|Featuring:|| Matthias Schweighöfer … Robinson Crusoe (voice)
Kaya Yanar … Papagei Dienstag (voice)
Ilka Bessin (Cindy aus Marzahn) … Tapir Rosie (voice)
Dieter Hallervorden … Ziegenbock Zottel (voice)
Aylin Tezel … Stachelschwein Epi (voice)
Ghadah Al-Akel … Ping (voice)
Tommy Morgenstern … Pong (voice)
Melanie Hinze … Kiki (voice)
Bert Franzke … Edgar (voice)
|Distributor:||Summit Entertainment, a division of Lionsgate Films|
“Just because you’re stranded… doesn’t mean you can’t make some friends.”
Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “From the over-exuberant parrot Tuesday to the snack-obsessed tapir Rosie, from the persnickety echidna Epi to the acrobatic pangolin Pango, from the ditzy goat Scrubby to the commonsensical kingfisher Kiki and the always-cool chameleon Carmello, things are larger than life on a tropical isle that is pure wild animal paradise. Then Robinson Crusoe, a marooned human, arrives in the midst of a furious storm, and their lives are forever changed by this bewildering new “creature.” No matter their differences, castaway human and quirky animals embark on an hilarious new adventure, building the island’s first tree house and surviving together. But when two conniving members of the animal kingdom—the savage cats Mal and May—pounce into a battle for control of the island, Crusoe and his animal posse must uncover the true power of friendship against all odds (even savage cats).
On a tiny exotic island, Tuesday, an outgoing parrot lives with his quirky animal friends in paradise. However, Tuesday can’t stop dreaming about discovering the world. After a violent storm, Tuesday and his friends wake up to find a strange creature on the beach: Robinson Crusoe. Tuesday immediately views Crusoe as his ticket off the island to explore new lands. Likewise, Crusoe soon realizes that the key to surviving on the island is through the help of Tuesday and the other animals.
It isn’t always easy at first, as the animals dont’t speak ‘human.’ Slowly but surely, they all start living together in harmony, until one day, a battle ensues between the cats and the group of friends.”
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Long after our screening of the animated feature “The Wild Life,” my almost-10-year-old companion was still chatting about the film’s amusing animal characters. And judging from the sounds emitted during that screening, I suspect that younger children in the audience liked it even more. …
—Helen T. Verongos, The New York Times
…a flighty bit of fun …a kids’ pic worthy of a shared bucket of popcorn and a couple o' sodas. …there aren't any cannibals or exotic words you'd hate to have repeated, either. [4½/5]
—Bob Hoose, Plugged In
…has its moments of charm, hilarity, and slapstick that worked really well at the 2D screening I attended, a screening packed with kids… [2½]
—Sheila O'Malley, RogerEbert.com
…worthwhile… some positive moral messages… but it needs more “oomph” to challenge the top animation studios. …
—Ted Baehr, Movieguide
…an impressively made, if highly juvenile, version of a literary classic…
—Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter
…an uninspired, boring update of Robinson Crusoe… lackadaisical but well-intentioned…
—Andrew Pulver, The Guardian (UK)
…a castaway tale that’s all washed up… By removing the element of danger from its plot, this Belgian animation, featuring a gallery of chatty animals, has nowhere to go… [2/5]
—Mike McCahill, The Guardian (UK)
…there’s nothing remotely interesting about “The Wild Life”… lackluster animation, sluggish pacing, and one-dimensional characters… [1/5]
—Ryan Duncan, Crosswalk
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