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The only differences, apart from the film and production company names, are style and voice casting. Whereas MADAGASCAR'S visual style is more cartoonish, THE WILD's approach is ultra-realistic in details. While Madagascar had characters voiced by Ben Stiller, Chris Rock and David Schwimmer, the voice casting for THE WILD is up to Disney's high standards: Respected leader SAMSON (guess HIS species) is voiced by Kiefer Sutherland , street savy Benny the Squirrel by Jim Belushi, dim-witted Larry the Snake by Richard Kind (of "the Producers") and Janeane Garofalo as Bridget the Giraffe. Don Cherry, Canadian hockey announcer cameos as the penguin MC. One possible breakout character is Nigel the British kolala, voiced by Eddie Fizzard, trying to shed his cuddly image, later becoming idol to a pack of wildebeests along with their choreographing leader dancing to the beat of different drum, Kazar, voiced brilliantly-straight by William Shatner (who provides voice for another animated animal in the upcoming "Over the Hedge.Read more ›
Okay. 10 reasons why I love this movie:
10. New York City
9. The Dancing Scene at the end of the film
8. Searching for Ryan
4. Difference between Finding Nemo, Madagascar and The Lion King
3. The animals running around New York City
2. Good for kids and adults, even teenagers
1. Favorite Character in the movie: Ryan
This movie was so amazing and awesome. Finding Nemo, The Lion King and Madagascar mixed together in one movie that will be charted on the Hit Movie List of 2006. This movie will beat out many films in 2006 like, Hoodwinked, Doogal, Curious George, Over The Hedge and Ice Age 2: The Meltdown. The Wild will be the No.1 Disney Animated Movie of 2006. You should see it in theatres and if you haven't seen it in theatres yet, it will be your chance to get it on DVD soon.
With this offering, we have a father/son relationship off kilter. Unable to live up to his father's reputation, Ryan the lion handily escapes the zoo and parks his carcass in a "green box" to have a good pout. Unfortunately, this soon puts him on a ship heading for some jungle near a volcano. A pursuit follows allowing for several misadventures before a rescue can be put into effect.
The animation style varies from the opening false start to the introduction of real looking yet not real looking animals. The style of the snake Larry (voiced by Richard Kind) is especially problematic. If you can get past this weirdness, the second problem is with the voice-actors. Some tried to create voices for the characters (like William Shatner), some just used their own voice making it quite jarring to hear an odd looking lion sound exactly like Kiefer Sutherland. At any rate, there was only one character (mainly due to the actor voicing him) that stood out in a positive fashion: Nigel the cute and cuddly koala (Eddie Izzard). The rest were run of the mill, spare part characters barely discernible from any other cartoon featuring zoo animals on the loose.
There is some occasional humor, the use of recognizable songs at awkward moments is a bit disconcerting, loved the chameleon covert agents. This cartoon is neither bad nor good; it's just okay.
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Great family movie!! Kids will want to watch again even years later!!Published 24 days ago by Beatrice
Cute movie. Not as good as Madagascar, but cute. My daughter liked it.Published 1 month ago by C E Matthews
I discovered this because my daughter is obsessed with lion movies...and I couldn't bear watching the same 3 movies on replay. Read morePublished 2 months ago by JE McE