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Born to Be Wild (2011)

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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.


David Lickley


Drew Fellman
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Cast overview:
Morgan Freeman ... Narrator (voice)
Birute Galdikas Birute Galdikas ... Self (as Dr. Birute Mary Galdikas)
Daphne Sheldrick ... Self (as Dr. Dame Daphne M. Sheldrick)


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.

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Born to be loved. Born to be free.


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Did You Know?


12 scenes were shot using 4k digital IMAX cameras; their first use in any feature film. See more »


Narrator: This story is like a fairytale, except it's entirely true and we don't know yet how it will end.
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Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 16 June 2011 (2011) See more »


Written by Joseph Shabalala
Performed by Ladysmith Black Mambazo
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Wild beauty
1 February 2021 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Any series/films nature documentary related immediately has me sold on wanting to see it. Baby animals are impossible to resist, so is the distinctive and beautiful voice of Morgan Freeman. To show how two women made this tremendous a difference to wildlife protection was also interesting. They all were major reasons for wanting to see 'Born to be Wild', which was only brought to my attention recently when starting to watch more one off nature documentaries and films.

'Born to be Wild' did not disappoint and is more than perfect for children and adults alike so the whole family. It may not be one of the best, most comprehensive and most innovative documentaries there has ever been made and in existence, but it is nonetheless educational, illuminating, thought-provoking, beautifully made and with a lot of emotional impact. Even if it is not flawless (quite), 'Born to be Wild' has many fine things and anybody that loves baby orangutans and elephants already will not have their opinions changed other than perhaps strengthened.

The only thing that could have been better was if 'Born to be Wild' was longer. It is never dull and always engaging, was so glued to it that it was sad to see it finish, but 40 minutes did feel a little too short.

Otherwise, it is great. The visuals may be described as sentimental, but to me they were not overly so and there are a lot of beautiful images and loving photography. The scenery is nice too, though not jaw-dropping, and the orangutans and elephants look incredible. The soundtrack isn't overbearing or overused, nothing overwrought sounding.

Freeman narrates with a sonorous, soothing quality that was just perfect for this material and the tone. The writing itself is very honest and informs, entertains and moves without being maudlin or childish while knowing what the target audience was clearly. The baby animals are absolutely adorable with already big personalities (evident agreed with the orangutan and the noodles, that was very funny and sweet) and the two women have such passion for their work and are true inspirations. The singing the lullaby to the newborn orangutan part did get me.

Concluding, great. 9/10

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Release Date:

8 April 2011 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Kalimantan, Indonesia See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$871,478, 10 April 2011

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1.44 : 1
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