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The Wild Life (Animation)  : Mild And Tame
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Friday, September 16, 2016
Animation Film
Ben Stassen, Vincent Kesteloot
Doug Stone, Ron Allen, Colin Metzger, Michael Sorich, Yuri Lowenthal, Sandy Fox, Jay


Mak the multi-coloured parrot finds paradise a bore. Food is in plenty, peace prevails, there’s companionship with an assortment of animals, it’s an idyllic existence. Except that Mak believes there’s an exciting world that exists outside their little island.


When Robinson Crusoe is shipwrecked along with his dog, only Mak is curious to explore the possibilities. The other animals are wary and two vicious cats who’ve also survived the shipwreck convince them that Crusoe is up to no good. But in an attack by the cats, Mak finds a friend in Crusoe and his dog. Mak even likes being called Tuesday, the new name Crusoe has given him. As he tells the other cryptic animals, this human saved my life and his dog even gave up his life to save me from the cats.


It takes a while but clumsy, klutzy and kind Crusoe soon wins them all over. Though he pines to be back in England watching the sun set over the Thames, he makes himself comfortable in his new home. The animals who like having him around, pitch in to help him build a tree house for all of them, and it’s a united front that finally stands up to the wily, vicious cats.


The animation is technically sound and the voice-overs are all conventionally appropriate. But two directors, Vincent Kesteloot and Ben Stassen, and three writers, Lee Christopher, Domonic Paris and Graham Weldon, have crafted a film that’s immensely childish.


It starts off with a pirate attack but that’s only a springboard for telling the story of Crusoe and his animal friends. And that’s just it. There’s nothing more to it than a motley bunch of cute animals.    


For a film that doesn’t hold the interest of anybody who’s more than six years old, The Wild Life gets a 2* rating.


Reviewed by
Bharathi S Pradhan
Senior Journalist & Author


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