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The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002)

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.

Writers:

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

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Cast

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)
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Go Wild!!! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some adventure peril | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site | UIP [Germany]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los thornberrys: La película See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,013,847, 22 December 2002

Gross USA:

$40,108,697

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$60,694,737
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

A sequel was planned, but later abandoned in favor of Rugrats Go Wild (2003). See more »

Goofs

[All goofs for this title are spoilers.] See more »

Quotes

Sloan: Oh, I'm afraid you'll have to miss the solar eclipse, you can catch it on the poaching channel.
Eliza: YOU BUILD THE FENCE!
Sloan: Of course. Now here's a question, for your famous father. How many volts of electricity, does it take to kill a thousand elephants, hmm?
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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 »

Connections

Spin-off Rugrats Go Wild (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Walk Away
Written by Youssou N'Dour, Jonathan Sharp, Cameron McVey and Michael Power
Performed by Youssou N'Dour featuring Sting
Courtesy of Youssou N'Dour and Columbia Records/Sony Music
Entertainment (France) S.A. by Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
Sting performs courtesy of A&M Records under license from Universal
Music Enterprises
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User Reviews

Great Family fun!
25 January 2003 | by afterdrk-1See all my reviews

I read a lot of reviews from people that seemed underwhelmed by this film. I wonder really what movie they were watching or if they went into the cinema with their bias against animated stories firmly in place.

We just watched this film and my daughter (8 going on 18!), my husband and I all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The story was interesting and didn't rely too heavily on prior knowledge from the show (if anything, the story ignored the show to the point of forgetting about an episode where Debbie tried boarding school and hated it). The writers also didn't rely too much on Donnie-antics to carry the story. The little there was didn't seem offensive or over the top to us. The soundtrack was terrific, especially the song "Father and Daughter" by Paul Simon and the music by Peter Gabriel. The animation was "Klasky/Csupo" style, but was smoother than the TV version is.

All in all, it was a fun and even (dare I say it?) thought provoking way to spend an afternoon. The discussions that we have had today about how some families are different from others, the environment and the poaching of animals and "daddies and daughters" were worth the price of admission alone. Add to that a good, fun film that didn't bore either the grownups or the daughter, and "The Wild Thornberrys" gets added to the "Must Buy" DVD list in our house!


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