The Wild Life

(2016)

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Title:
The Wild Life
Release Date:
4th February 2016
Runtime:
90 min
MPAA Rating:
PG
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Directors:
Ben Stassen, Vincent Kesteloot
Writers:
 
Languages:
English, French, German
Stream Quality:
1080p / 720p / 480p

Storyline

On a tiny exotic island, Tuesday, an outgoing parrot lives with his quirky animal friends in paradise. However, Tuesday can't stop dreaming about discovering the world. After a violent storm, Tuesday and his friends wake up to find a strange creature on the beach: Robinson Crusoe. Tuesday immediately views Crusoe as his ticket off the island to explore new lands. Likewise, Crusoe soon realizes that the key to surviving on the island is through the help of Tuesday and the other animals. It isn't always easy at first, as the animals don't speak "human." Slowly but surely, they all start living together in harmony, until one day, when their comfortable life is overturned by two savage cats, who wish to take control of the island. A battle ensues between the cats and the group of friends but Crusoe and the animals soon discover the true power of friendship up against all odds (even savage cats).

Ratings

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 0%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience 77%
IMDb Rating 5.4

Casts

Aylin Tezel as Stachelschwein Epi
Dieter Hallervorden as Ziegenbock Zottel
Ilka Bessin as Tapir Rosie
Kaya Yanar as Papagei Dienstag
Matthias Schweighofer as Robinson Crusoe

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by clj-5 29th June, 2016

What a pleasant movie for both kids and adults

I almost missed this movie - that my daughter at 8 and her coisin at 10 wanted to see - after reading the harsh comments here on IMDb. 5/10? come on!... But I decided to give it a go. And what a pleasant surprise it was. The animations are superb, I missed nothing here compared to Pixar and Dreamworks. And the story and screenplay was above average too. I could name dozens of high profiled animation movies with worse stories. I was entertained all the way, and had to stop myself from breaking out in applause at the end. There's something this studio does in its own way, which is not typical the big studios, and thats refreshing. Looking forward to their next piece. Im giving it a solid 8 out 10, and will definitely recommend this film to everyone. A very fine piece of art. Thank you.

Reviewed by Neil Welch 16th May, 2016

Nothing here for adults

Nerdy Klutz Robinson Crusoe is shipwrecked on a tiny island where, with the assistance of various helpful members of the local wildlife, he manages to survive despite the depredations of pirates and some feral cats. This CGI feature originates from Belgium. It is bright, colourful with attractive set and character design and animation. But it is populated with extremely annoying characters – almost all of them - a story which is almost totally uninteresting, an over-reliance on the villainous cats to drive the plot, an unsympathetic protagonist and a number of things which took me straight out of the film (the island is hardly bigger than a ten-bob note – how on earth does it manage to sustain the varied wildlife?). There is little here for adults and, like Ratchet and Clank just a week ago, I imagine it will be successful with an undemanding audience of youngsters.

Reviewed by E23-films 7th May, 2016

★★★ - ticks all the boxes

In an age where animation has endless possibilities, it's nice to see a movie that doesn't get bogged down trying to be unique, current or for all ages. Robinson Crusoe does a very solid job as a simple but fun flick you can stick on for the kids. But nothing more. Having seen the trailer a dozen times or so, I was expecting to be totally disengaged and bored, but it managed to stay interesting throughout. The animation is surprisingly strong, detailed and textured (especially the parrot's feathers). Though this meant it was nice to look at, a lot of the movement lacked physicality, which doesn't sound like a bit deal but it made some of the slapstick gags less effective. The main problem is the script. There's nothing disastrous about it, it's just very safe and uninventive. We're quite spoilt with the likes of Pixar in their quirky characters and dialogue, which makes movies like this feel badly written. But it does the job. The pretty amateur voice cast doesn't help either, being dubbed from its original French to English. Ticks all the boxes, but is in a completely different league to the likes of big budget Pixar and DreamWorks movies. Not worth paying to see, but if it's on TV it'll happily entertain the kids while you do something more interesting. 3/5

Reviewed by Guy Jeffries 5th May, 2016

Not a total shipwreck but still needed rescuing

An animated feature that isn't Dreamworks or Pixar Disney? Instead an independent animation studios based in Brussels by the name of nWave Pictures. Having a small portfolio but boasting the first 3D animation feature 'Fly Me To The Moon' in 2008 and a fairly successful 'House of Magic' (2013) I'm impressed by their ambition. I have to remind myself that it's a cartoon movie and the target audience would be children as it's based loosely on Daniel Dafoe's pioneering novel, which is much darker involving cannibalism and murder. It's probably more on an ideas of Crusoe as oppose to a movie about the book. It's very vibrant and the animation is great, crewed by voice actor regulars but unknowns. I do wonder if a bigger voice would have promoted this film more; I'm not saying the acting was bad because it isn't. I suppose the budget wouldn't allow the team to do so.It unfortunately doesn't bring the same level of entertainment or laughs that the big guns like Disney and Dreamworks do, however it doesn't feel rushed and is structured quite nicely; I just doubt there enough going on to keep the attention of viewers, especially the younger ones. The characters are good but again just falls short of feeling anything towards any of them. I couldn't pick a favourite character and some actually start to be annoyingly cliched more than anything. Even with a character death, it just hits the deck. It's a good effort and easy to watch, but there's little else to note about it. But keep up the good work nWave! There's some serious hidden treasure there and this isn't a complete shipwreck.  Running Time: 6 The Cast: 4 Performance: 8 Direction: 6 Story: 6 Script: 5 Creativity: 5 Soundtrack: 6 Job Description: 5 The Extra Bonus Point: 0 51% 5/10

Reviewed by tiagodb 16th April, 2016

Near Pixar Quality Animation, Not Pixar Quality Storytelling

It may not be fair to compare an independent Belgian animation to industry dominators like Pixar, but the film industry is competitive. This film has excellent animation considering it was made by an independent company. Many vibrant colours are featured, and although the don't burst of the screen like Rio, it does add to the aesthetics of the film. Yet, it does feel like the film is very self contained, but it doesn't impact it in a good way. The setting explored (or not) has a lack of scope and the film clearly suffers from this. But for kids, this will not be a problem. Despite strong design and animation, the direction is nothing notable. There are a maximum of two slightly interesting ideas (in the form of transitions) but other than that, everything else seems average, with no courageous attempts add to adding anything to the story. Unfortunately, the film falls flat on the storytelling (particularly through dialogue) which just results in everything being cliche and predictable; it brings nothing new to the table. It appears that the writers just gave up, a shame considering if the dialogue wasn't so forced then the film wouldn't suffer so much. There isn't even an innuendo to keep the adults entertained. This film is a good way to keep the kids occupied for 90mins, but nothing that adults will obtain any pleasure from (unless you are in awe of the animation which I doubt you will be).