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The Wild (September 20/06)

Though The Wild is slightly better than the majority of its computer-animated brethren, one can't help but wish that movies of this ilk weren't being geared solely towards small children.

Like Chicken Little, Ice Age: The Meltdown, and Valiant before it, The Wild generally emphasizes style over substance - to the extent that, although there are some funny bits here and there, the film is ultimately a forgettable and disposable piece of work.The storyline, which is uncomfortably similar to last year's Madagascar, revolves around a cadre of zoo animals who find themselves stranded in the wild after one of their own goes missing.

Although the opening half hour of The Wild is actually fairly engaging - particularly as head lion Samson (voiced by Kiefer Sutherland) has to figure out how to retrieve his wayward son - the film goes downhill fast once the animals arrive on the deserted island, particularly as the group splits up and encounters individual problems (ie Eddie Izzard's koala bear discovers that a tribe of wildebeests consider him a god).

The sudden emphasis on wacky hijinks - coupled with the general lack of plot to propel things forward - quickly transforms The Wild into a typically frenetic farce that has little to offer viewers over a certain age.

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About the DVD: Buena Vista Home Entertainment presents The Wild with an anamorphically-enhanced transfer that's just as crisp and sharp as one might've expected. Once you get past the many Disney Sneak Peeks (Twitches, The Fox and the Hound: 25th Anniversary Edition, Cinderella III, Get Ed, The Little Mermaid: Special Edition, Meet the Robinsons, Cars, and Airbuddies), the disc's special features come into view. Five deleted scenes, a music video (for "Real Wild Child" by Everlife), and two short behind-the-scenes featurettes are up for grabs.
© David Nusair