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Reinhard Klooss (screenplay)
Erich Kästner (book)
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Release Date:
7 October 2010 (Germany) See more »
BORN to be WILD!
A group of animals waiting for the annual flood they rely on for food and water discover that the humans, who have been destroying their habitats have built a dam for a leisure resort. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

James Corden ... Billy (voice: English version)

Stephen Fry ... Socrates (voice: English version)

Andy Serkis ... Charles (voice: English version)

Dawn French ... Angie (voice: English version)

Vanessa Redgrave ... Winifred (voice: English version)

Jim Broadbent ... Winston (voice: English version)
Jason Donovan ... Toby (voice: English version)

Omid Djalili ... Bongo (voice: English version)

Sean Schemmel ... The Rhinoceros 'Biggie' (voice: English version)
Marc Thompson ... The Waterbuffalo Chino (voice: English version)

Jason Griffith ... The Chimpanzee 'Toto' (voice: English version)
Mischa Goodman ... Billy's son 'Junior' (voice: English version)
Élisabeth Williams ... Meerkat 1 (voice: English version)
Jessica Owen ... Meerkat 2 (voice: English version)

Erica Schroeder ... The Polar Bear 'Sushi' (voice: English version) (as Bella Hudson)
Tom Wayland ... The Anteater 'Bob' (voice: English version)
Veronica Taylor ... The Mole (voice: English version)
James Carter Cathcart ... Vulture 2 (voice: English version) (as Billy Beach)
Ruben Lloyd ... Vulture 1 (voice: English version)
Gary McHenley ... Vulture 3 (voice: English version)
Oliver Wyman ... The Tasmanian Devil 'Smiley' (voice: English version) (as Pete Zarustica)
Oliver Green ... The Koala Bear 'Ken' (voice: English version)

Michael Glover ... Mr. Smith (voice: English version)
Kim Holland ... Maya (voice: English version)
Marc Diraison ... Cook (voice: English version)
Ben Howard ... Chef de Cuisine (voice: English version)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Nicola Devico Mamone ... Büffel Chino (voice) (as Nico Mamone)
Thomas Fritsch ... Löwe Sokrates (voice)
Peter Groeger ... Schildkröte Winston (voice) (as Peter Gröger)
Christoph Maria Herbst ... Hahn Charles (voice)
Oliver Kalkofe ... Hoteldirektor Smith (voice)
Bianca Krahl ... Giraffe Gisela (voice)
Uli Krohm ... Koch (voice)

Joanna Lumley ... Giselle (voice: English version)
Bastian Pastewka ... Elefantenkuh Angie (voice)

Billie Piper ... Bonnie (voice: English version)
Margot Rothweiler ... Schildkröte Winifred (voice)
Frank Schaff ... Erdmännchen (voice)
Ralf Schmitz ... Erdmännchen Billy (voice)
Tilo Schmitz ... Nashorn Biggie (voice)
Constantin von Jascheroff ... Erdmännchen (voice)
Santiago Ziesmer ... Affiger Friseur Bongo (voice)

Directed by
Reinhard Klooss 
Holger Tappe 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Simon Hauschild  lecture
Oliver Huzly  screenplay
Reinhard Klooss  screenplay
Erich Kästner  book
Sven Severin  screenplay (as Sven Severin)

Produced by
Reinhard Klooss .... producer
Martin Moszkowicz .... executive producer
Eckhart Schmidt .... associate producer
Holger Tappe .... producer
Bernhard Thür .... line producer
Original Music by
David Newman 
Film Editing by
Alexander Dittner 
Production Design by
Henning Ahlers 
Jens Benecke 
Art Department
Hakan Akögretmen .... Character Modeling
Boris Kiselicki .... storyboard artist
Michael Mantel .... storyboard artist
Peter Oedekoven .... storyboard artist
David Scherr .... environment modeling
Sound Department
Jan Bloemeke .... sound effects editor
Stefan Busch .... supervising sound editor
Lisa Geffcken-Reinhard .... sound editor
Frederic Gibert .... recording studio manager
Manni Gläser .... sound post production manager
Michael Kranz .... sound re-recording mixer
Heiko Müller .... sound effects editor
Christoph Oertel .... additional adr recording
Nils Rademacher .... dialogue editor
Nils Rademacher .... sound effects editor
Chris Rebay .... dialogue editor
Carsten Richter .... foley artist
Benjamin A. Rosenkind .... sound re-recording mixer
Hanse Warns .... foley mixer
Visual Effects by
Marcus Boos .... character texture painter
Marcus Boos .... facial setup artist
Beckstein Dennis .... lighting artist
Manuel Dongowski .... lighting technical director
Marieke Franzen .... senior texture artist
Arno Franzl .... lighting technical director
Mathias Gerlach .... environment modeler
Jens Harter .... character setup supervisor
Ralf Hietel .... cloth technical director
Clemens Kinder .... stereoscopic supervisor
Sven Kroog .... character modeling supervisor
Florian Linner .... character technical director
Florian Linner .... motion capture
Stefan Puschendorf .... supervising compositor
Nico Rehberg .... lead lighting technical director
Tino Roeger .... character texture painter
Tino Roeger .... lighting technical director
Marian Sander .... modeling & texturing
Tarkan Sarim .... modeler
David Scherr .... facial setup artist
David Scherr .... lighting artist
Timo Schnitt .... fluid technical director
Daniele Siragusano .... post stereographer: Cinepostproduction
Tim Völcker .... visual effects technical director
Tino Waschke .... compositing technical director
Tino Waschke .... technical director/compositor
Volker Willmann .... lighting technical director
Guillaume Wyatt .... lighting supervisor
Yvonne Zacharias .... hair simulation
Oliver Bailey .... stunt double
Animation Department
Hakan Akögretmen .... additional character designer
Arno Franzl .... animator
Michael Glans .... animator
Felix Graf .... animator
Ivo Grigull .... animator
Uwe Heidschötter .... character designer
Patrick Heumann .... animator
Ellen Hoffmann .... animator
Konstantin Hubmann .... animator
Stefan Klauss .... animator
Stefan Klauss .... previs artist
Oliver Kurth .... character designer
Martin Moch .... animator
Fabian Mueller .... animatic coordinator
Benedikt Niemann .... animation supervisor
Peter Oedekoven .... character designer
Sebastian Riemen .... animation production manager
Carsten Seller .... animator
Nicolai Tuma .... animation supervisor
Jörg Volk .... animator
Thomas Voß .... animator
Lucas Wendler .... animator
Casting Department
Abigail Barbier .... casting coordinator
Louis Elman .... casting dubbing director
Music Department
Pia Hoffmann .... music supervisor
Gregory Jamrok .... orchestrator
Tony Mandracchia .... musician
Nils Rademacher .... music editor
Tom Russbueldt .... pro tools operator
Billy Sullivan .... musician
Florian Tessloff .... scoring supervisor
Jonathan Williams .... musician: cello
Other crew
Jon Clifford .... technical director: santx
Pascal Karls .... computer systems manager
Martin Knoll .... digital laboratory supervisor
Frank Schaff .... dubbing director
Daniele Siragusano .... postproduction stereographer
Stefan Wood .... script consultant

