roared so loud, his spots flew off. Dad I've heard that story a billion times.
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Lovin' You
Written by Minnie Riperton and Dick Rudolph (as Richard J. Rudolph)
Performed by Minnie Riperton
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under License from EMI Film & Television Music
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Fun, funny and adolescent-friendly
12 April 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Saw a preview screening last night, and it was really fun. First, the movie is visually gorgeous. The texture (hair especially!) work alone is enough to recommend the film to animation enthusiasts. To all the comparisons with Madagascar I will add that The Wild is much funnier. And judging by the 10-year-olds sitting with me, kids will love it. As the movie was made by C.O.R.E. in Toronto, was directed by a Canadian, and stars a lot of Canadians -- there are a few Canadian jokes (and sports) in the movie that international viewers might miss. It also has a fun self-referential attitude in the humor that's enjoyable without becoming gimmicky. To build on the previous poster, it is not Citizen Kane -- but has much funnier animals. It's a movie that does what it sets out to do -- entertain you. And it does that very well.


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