THE WILD LIFE
Just Another Cute Animation
Release Date: September 09, 2016
Starring: Yuri Lowenthal, Sandy Fox, Jay
Jones, Marieve Herington,
Dennis O'Connor, Jeff
Doucette, Debi Tinsley, Laila
Berzins, B.J. Oakie, Joe
Ochman, Lex Lang, Joey Camen,
George Babbit, Kyle Hebert,
Audience: All ages
Runtime: 91 minutes
Distributor: Summit Entertainment/Lionsgate
Director: Vincent Kesteloot
Executive Producer: Olivier Courson, Eric Dillens
Producer: Ben Stassen, Caroline Van
Iseghem, Domonic Paris, Gina
Gallo, Mimi Maynard
Writer: Lee Christopher, Domonic
Paris, Graham Weldon
Address Comments To:Jon Feltheimer, Chairman/CEO, Lionsgate Films AKA Lions Gate Films (Summit Entertainment/Roadside Attractions/Codeblack Films)
2700 Colorado Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: (310) 449-9200; Fax: (310) 255-3870
THE WILD LIFE begins with Robinson Crusoe being “rescued” from an island by some pirates leading to a flashback of Crusoe’s story. The flashback opens with Crusoe looking out of place on a ship full of experienced sailors. On a tiny island a group of friends face extreme boredom, especially the island’s parrot, Mac, who longs to explore the world beyond the island. A big storm brings Crusoe to the island along with his faithful dog Aynsley and two very mean cats, who make life difficult for everyone.
The struggle for survival on the island has its cute moments, its scatological jokes, and lots of chases and action. What’s missing from THE WILD LIFE, and many more movies in 2016, is originality. Mac is reminiscent of Blu, the macaw in RIO, and Robinson Crusoe comes across as similar to Hiccup in HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON.
TOY STORY, SHREK, RATATOUILLE, THE INCREDIBLES, and DESPICABLE ME each offered a new world with very fresh characters and stories. It’s hard to be wildly original, but if you’re a studio hoping to compete with Pixar, Disney, Illumination, and DreamWorks, you need a movie that stakes out new territory that hits a home run with a wide family audience.
THE WILD LIFE has quality animation, some positive moral messages about friendship and loyalty, and even a scene where Robinson Crusoe pauses to give thanks before a meal, but it needs a lot more “oomph” to challenge the top animation studios. The opportunity to reach huge family audiences exists for newcomers, but they must excite audiences with tremendous new stories and characters.
THE WILD LIFE has quality animation, some good messages about friendship and loyalty, and even a scene where Robinson Crusoe pauses to give thanks before a meal. The struggle for survival on the island has its cute moments, its scatological jokes, and lots of chases and action. What’s missing from this movie is originality. THE WILD LIFE isn’t as fresh, lively or exciting as it could have been. It may remind moviegoers too much of other, better animated movies, such as RIO and HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON.