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Born to Be Wild -- This heartwarming film documents orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them-saving endangered species one life at a time.
Born to Be Wild -- A documentary about orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them.
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  (in credits order)

Morgan Freeman ... Narrator (voice)
Birute Galdikas ... Herself (as Dr. Birute Mary Galdikas)
Daphne Sheldrick ... Herself (as Dr. Dame Daphne M. Sheldrick)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Chris Fries ... (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
David Lickley 
Writing credits
Drew Fellman (written by)

Produced by
Drew Fellman .... producer
Jill Ferguson .... associate producer
Diane Roberts .... supervising line producer
Original Music by
Mark Mothersbaugh 
Cinematography by
David Douglas (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Beth Spiegel 
Production Management
Mark Voyce .... production manager
Sound Department
John R. Davidson .... narration recordist
Ed Douglas .... sound editor
Ed Douglas .... sound re-recording mixer
Keith Elliott .... sound re-recording mixer
Sue Fawcett .... adr editor
Jack Heeren .... foley mixer
Andy Malcolm .... foley artist
Cory Mandel .... sound re-recording mixer
Thierry Morlaas-Lurbe .... sound recordist
Bruce Nyznik .... adr supervisor
Andrew Tay .... sound re-recording mixer
Peter Thillaye .... sound designer
Lan Tran .... assistant sound editor
Don White .... foley recording mixer
Visual Effects by
Alan G. Markowitz .... visual effects producer
Craig Edward Rogers Jr. .... digital compositor
Craig Edward Rogers Jr. .... film recording
Chris Thomas .... colorist
Wendy Whaley .... stereoscopic compositor
Camera and Electrical Department
Jamie Alac .... phantom camera operator
Keith Bronsdon .... second assistant camera
Claude Fortin .... key grip
Mike Hintermeister .... imax camera technician
Stuart Macfarlane .... first assistant camera
Dylan Reade .... camera operator
Adrian Saywell .... digital imaging technician
Editorial Department
Matt Scott .... assistant editor
Chris Thomas .... colorist
Location Management
Frederick Galdikas .... location manager
Music Department
John Kurlander .... music recording engineer
John Kurlander .... score mixer
Tyson Lozensky .... assistant score mixer
James T. Sale .... orchestrator: arranger
Other crew
Kresna Astraatmadja .... production coordinator
Deborah Gabinetti .... production assistant
Gina Guia .... post production coordinator
Sheila Profitt .... assistant to supervising producer
Dylan Reade .... stereographer

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USA:40 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Canada:G (Ontario) | Hong Kong:I | Singapore:G | South Korea:All | USA:G (certificate #46684)
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12 scenes were shot using 4k digital IMAX cameras; their first use in any feature film.See more »
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17 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
"Born to be Wild" in IMAX 3D, 8 April 2011
Author: jgregg42 from United States

When it comes to nature documentaries Morgan Freeman is a great go-to-guy for the movie studios. He has a voice that can seem soothing and pleasant to just about anyone.

Freeman narrates the latest IMAX 3D documentary "Born to be Wild" by David Lickley (who also directed "Bears" and "Jane Goodall's Wild Chimpanzees"). For a short 40 minutes Freeman does a first-rate job stirring up many emotions in the viewer. Well, he doesn't do it alone; he has some help from the adorableness of baby elephants and baby orangutans.

Before this film I would not be able to locate Borneo on a map very easily. Thanks to the clever direction by Lickley we see an interactive map of both Borneo and Kenya where our story is about to begin. We are also introduced to two women who have dedicated their lives to rescuing and adopting elephants and orangutans who have been orphaned because of the actions of mankind.

Daphne Sheldrick has set up an elephant sanctuary in Kenya; many of the elephants are there because poachers killed their parents (the release of this film could be really bad timing for the CEO of and his recent elephant hunting video). She raises the elephants with a team of zookeepers and is the only person to successfully raise an elephant from infant to adulthood.

We then travel to Borneo to see Birute Galdikas' sanctuary for orphaned orangutans. They have lost their homes and their parents due to man's rapid expansion into their territory.

In both cases we experience a cuteness factor that would overwhelm just about anyone with the warm fuzzies. We see the orangutans doing cute human-like behaviors such as drinking milk from soda bottles, bathing themselves and riding on the back of motorcycles. We also see the elephants drinking lots of milk from bottles, playing soccer and adapting to their human surroundings.

In the end, the captured animals are released back into the wild where they belong. The journey back home is guided by humans, the same species that orphaned them in the first place.

Should you see this movie? Yes, but only see it in the IMAX 3D format for its vibrant images of the animals and for some wonderful shots of both the African and Borneo landscapes. It's a seemingly flat story with not too many ups and downs or much conflict. If it weren't for the 3D this could have been a straight-to-DVD release.

I do understand that Lickley wanted us to realize that there is a threat of extinction for both of these species. However, we are not given any action steps at the end. I would at least expect a website address to pop up telling the viewers that they can do more to help these orphans.

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