An adolescent lion is accidentally shipped from the New York Zoo to Africa. Now running free, his zoo pals must put aside their differences to help bring him back.

Writers:

Ed Decter (screenplay), John J. Strauss (screenplay) | 10 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kiefer Sutherland ... Samson (voice)
Jim Belushi ... Benny (voice)
Eddie Izzard ... Nigel (voice)
Janeane Garofalo ... Bridget (voice)
William Shatner ... Kazar (voice)
Richard Kind ... Larry (voice)
Greg Cipes ... Ryan (voice)
Colin Hay ... Fergus Flamingo (voice)
Miles Marsico Miles Marsico ... Duke (voice)
Jack De Sena ... Eze (voice)
Don Cherry ... Penguin MC (voice)
Christian Argueta Christian Argueta ... Hamir (voice)
David Cowgill ... Hamir (voice)
Lenny Venito ... Stan (voice)
Joseph Siravo ... Carmine (voice)
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Storyline

Ryan is a lion who wants to go to the wild, where his dad (Samson) once lived. When he gets himself shipped to Africa, his zoo friends (and Samson) work together to bring him back. When they get to Africa, however, the animals find themselves in a pile of danger. They have to fight an evil wildebeest called Kazar. But Kazar's safe compared to the other danger on the island- a volcano that's on the edge of eruption. Can the animals find Ryan and get out of Africa before the volcano erupts in so little time? Written by movieguy3

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africa | zoo | volcano | lion | animal | See All (92) »

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The Circle Of Life, meets the big apple. See more »


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G | See all certifications »

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Although Greg Cipes has become pretty experienced with voice acting, this is the only theatrically released film of his that has him doing voice over work until Teen Titans GO! To the Movies (2018) released 12 years later, of which is based off the Cartoon Network Show Teen Titans Go! (2013) that Cipes appears in. See more »

Goofs

The Hyrax knows of Nigel's species, even though Koala's are not native to Africa like Hyraxes are. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Samson: So there I was, face to face with the biggest, meanest leopard on this side of the Serengeti. And...
Ryan: You roared so loud, his spots flew clean off. Dad I've heard this like a billion times.
Samson: Do you know the one where I made the laughing hyenas...
Ryan: Cry? Yep.
Samson: The croc attack?
Ryan: Dad.
Samson: OK. Think.
Ryan: Yeah, you do that.
[chuckles]
[...]
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Crazy Credits

All main (and lots of the minor) characters interact with the end credits See more »

Connections

Referenced in RebelTaxi: Top 10 Animated Rip Offs or Coincidences (2016) See more »

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Bolly Boom Boom Boogie
Written, Performed and Produced by Tony Phillips
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very surprising film!!!
7 April 2007 | by tiggerbaby78See all my reviews

Well I hired this film out yesterday along with two others and must admit i was expecting to be the same old stuff in Disney films, but i was pleasantly surprised.

I thought it had good characters in and that the actors and actresses that did voice overs really took on the persona of the animal they were betraying and it made me laugh my favourite actor within film was Eddie izzard as he is so cool but saying that as i mentioned every one of them did good job.

Where watching this film is concerned defiantely give it a go as i think many people will be surprised i have not seen Madagascar but think this was under rated due to them coming out around about the same time, i am definitely added this to my collection when i get time.


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Language:

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Release Date:

14 April 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Big Break See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,684,809, 16 April 2006

Gross USA:

$37,384,046

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$102,338,515
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