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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Samson (voice)
Benny (voice)
Nigel (voice)
Bridget (voice)
Kazar (voice)
Larry (voice)
Ryan (voice)
Fergus Flamingo (voice)
Miles Marsico ...
Duke (voice)
Eze (voice)
Don Cherry ...
Penguin MC (voice)
Christian Argueta ...
Hamir (voice)
Hamir (voice)
Stan (voice)
Carmine (voice)


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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africa | zoo | volcano | lion | animal | See All (62) »


The Circle Of Life, meets the big apple. See more »


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Release Date:

14 April 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Big Break  »

Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$37,371,315 (USA) (11 August 2006)

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Did You Know?


This is the biggest movie ever produced in Canada. Over 400 animators were put in a large building to work on the film. See more »


After Benny has landed on the boat and Larry asks Samson if they're going to the wild, Larry pulls the throttle backwards. This would put the engines in reverse, yet in the film the boat continues going forwards and picks up speed. See more »


[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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Crazy Credits

All main (and lots of the minor) characters interact with the end credits See more »


Spoofs The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


Really Nice Day (Finale)
Written and Performed by Eric Idle and John Du Prez
Produced by John Du Prez and Eric Idle
Recorded and Mixed by Larry Mah and Tony Phillips
Remixed by Tony Phillips
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User Reviews

You don't have to worry about it being like Madagascar and Nemo
7 April 2006 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

I went to the Premiere this weekend of THE WILD and I must say I was pleasantly surprised. I was concerned about the same thing that everyone else was.

Is it going to be like Madagascar mixed with the same theme as Finding Nemo?

To my surprise I did not even once think about either of those films while I was watching THE WILD. There were some great jokes and gags and it had the pacing of a good action film. This movie is nothing like either of those movies. I encourage everyone to see this movie for themselves and am curious what they think of it. There is a couple plot holes and weak story points. But other than those few moments it's a fun film to watch. The look is refreshing because it doesn't look like every other CG feature in the world. My final statement is this. Kids will absolutely love it. And the parents will be entertained and won't be bored.

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