THE WILD THORNBERRYS MOVIE
Starring the vocal talents of:
Lacey Chabert, Tim Curry, Jodi Carlisle, Danielle Harris, Brenda Blethyn,
Rupert Everett and Marisa Tomei
Jeff McGrath and Cathy Malkasian
- Good Vocal cast
- Entertaining and educational plot
- Very average animation
- Feels like an extended episode
of the TV show
Eliza Thornberry (Chabert) isn't an ordinary girl. She travels the world
with her wildlife documentary making parents, her constantly moaning sister,
her out of control, adopted brother and her pet chimpanzee Darwin (Curry).
Unbeknownst to her family however, Eliza has a talent given to her by a mystical
Sharman for saving his life, she can talk to animals. When that gift lands
her in trouble and a cheetah cub is kidnapped by poachers, it is up to Eliza
and Darwin to get him back whatever the cost.
Based on the popular Nickelodeon cartoon, The Wild Thornberrys
Movie feels more like an extended episode than a feature film.
This has been the problem with transferring small screen hits
onto the big screen, as they just come across as a way of cashing in on a
show's popularity. There is nothing here that couldn't have been accomplished
on the TV series and this is the same as Hey Arnold, The Rugrats, Recess and
every other child's show hit that has made the transition.
This aside, the movie is still enjoyable especially for the
fans. The wildlife conservation plot is a good educational tool and well as
an entertaining one. The film does make the assumption that you have seen
the cartoon before, as there is little in the way of character introduction
and background information but at the end of the day this is a kids movie
and it would only slow the film down, losing the audience's attention.
TV cartoons to film transfers don't really push the 2D animation
genre to new heights but The Wild Thornberrys Movie is a better than average
attempt. The strong vocal cast and the entertaining and educational plot will
keep parents as well as children interested for its entirety.
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