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The Wild Thornberrys Movie
The Wild Thornberrys Movie
Actors: Tim Curry, Rupert Everett, Flea, Lynn Redgrave, Marisa Tomei
Director: Cathy Malkasian;Jeff McGrath
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Animation
PG     2003     1hr 25min

Get ready . . . for Nickelodean's The Wild Thornberrys as they embark on their first big screen adventure! Deep in the heart of Africa, The Wild Thornberrys are filming their action-packed wildlife show. They're ready for ...  more »

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Actors: Tim Curry, Rupert Everett, Flea, Lynn Redgrave, Marisa Tomei
Director: Cathy Malkasian;Jeff McGrath
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Animation
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Animation, Animation, Comedy, Animation, Animation
Studio: Paramount
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen,Widescreen - Animated,Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 04/01/2003
Original Release Date: 01/01/2002
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2002
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 25min
Screens: Color,Full Screen,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 4
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English
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Lucille M. (bam9) from DRESDEN, KS
Reviewed on 10/13/2012...
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Michelle N. from PALM BCH GDNS, FL
Reviewed on 4/26/2010...
Excellent elementary age movie. The Wild Thornberry's Movie is full of adventure & sends a great message about protecting our wild life from poachers. Humorous, lovable characters.
3 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
Megan H. from CARROLLTON, GA
Reviewed on 1/12/2010...
Great movie!! My 4-year old loves it, and I enjoy it too!! We also love learning new things about animals, and the movie is funny too.
3 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

A rollicking adventure through the African jungle
Veggiechiliqueen | 03/06/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It has to be said: although I'm a twentysomething, I still *love * to watch Nickelodeon cartoons, my absolute favourite being "The Wild Thornberrys." I've seen every episode (many more than once), and I was a little skeptical at the thought of a full-length animated movie. Happily, the movie far surpassed my wildest expectations. The animation looks great, including the use of several CGI elements not present in the series (at some moments it reminded me of "The Lion King"). There is enough background information included (including the opening credits of the series) that newcomers won't feel left behind. The whole Thornberry gang is here, including the addition of Nigel's parents, and several new characters as well. The voice work is fantastic, including such well-known names as Tim Curry as Nigel, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea as Donnie, Rupert Everett as the baddie, and Marisa Tomei. The music is an eclectic mix of traditional and modern, featuring such talents as Sting, Dave Matthews, P. Diddy and Brandy, Youssou D'Nour, Sting, Baha Men, Nick Carter, Peter Gabriel and Hugh Masekela. The story finds Eliza Thornberry, a twelve-year old with the magical ability to talk to animals, on a hunt for migrating elephants with her family, who are award-winning naturalists. Eliza's older sister Debbie is a moody, pop culture-obsessed Valley Girl who hates all the wilderness trekking. Donnie is the Bornean wild boy that the Thornberrys adopted, who is always causing trouble by making messes and stuffing things up his nose or down his pants. Darwin is Eliza's best friend, a chimpanzee with very human tastes, including his obsession with Cheese Munchies. Eliza starts out playing with the cubs of a cheetah friend, but when one of them is stolen by a poacher Eliza must rescue him. However, her parents send her to a London boarding school, where Eliza is miserable and doesn't fit in. The rest of the movie you'll have to see to believe!There are some scary chase scenes, wounded animals and tense moments that might upset younger viewers, but overall "The Thornberrys Movie" does an excellent job of bringing the show to the big screen while remaining faithful to the humour, excellent ethnic music, and magical elements of the original series. One of the things that I love the most about the "Wild Thornberrys" is that the episodes take viewers all around the world, and the show's producers try to avoid ethnic stereotypes with the various characters, as well as adding authentic music and traditions. This is one cartoon that is witty, educational and downright fun for the whole family. There's something for everyone with "The Wild Thornberrys Movie.""
Entertaining for young and old alike!
Donn C. Richardson | Boulder, CO USA | 01/04/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The theme of this movie is revealed on the theatrical posters. "You don't have to have extraordinary powers to do extraordinary things." What an empowering message for children saturated by super-powered heros every day of the week, as well as on the big screen!
The Thornberrys are a weekly cartoon and we'd never seen it, but the previews in the theaters looked so good, we thought we'd try it.
Needless to say, at 62, I and my wife were the oldest people in the theater by far.
We weren't disappointed. There was a lot of business thrown in for the younger set, (Mud, food fights, etc.) but also a lot of funny things which appealed to adults. Especially the sarcastic valley girl older sister, who learns some lessons herself. It's the kind of humor animators have been slipping into kids shows on television to keep the adults in the audience too. The story is good if you are willing to go along with it, after all, it is a cartoon!
As soon as I got home, I emailed my sisters suggesting they might want to take their grandchildren to see it. (If they need an excuse to be seen at a "kids" movie.) I'd say there are a few scenes which may be intense for anyone under five, but everyone above that age should really enjoy it, even "grand-parent aged" people."
Excellent Movie for All Ages
Donn C. Richardson | 01/05/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This cartoon movie, based on the kids' tv series, is an excellent movie to entertain people of all ages. It is visually stimulating and fast paced, capturing the attention of even young children for the duration of the movie. It delivers a wonderful message, without forcing it on the audience. You will walk away from this movie feeling great."