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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14 April 2006 (USA)  »

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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?


"Kazar" is the name (with a hyphen added, rendering it "Ka-Zar") of a Marvel Comics character, a Tarzan-style hero from the Savage Land. "Kazar" also means "beware" in the language of the people of Caspak in a series of novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs who wrote Tarzan. See more »


Larry the anaconda is shown blinking numerous times in the film. Snakes have no eyelids and cannot blink. He's also rather thin for an anaconda - they are heavy-bodied snakes - and has no trouble hearing the other characters when they talk to him, even though snakes have no external ears and are deaf to airborne sound. 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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Good Enough
Written and Performed by Lifehouse
Produced by Jude Cole
Strings Arranged by Jude Cole
Recorded by Florian Ammon
Mixed by Mike Shipley
Lifehouse appears courtesy of Geffen Records
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A definite keeper ... with great repeat value!
22 September 2006 | by (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

The voting pattern on this film is all over the place. Interesting... I guess a lot of people refuse to admit they had a good time at a non-Pixar Disney film, or that they enjoyed a supposed kid film that didn't cater, on the side, to their adult tastes (read: a normal appetite for violence, off-colour jokes and bad language) but I know I did. I found it all very well made by non-traditional studios and talents from all over the world, including French and English Canada. I found it infinitely less vulgar than, say, "Madagascar", the humour relying on something other than kicks in the crotch most of the time, and the writing a nice take on "The Lion King". This film also has many in-joke references to other film classics that I only got on a second viewing. All in all, a great movie experience with great writing and art direction. I especially liked the way the story-telling sequence at the beginning turned back into reality and the way some of the scenes resorted to magic realism (the festivities of the wildebeests), and a stylization that is a throwback to some of the best Disney animation (and maybe a lesson learned from "Ice Age"). The 3-D animation is top-notch and involving and the film's aesthetics are reminiscent in lighting, modeling and cropping of the View-Masters children's subjects of the 50's. And any film that has both Don Cherry as a penguin and Patrick Warburton and William Shatner as wildebeests is a work of genius in my book.

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