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The Wild Thornberrys (2002)

The Wild Thornberrys Movie (original title)
Eliza (Lacey Chabert) and Debbie (Danielle Harris) are two sisters who don't always get along. But their relationship is put to the test when Debbie's life is in danger, and Eliza might have to give up her power to talk to animals.


Arlene Klasky (characters), Gabor Csupo (characters) | 4 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 12 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Lacey Chabert ... Eliza Thornberry (voice)
Tom Kane ... Darwin (voice)
Cree Summer ... Phaedra (Elephant) (voice)
Tim Curry ... Nigel Thornberry / Col. Radcliff Thornberry (voice)
Lynn Redgrave ... Cordelia Thornberry (voice)
Jodi Carlisle ... Marianne Thornberry (voice)
Danielle Harris ... Debbie Thornberry (voice)
Flea ... Donnie Thornberry (voice)
Crystal Scales ... Cheetah Cubs (voice)
Kimberly Brooks ... Tally (Cheetah Cub) (voice)
Alfre Woodard ... Akela (Cheetah Mother) (voice)
Brock Peters ... Jomo (voice)
Melissa Greenspan ... Sarah Wellington (voice)
Alexandra Boyd ... Victoria (voice)
Moira Quirk ... Jane (voice)


On an African safari, 12-year-old Eliza Thornberry discovers that thanks to a shaman, she can now talk to animals. When Eliza discovers that poachers in the Serengeti plan to kill an elephant herd with an electrified fence, she and her chimpanzee friend Darwin must somehow find a way to stop them.

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New Home. New Friends. No Powers. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some adventure peril | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


The fourth theatrically released traditionally animated movie released in the twenty-first century produced in 2.35:1 after Titan A.E. (2000), Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001), and Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002). See more »


After Eliza saves the injured rhino, her shoes are brown. Later, her shoes are pink and white. See more »


Tally (Cheetah Cub): [leaps into Eliza's arms] Eliza!
Eliza: [hugs Tally] Oh, Tally! I knew I'd find you.
Tally (Cheetah Cub): Eliza, we have to get out of here.
Eliza: What do you mean?
Sloan: [stands in the RV door] Hello, Eliza.
Eliza: Sloan. This cheetah cub... Where-- Where did you get him?
Sloan: [enters the RV] I picked him up on the savannah.
Eliza: You bought him?
Sloan: [chuckling] No. I picked him up... right off the ground.
Bree: [walks in and stands next to Sloan] I told Sloan he shouldn't cut that rope ladder.
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Crazy Credits

Throughout the end credits, there are live-action videos of various animals from different habitats shown. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the original theatrical release, the DVD release and most television prints, the 90th Anniversary Paramount Pictures logo is shown. On the VHS release, the Paramount logo is plastered with a different version of the same logo with the 90th Anniversary legend removed. See more »


Featured in Paul Simon: Father and Daughter (2002) See more »


Get Out of London
by Simon Fellowes and Simon Gillham
Performed by The Pretenders
Produced by George Acogny
The Pretenders perform courtesy of Artemis Records
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User Reviews

Enjoyable cartoon adventure for kids
7 October 2017 | by areatwSee all my reviews

I remember watching 'The Wild Thornberrys' TV show as a kid and always enjoyed it. I saw the movie when it first came out in 2002 and watched it again recently when I came across it on Prime. I'm really surprised at how relatively unknown the movie is, and the TV show has even fewer votes. I always assumed it was well-known and popular, but the measly 12000 votes and handful of reviews suggests otherwise.

'The Wild Thornberrys Movie' is identical to the TV show but with a more movie-appropriate story and added adventure. I always enjoyed the characters, especially Eliza's father who always made me laugh as a kid. I'm surprised and a bit disheartened to see how relatively unknown this movie is. It's nothing special but it definitely deserves more recognition, and a more fairer rating.

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Release Date:

20 December 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,013,847, 22 December 2002

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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