The Wild (2006)

G  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy  |  14 April 2006 (USA)
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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) (as Jim Belushi)
Nigel (voice)
Bridget (voice)
Kazar (voice)
Larry (voice)
Ryan (voice)
Colin Hay ...
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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The Circle Of Life, meets the big apple. See more »


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Release Date:

14 April 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Did You Know?


Two boats in the New York harbor scene, "The Lily Maia" and the "Nicolai" are named after production designer Chris Farmer's daughter Lily and the producer's son Nick. See more »


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 »


[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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Big Time Boppin' (Go Man Go)
Written and Produced by Scott Morris (as Scotty Morris)
Arranged by Josh Levy
Performed by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Recorded by Charlie Paakkari
Mixed by Scott Morris (as Scotty Morris)
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Brilliant Animation...A Great Escape For Kids And Adults Alike!
13 April 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I was lucky enough to get tickets to a preview of this film last week. I also initially wondered why they would copy Madagascar (which I didn't find very good)...I came away with the realization that it's a very different and way better movie with only the basic premise bearing somewhat of a resemblance (not unlike many kid's films and the "formula" that seems to be used).

I found the film hilarious and had a great time watching my kids get such a kick out of it as well. The animation is absolutely incredible and this was a great escape for me and my kids (10 and 7)...if I could only get my 7 year old to stop continually quoting Nigel the Koala then all would be well...

I read a few reviews which panned this flick. I wondered if they saw the same movie we did and/or why an adult who wants to bring a kid for a few laughs would listen to some of the negative crap that's been written?! I would suggest that there is many a jaded movie critic out there who may not appreciate this for what it really is (perhaps they're taking their own "grown-up" opinions too seriously?)...a kid's flick which just happens to appeal (thankfully) to the adults who are brought along in tow. Either some of these reviewers have a different political agenda or they're really out of touch with the audience demographics a film like this is geared toward. You watch...You decide...

This film was quite simply a blast! We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

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