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Being teased for his color, Johnny the white koala joins a traveling carnival with Hamish, a Tasmanian devil, and Higgens, a photographer monkey as talent agents. On the way through the Australian outback desert, the trailer they are in comes loose and crashes. Johnny must live up to the hero status Hamish presents him as while the outback locals try to rescue a kidnapped koala from Bog, a giant crocodile and his dingo lackeys. Written by
"The Outback" was an enjoyable animated movie, although it just didn't really become all that it could have been. As such, then it was a watchable and enjoyable movie, albeit mediocre in story.
The story in "The Outback" is about an albino koala named Johnny (voiced by Rob Schneider) who wants nothing more than to fit in and be like everybody else. He meets up with the Tasmanian devil Hamish (voiced by Bret McKenzie) and a photographer monkey named Higgins (voiced by Frank Welker). As the carnival they work in has packed up and travel to a new city, the threesome's wagon becomes unhooked and they get left behind. They start off through the Australian outback in order to catch up with the carnival, but get caught up in a conflict between a crocodile and his dingo goons and the residents of a billabong.
Storywise, then "The Outback" was fairly enjoyable. Mind you, it wasn't spectacular or overly inventive. But still, it was a good watch for the entertainment that it was. However, "The Outback" is not one of those animated movies that will have you dazzled and blown away in awe.
The voice acting is adequate, although the dialects were a little bit overdone at times. But they had some nice enough people on the cast list for voicing the various characters. It was especially nice to have Tim Curry voicing a character as well.
"The Outback" is great fun for the children, but as it goes for entertaining adults, then the movie is good enough for a single watching, because it just doesn't offer enough depth or have enough leverage to withstand multiple viewings by adults - for children, it is a whole other matter, as the storyline is fun and the characters are cute.
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