The Wild: Disney
Owen Gleiberman
April 12, 2006 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Wild

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
G
runtime
94 minutes
Wide Release Date
04/14/06
performer
Kiefer Sutherland, Eddie Izzard
director
Steve Williams
distributor
Buena Vista Pictures
author
Mark Gibson
genre
Animation

We gave it a C

Lifting a concept isn’t exactly foreign to the world of animation (what’s The Lion King if not Bambi with manes?), but it isn’t often a rip-off gets as blatant as The Wild, a flat-out regurgitation of Madagascar. Seriously: same overly civilized New York zoo animals, same midnight escape to the canyons of Manhattan, same stowaway to Africa, same tribe of deranged musical beasties. The difference is that where Madagascar was witty enough to see the folly of a domesticated lion finding his untamed self, The Wild, beneath some ”wacky” chatter, is earnest to the point of dullness.

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