"Pint-Sized Dr. Doolittle"
What You Need To Know:
THE WILD THORNBERRYS MOVIE is very colorful and often funny. The characters are also vivid. THE WILD THORNBERRYS MOVIE does contain some positive scenes between Eliza and her parents, especially her father, and the movie models a positive parental love. Regrettably, the movie is not appropriate for children, not to mention Christian children. Although he appears in only a couple scenes, a pagan shaman or witch-doctor is the one who gives Eliza her magical power to talk with the animals. God condemns such sorcery in the Bible. There are also some exaggerated, politically correct environmentalist elements.
(PaPa, Env, PC, B, C, L, V, N, M) Pagan worldview where shaman or witch doctor gives magical powers to adolescent girl as well as politically-correct environmentalist elements, some moral elements regarding good parenting, a Christian song heard briefly at a boarding school, but nothing more is made of it; a few mild obscenities and crudities; cartoon action and slapstick violence such as stampede, food fight, villains kidnap animals and child; no sex; modest upper male nudity; no alcohol or smoking; and, miscellaneous immorality such as kidnapping, surly attitude from teenager and disobedience.
THE WILD THORNBERRYS MOVIE is based on the cartoon series on Nickelodeon, produced by the same studio that makes the RUGRATS franchise. The basic premise of THORNBERRYS is that a pagan shaman has given little Eliza Thornberry the magical power to talk to animals to help them, especially when they’re threatened by evil human beings (magical power helps animals and conquers evil). Eliza, her teenage sister and her wild adopted brother get into all sorts of scrapes where Eliza’s ability often comes in handy. Their parents are two environmentalists working in the wilderness.
In the movie, Eliza’s irresponsibility endangers two young lion cubs that she has befriended. Consequently, unknown poachers kidnap the two cubs.
Because of her wild irresponsibility, Eliza’s parents send her back to England to a boarding school. Her monkey friend sneaks into her luggage, however, causing more trouble. Eliza decides she has to go back to Africa to try to find the poachers and save the cubs. It turns out that the poachers are trying to carry out an even more devious plot.
THE WILD THORNBERRYS MOVIE is a very colorful, often funny animated movie. The characters are also vivid, despite the hackneyed save-the-animals story.
Regrettably, the movie is not appropriate for children, not to mention Christian children. Although he appears in only a couple scenes, a pagan shaman or witch-doctor is the one who gives Eliza her magical power to talk with the animals. God condemns such sorcery in the Bible.
Furthermore, although in the Bible God commands people not to mistreat animals, there’s a politically correct, radical environmentalist tone behind the movie. Still, the movie makes a good case against the poaching that the villains intend to commit, although it’s somewhat exaggerated. Apparently, the filmmakers thought the poachers had to be really bad super-poachers in order to lend jeopardy to their story. A more creative storyteller would have thought up a more believable, more human story.
Most of the story, however, focuses on Eliza and her siblings, her relationships with the animals, and her efforts to stop the poachers. It’s not like the HARRY POTTER movies where practically every scene involves witchcraft and the occult.
THE WILD THORNBERRYS MOVIE also contains some positive scenes between Eliza and her parents, especially her father. Thus, the movie models a positive parental love. One such scene proved to be a highlight of the entire movie.