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Konferenz der Tiere" - Germany (original title)
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Rated PG for mild thematic elements, some action and peril, rude humor and brief language
Germany:93 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Animator Mark Flood had been looking forward to seeing this film, but was rushed to hospital in the early hours of the day of its UK release after suffering a stroke. After recovering a couple of months later, he did see the film at a local cinema and enjoyed it.See more »
Factual errors: The kangaroo in the movie is male, yet has a pouch. Only females have pouches in reality.See more »
Movie Connections:
The Hokey PokeySee more »


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16 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Grrrr..., 10 May 2011
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

This is the first time in about three or so months that I found myself this disappointed and angry with an animated film. I'm 19, and I adore animation and have done since I was about 2. But Animals United is a serious contender for the worst animated film I have ever seen, and I have seen a lot of animated films, good and bad.

As bad as Titanic:The Animated Movie, Spiders Web:A Pig's Tale, Doogal and Secret of NIMH 2 are, and that word is being kind to them(the first one especially is an insult to the intelligence), Animals United for me surpasses them on levels of how painful and dull it is.

I have so many beefs with Animals United, but I have to say what angered me most was the voice cast. On paper, this is an amazing voice cast. James Corden? Jim Broadbent? Stephen Fry? However, this film wastes their talents completely, at the end of the day Corden is the only one who tries. Everybody else are either annoying(Dawn French, not helped that her character is annoying too) or are dreadfully uninterested(Broadbent in a very rare occurrence).

But a number of things do not help when it comes to the waste of these talented actors. The worst offender was the script, which was really deplorable. The writing in Animals United aims to be funny and poignant. Maybe its main target audience(essentially a family movie but in all honesty watching this I can only see under 12s getting any, if any, value from this film) will find it so, but I for one found it unfunny(the humour was just embarrassing!), saccharine and heavy-handed.

And there is also the lip-synching. I have seen some sloppy lip-synching in my time not just in animated films but in opera films/productions and films in general(though unlike here this in any of those only happened once or twice), but to say the lip-synching is sloppy here is being kind. It was all over the place, I don't remember a single time when it was in sync with the voices or lip-movements. Then again I may have been distracted by how bad the writing and characterisation was.

Animals United is devoid of a single likable or sympathetic character. I couldn't connect to a single character throughout here, and I imagine it was the same with the vocal cast as well. All the characters in Animals United are either annoying or underdeveloped, and that is including the titular character.

The lack of a good story doesn't help either. This is a story that is thin-too thin and uninteresting for an over-90-minute film- and predictable complete with themes that are presented in a superficial, chaotic and preachy manner. Pace-wise as well, excepting scenes such as the ending-and various transitions between plot points that are given less than 5 minutes to develop-that felt rushed, the film is a drag. And there are parts, particularly in the latter section, that feel as though they belong in another movie when it comes to talking about tone, also don't get me started on some of the truly dumb parts of Animals United. For example seeing a polar bear in the Savannah made me lose more than a couple of brain cells. Just for the record, I understand the message the film was trying to convey but the way it was put across was not done at all well.

I was hoping that some good animation might elevate things to a slightly better level. Sadly, even the animation wasn't done all. The colours seem rather flat, the backgrounds are blocky, but the real abomination animation-wise was the character designs. I have seen some animated films and shows where "ugly" character designs are deliberate, but I doubt that was really the case here. Regardless of that, in my opinions they were just hideous, often over-sized and jerky and the mouth movements and lip-synching did little to help either.

I would also say the same for the soundtrack. As an aspiring singer and keen musician, I always look for a good soundtrack. Animals United is not an example of a good soundtrack, in fact it is the exact opposite of a good soundtrack. Not only are some of the musical numbers pointless, but almost every single one of them are misplaced. I didn't think much either of the melodies, which were forgettable, or the lyrics, which often took me out of the mood of the scene.

Overall, a dreadful animated film and one to be avoided. 0/10 Bethany Cox

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