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Animals United (2012)

James Corden , Stephen Fry , Reinhard Klooss , Holger Tappe  |  PG |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James Corden, Stephen Fry, Jim Broadbent, Vanessa Redgrave, Andy Serkis
  • Directors: Reinhard Klooss, Holger Tappe
  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • 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: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006JD48LO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,657 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as all that! June 6, 2012
Format:DVD
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dont Watch November 24, 2012
By trtlman
Format:DVD
Terrible, the movie is nothing but a political statement about how humans are destroying the planet. I couldn't eve ln finish the movie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Anti-human Propaganda Film September 21, 2012
Format:DVD
A disgusting abuse of decent animation to bash humans for destroying the planet. Don't be fooled into thinking this is a movie you should see. It is pure garbage, and is especially unfit for young children, whom I think it would scare to death. The animation could have been used in a way to convey the importance of being good stewards of the environment. Instead it is a very negative message.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Barbara
Format:DVD
Wow! I started watching this about a 1/3rd of the way through. I won't even bother wasting my time to see the beginning as the middle and end are sooooo bad! As the poster wrote on another site: "....afraid of the obvious truth that is conveyed. Dams are extremely bad...", really?? I grew up around a dam in Washington. Let me tell you, if it held back ALL of the water like the one in the film does, it would soon overflow and be destroyed. How do you think hydroelectric power is generated?? by water flowing THROUGH the dam! I was impressed by the animation. Although I kept telling myself that they should have spent less on the animation, and more on better writers. The hatred towards all humans is evident, even by the humans! The 2011 United Nations Climate Change Conference was the 17th session, however, in the movie, there's a line from a reporter with something like: "At this 167th conference on Global Warming, it looks like like the animals are taking humans to task for what we have done...". WOW! Can you feel the hate! in the movie, do they meet every week for the conference to get that high of a conference number? And did I mention all the animals traveled to NY in the belly of several whales?
It makes my brain hurt to think about how very bad this movie is.
As for the ending: with the little girl happy about her father's career ruined, I want to see them in 10-15 years when they are begging in the streets, or their bleached bones are drying on the African plain!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Really bad... October 30, 2013
Format:DVD
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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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Animals United is not just a bad film (If it can even be called that. Trash is a better word for it). It is a bad bad film. It is so atrociously, unbelievably bad my stomach churns within me as I write about it. As I watched it (not willingly of course) my gut heaved and roiled, my ears shriveled, and my eyes twitched in nervous spasms.
I could tell my brain cells were committing suicide, one by one, as I watched this. So I left the room and screamed. I buried myself in Lawrence of Arabia for 4 hours.

Why this garbage is bad:
1. Awful animation. Really, it looks fake, computer generated, ugly, and at times disturbing. It's not just a disgrace to CGI, it's a disgrace to computers itself, to humanity, to the animal kingdom, to the bloody universe!
2. The story, portraying man as evil, disgusting beasts, and animals as the rulers of the world. Not appropriate for children.
3. The humor: crude, trite, tasteless, and shallow. Pass on this; it's not even worthy as toilet paper.

If you are a self-respecting human being, who loves their child, don't show this to them, don't buy it, don't even look at it. In fact, whenever you see a copy of this utter rubbish, spit on it. The world will be a better place without it. How a talented cast ever signed up to do this crap is beyond me. Maybe they were drugged or something.

So please, DON'T BUY THIS JUNK. Animals United gets ZERO stars.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars kids love it
i dont like it at all. dont like the jokes or the tasteless humour but my girls like it fine.
Published 22 days ago by karen
4.0 out of 5 stars cheaper animation but still good.
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. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Michael Dobey
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
My goddaughter loves this movie. She loves madegascar and I bought this one because it's similar to it, and it's a great movie
Published 1 month ago by none
2.0 out of 5 stars I Really Wanted to Like It...
I love animated movies, especially with animals. Unfortunately no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn't bring myself to like this one. There were way too many problems. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Shel Gatto
5.0 out of 5 stars Animals United, DVD
Animals United, DVD. The grand kids and I love this movie, great for the whole family. It helps to teach children that we need to care for the animals in our world if we want to... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Lois L Hauenstein
5.0 out of 5 stars A great fun kids movie
Watched this with the grand-boys and it was very much enjoyed.
Worked for both he 8 and 2 year old. Interesting to hear animals with UK accents. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Craig M. Houck
5.0 out of 5 stars Animals United
My son loves animals so this was a great movie for him to watch. I recommend that each child receive this one.
Published 10 months ago by Kristen
5.0 out of 5 stars G-R-E-A-T
Really took reality in to aspect, opening your eyes just what we are doing to animals and wildlife globally. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Wendy
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice little movie
I bought this movie for my mother for her birthday. She loves animated movies that feature animals. She liked the movie very much.
Published 10 months ago by JSNFRN
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
It is a great way to promote ecology. My friend's daughter absolutely loved it! The meercats were quite true to life.
Published 11 months ago by Vivian Astanovitz
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