The Wild Thornberrys Movie
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Deep in the heart of Africa, The Wild Thornberrys are filming their action-packed wildlife show. They're ready for anything with a fully-equipped off-road vehicle and a daughter who has a secret gift (she can talk to animals) . . . or are they? There are greedy poachers lurking in the jungle and it's up to Eliza to foil their evil plan. To do this, it will take all of her courage, strength, and exceptional gifts. Can one small girl save the jungle's majestic animals from grave danger? Come along with The Wild Thornberrys on this thrilling odyssey and find out!
Watch this endearing family adventure and find out what makes the Thornberrys so "wild"!
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Happily, the movie far surpassed my wildest expectations. The animation looks great, including the use of several CGI elements not present in the series (at some moments it reminded me of "The Lion King"). There is enough background information included (including the opening credits of the series) that newcomers won't feel left behind. The whole Thornberry gang is here, including the addition of Nigel's parents, and several new characters as well. The voice work is fantastic, including such well-known names as Tim Curry as Nigel, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea as Donnie, Rupert Everett as the baddie, and Marisa Tomei. The music is an eclectic mix of traditional and modern, featuring such talents as Sting, Dave Matthews, P. Diddy and Brandy, Youssou D'Nour, Sting, Baha Men, Nick Carter, Peter Gabriel and Hugh Masekela.
The story finds Eliza Thornberry, a twelve-year old with the magical ability to talk to animals, on a hunt for migrating elephants with her family, who are award-winning naturalists. Eliza's older sister Debbie is a moody, pop culture-obsessed Valley Girl who hates all the wilderness trekking. Donnie is the Bornean wild boy that the Thornberrys adopted, who is always causing trouble by making messes and stuffing things up his nose or down his pants. Darwin is Eliza's best friend, a chimpanzee with very human tastes, including his obsession with Cheese Munchies. Eliza starts out playing with the cubs of a cheetah friend, but when one of them is stolen by a poacher Eliza must rescue him.Read more ›
There's not much here that will surprise you (i.e., reward the parents who bring their kids to see this flick), and the story doesn't keep to any single ideas throughout the movie, or at least any longer than it would in a half-hour episode on NickToons. Still, my kids were game, and my 3-and a half year old never asked to leave.
The Thornberrys are a weekly cartoon and we'd never seen it, but the previews in the theaters looked so good, we thought we'd try it.
Needless to say, at 62, I and my wife were the oldest people in the theater by far.
We weren't disappointed. There was a lot of business thrown in for the younger set, (Mud, food fights, etc.) but also a lot of funny things which appealed to adults. Especially the sarcastic valley girl older sister, who learns some lessons herself. It's the kind of humor animators have been slipping into kids shows on television to keep the adults in the audience too. The story is good if you are willing to go along with it, after all, it is a cartoon!
As soon as I got home, I emailed my sisters suggesting they might want to take their grandchildren to see it. (If they need an excuse to be seen at a "kids" movie.) I'd say there are a few scenes which may be intense for anyone under five, but everyone above that age should really enjoy it, even "grand-parent aged" people.
Others here have written fine synopses of the film so I'll just mention this: Many a hero has won the day with help from "magic" and while Eliza has a magical ability to speak to animals, she loses it when it would be most useful and it's her love, intelligence, and bravery that proves to be her greatest virtues. A great movie for any kid and their parents.
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This cartoon is about a girl who has the power to talk to animals and her and her family travel around Africa and other places. Read morePublished 5 months ago by naomi
While you're waiting for the complete series of The Wild Thornberrys to be 1 DVD set by Shout Factory, I know I am, here's a review of their first movie, that debuted theatrically... Read morePublished 7 months ago by ToonXpert87