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Animals United

3.6 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews

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In the African savannah, all of the animals are wondering what happened to the water. Billy the Meerkat and his best buddy, Socrates the Lion set out in search of water, with the help of their friends Angie the Elephant and Giselle the Giraffe. On their incredible journey to find the water and to save their family and friends, they run into a motley group of animals new to Africa: rooster, polar bear, kangaroo, koala, Tasmanian devil and two turtles, who join them for the adventure. The animals discover that the water is being held for a human luxury resort. So, they decide to unite and call on all creatures large and small to fight back. It's a true call of the wild for an action-packed African adventure full of family fun!

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  • Actors: James Corden, Stephen Fry, Jim Broadbent, Vanessa Redgrave, Andy Serkis
  • Directors: Reinhard Klooss, Holger Tappe
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Arc Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 5, 2012
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006JD48LO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,734 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Seriously, if you are offended by the idea that the environment is being polluted and manipulated by people, avoid this film. Animals United is nothing more or less than another mediocre animated film with high aspirations.

The good: Bits of satire and a few characters that work well. The film has a good score, and achieves some dramatic and fun moments as well as a few visually impressive scenes. Probably will keep your kids entertained. But not you.

The bad: Disjointed plot tries to preach a bit too much. The English dub probably destroys what humor and wit there once was in the film. The voices often seem at odds with the character's expressions and movements, and like most European kid's movies, no option for watching it in the original language with subtitles is offered. Many stereotypical characters. Like way too many kid movies, it tries to surf on tried-and-true character and situation themes, leaving you with a sense of déja vu.

The Story.
A group of animals have lost their homes. A polar bear was displaced due to the ice floes melting, a pair of ancient Galapagos tortoises find their island slimed by an oil spill, a very French rooster escapes from a sadistic chef, and a kangaroo and flatulent Tasmanian devil must leave Australia because...um...motorcyclists burned the desert (I think.)

They end up in Africa later, where they meet the hero of the story (and thereafter become mostly irrelevant.)

The hero is a typical character--a meerkat who is kind of a screwball and slacker, and whose son thinks he's a loser. (Whopping cliché #1) His best friend is a lion who became a pacifist and vegetarian after a hunter shot his brother. So, anyway, one day they notice there's no more water in the water hole.
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My two year daughter loves it, and she asks for it every day. That being said, her taste in movies sucks, so don't trust her. It's unbelievably awful. Everything about it is bad, the story, characters, voice acting, animation. There's not one ounce of humor in the whole movie.
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This was a good 3d film that was only released in Europe, It didn't have the money of the u.s animated films but it's still not too bad.
The story is a good one with environmental overtones, However , considering the world is in dire straights with growing deserts due to mans deforestation and pollution , that is not a bad thing. This is not on the level of a U.S. made film in many regards, but if you have a all region 3d blu ray player you can watch it that way or in 2d if you wish. I collect 3d films and so I was glad to add this to my collection. Being a animated film it has no ghosting , which is a problem with active 3d glasses on some 3d films. Animated films rarely have that problem though. A all region 3d blu ray player can be bought on amazon.com. the orei is a good one. This will play blu ray films from any region (3d too) , and any dvd from any region as well.
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i dont like it at all. dont like the jokes or the tasteless humour but my girls like it fine.
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ANIMALS UNITED [2010] [3D Blu-ray + 2D Blu-ray] [UK Release] The Perfect Family Movie!

The film is set in Africa's Okavango Delta, and the main characters are a meerkat named Billy [James Corden] and a lion named Socrates [Stephen Fry]. The annual flood has failed to arrive in the Delta, water has become scarce and the native animals fiercely fight over it. Billy and Socrates set out to find more water, and during their quest they meet a rag-tag group of animals from across the world: a polar bear named Sushi [Bella Hudson], a kangaroo named Toby [Jason Donovan], a Tasmanian devil named Smiley [Pete Zarustica[, two Galápagos tortoises named Winifred [Vanessa Redgrave] and Winston [Jim Broadbent], and a chimpanzee named Toto [Jason Griffith], all of whom have had their lives ruined by humans in some way and have travelled to Africa. A German Constantin Film made CGI animated children's feature. It is based on the 1949 book of the same name by Erich Kästner.

Voice Cast: James Corden [Billy], Stephen Fry [Socrates], Andy Serkis [Charles the Cockerel], Dawn French [Angie], Vanessa Redgrave [Winifred], Jason Donovan [Toby], Omid Djalili [Bongo], Sean Schemmel [Biggie the Rhinoceros], Marc Thompson [Chino the Buffalo], Pete Zarustica [Smiley], Jason Griffith [Toto the Chimpanzee], Mischa Goodman [Junior], Bella Hudson [Sushi], Élisabeth Williams [Meerkat No.1], Jessica Owen [Meerkat No. 2], Erica Schroeder [The Polar Bear 'Sushi'], Tom Wayland [The Anteater 'Bob'], Veronica Taylor [The Mole], Ruben Lloyd [Vulture No.1], Jimmy Zoppi [Vulture No.2], Gary McHenley [Vulture No.3], Oliver Wyman [The Tasmanian Devil 'Smiley'], Oliver Green [Ken], Michael Glover [Mr.
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After watching an animated film like this that gets so much wrong, one appreciates all the other animated films out there that have gotten it right. In Animals United, in addition to the greatly over-exaggerated anti-human pro-animal environmental meme which moviegoers are now barfing over because it's so over-used, the characters lack something in their anthropomorphism - they lack a soul. The audience isn't given the opportunity to bond with the characters - maybe because of lack of character development, or maybe because the characters are not very emotional. Maybe it's because we're used to Disney/Pixar films where the characters' movements are pushed/exaggerated, which makes these characters all seem limp and lifeless by comparison. Even Disney's ancient Jungle Book has better animation. I can't really put my finger on it - maybe it's a combination of things. The texturing and lighting/rendering are great, and the musical score uses realistic instruments, but fails to sync fully with the action. And the plot is just completely disjointed. They throw in a couple of slightly funny antics like a meercat who golfs with a hardened ball of "poo poo" and a tasmanian devil who farts noxious fumes. But then they ruin these antics or jokes by immediately running them into the ground instead of moving on. And having the characters sing or dance to popular songs like "King of the Road" is something that Dreamworks can pull off, but Animals United cannot. It's kind of silly that the characters are dancing at the end when you haven't even bonded with them during the film. Poorly directed. Poorly scripted. Poorly written with a plot that doesn't make any sense. Just don't see it.
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