The Wild

The Wild
The Wild
  • G
  • 1h 25m
  • 2006
Common Sense Media Iconage 6+
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Disney uncages the laughs in the hip and hilarious comedy The Wild. When a band of furry friends escape from the city zoo, they discover that New York City is the biggest, craziest jungle of all. Now, faced with a new journey and the challenge of a lifetime, they must work together if they are going to survive on the outside. The Wild is ferocious fun that will have your whole family roaring with laughter.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: With a rehashed plot and unimpressive animation, there's nothing wild about The Wild.
Time Out
Derek Adams

The animation here impresses more than in the equally defunct Madagascar, but everything else smac...

June 21, 2017
Neil Smith

What's so aggravating here is the grievous lack of wit, imagination and plain old story.

June 21, 2017
Village Voice
Jim Ridley

The animation is exquisitely detailed, down to the lions' individually moving whiskers -- but when...

January 29, 2019
Ebert & Roeper
Richard Roeper

Another animated film from 2006 that's right in that average category.

January 29, 2019
San Francisco Chronicle
Peter Hartlaub

As a movie that kids will enjoy with a few adult-oriented gags to keep parents from going complete...

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Unoriginal, sometimes scary animated animal movie for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that film includes some scenes where the lion cub is frightened by noises, darkness, and a storm at sea. The primary villains are hostile, shadowy wildebeests who perform "African" ritual dances and chants, with comic choreography, and announce an intention to seize power by becoming "predators" and "carnivores." Their efforts to eat the other characters lead to a conflict. The wildebeests live in a volcano cave, so lighting is red and fiery; eventually the volcano explodes and the friends barely escape (some tension created). A squirrel with a crush on a female giraffe makes a couple of sexual references (he rides a goose "bareback" and uses this moment to make a sexual advance toward her; he considers his size in comparison to the giraffe). The father lion lies to his son about his own past, and must eventually confess and be forgiven. Characters are stereotyped by nationality or ethnicity: a Canadian goose says "Eh"; an "East Indian" pigeon speaks with accent and dances as if in a Bollywood movie; a British koala bear is snobbish.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Family, Comedy
  • Release Date:April 14, 2006
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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