The Wild Life Parent Guide
Although this Robinson Crusoe adaptaion is only 90 minutes long, it moves along at a plodding and tedious pace.
Parent Movie Review
Life on a tropical island looks like paradise to most, but not to a bored parrot (voice of Kaya Yanar) who is sure better adventures lurk in faraway bluer oceans. Then, much to his surprise and delight, all the excitement he could hope for washes ashore in the form of a shipwreck. While the broken oddities and splintered boat are interesting, nothing is more amazing than the human being who emerges from the rubble.
As it turns out, the castaway is Robinson Crusoe (voice of Matthias Schweighöfer), a character made famous in Daniel Defoe’s classic novel. This version of the story is told through the eyes of the parrot who is eventually named Tuesday, and the rest of the bird’s animal pals: Rosie the Tapir (voice of Ilka Bessin), Carmello the chameleon (voice of Gerald Schaale), Pango the aardvark (voice of Tobias Lelle), Scrubby the goat (voice of Dieter Hallervorden), Epi the porcupine (voice of Aylin Tezel) and another feathered friend called Kiki (voice of Melanie Hinze).
Told with all the depth of a Saturday morning cartoon, and looking like the graphics from a video game, this animation simplifies the plot and presents a bumbling Englishman attempting to survive on his own. Feeling sorry for the inept soul, the indigenous creatures lend a wing and a paw to help him build a nest in a large tree. Of course plenty of slapstick antics ensue.
Not all of the danger is harmless however. Some drunken pirates make an appearance and try to force the landlubber to join their ranks. And a couple of mangy cats (voiced by Ghadah Al-Akel and Tommy Morgenstern), that also managed to escape the sinking ship, prove to be an ongoing threat. Angry and hungry the pair resolve to seek vengeance on the man, wreak havoc on the larger critters, and eat the smaller ones. (They do succeed in killing a character, and that death is depicted.) The felines have a secret weapon as well – their ability to multiply! Soon their increased population is invading the whole ecosystem.
Although The Wild Life is only 90 minutes long, it moves along at a plodding pace. The script has little intelligence to share, including (thankfully) any of the agendas many moviemakers seem determined to impart to an impressionable audience. For young viewers, the very black and white characters, silly action and not too scary bad guys may be mildly entertaining. However, it is probably safe to say, most of the adults who accompany them will be as eager to get off this tedious island as Tuesday and Robinson Crusoe.Directed by Vincent Kesteloot, Ben Stassen. Starring Yuri Lowenthal, David Howard. Running time: 90 minutes. Theatrical release September 9, 2016. Updated July 17, 2017
The Wild Life
Rating & Content Info
Why is The Wild Life rated PG? The Wild Life is rated PG by the MPAA for mild action/peril and some rude humor.
Violence: Portrayals of slapstick and non-graphic violence are frequent. These feature weapons use, hitting, falling, crushing, fire and explosions, as well as hanging from cliffs and ropes. Characters face perilous situations, including shipwreck and pirate attacks. A character is killed, and the deaths of serval others are implied. A character suffering from seasickness vomits. Scary looking cats hunt and try to harm other characters: they are also abusive to each other. Skeletons of dead animals are shown. Cannibalism, walking the plank, and the gallows are mentioned.
Sexual Content: Mild sexual innuendo occurs. A pregnant cat shows off her large belly and nipples.
Language: A couple of mild profanities are used.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Pirates frequently drink alcohol, and some of these characters are depicted as intoxicated.
Page last updated July 17, 2017
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The Wild Life Parents' Guide
By definition, an invasive species is one that is not native to its location, and reproduces/spreads to such a degree that it is considered harmful to its environment. Examples of this in real life include the introduction of rabbits into Australia, or the spread of Killer Bees. How do the cats in this film fit this description? How might too many of any animal be a problem for the survival of other animals living in a small space, like the island?
As Robinson Crusoe makes the island more habitable for himself, he also makes life easier for his furry and feathered friends. What are the benefits of these lifestyle changes? What are the dangers of domesticating wild animals?
News About "The Wild Life"
From the Studio: GET READY FOR A NEW TAKE ON A CLASSIC TALE AS WE GET LOST WITH ROBINSON CRUSOE AND A BUNCH OF ADORABLE ANIMALS ON A DESERT ISLAND. FROM THE MAKERS OF A TURTLE’S TALE AND THE HOUSE OF MAGIC COMES A FUN-FILLED ADVENTURE WITH EYE-POPPING 3D FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY TO ENJOY.
The most recent home video release of The Wild Life movie is November 29, 2016. Here are some details…
Home Video: The Wild Life
Release Date: 29 November 2016
The Wild Life releases to home video (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD or DVD) with the following special features:
- A Wild World: Making The Wild Life
- Meet the Characters
- Tips for Your Trip
- The Wild Life Musical Adventure