Earnest to the point of dullness.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
The Wild follows Samson the lion (voiced by Kiefer Sutherland) as he escapes from the zoo to rescue his cub who has stowed away on a ship bound for Africa.
Jeannette Catsoulis - New York Times
The Wild may just be the most wildly derivative animated movie in ages.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
The too-cool-for-school humor carries on incessantly, relentlessly, as if the four credited scriptwriters were paid by the gag.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
This is a movie to make you cherish Pixar all the more; where every pixel and plot turn in Finding Nemo snaps organically into place, The Wild strains just to get to the end of a scene.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
The animation is exquisitely detailed, down to the lions' individually moving whiskers -- but when's the last time you enjoyed a cartoon for its realism?
Jim Ridley - Village Voice
The Wild isn't stuffed with pop references for bored parents, as Madagascar was, but its juvenile spirit is truly infectious.
Jack Mathews - New York Daily News
The Wild pops out of the pack with its animation. Its visuals are fluid and detailed, and its backgrounds are better than those of recent rivals.
Bruce Westbrook - Houston Chronicle
New seems a bit of a misnomer for Disney's latest animated release, The Wild. A more honest choice? Finding Madagascar.
Nancy Churnin - Dallas Morning News
Younger children will enjoy The Wild. For them, this is a three-star outing or better.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
The movie has a lot more action than Ice Age: The Meltdown, which was essentially one long trek.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
There are a lot of wisecracks in The Wild, but the script is less vital than the visual virtuosity.
Michael Wilmington - Chicago Tribune
Kids under 6 will dig it -- though the alligators and wildebeests might scare them. Certainly they scared this groan-up.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
It's a funny, compassionate, emotionally engaging movie that prompts both laughs and a lump in the throat.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
There's nothing all that wild about The Wild, a tame but entertaining-enough computer-animated film from Disney.
Tom Long - Detroit News
As animated features go, it's strictly paint-by-numbers.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
Uninspired character animation and obnoxious banter aside, The Wild is ultimately done in by the persistent stench of been-there-seen-that.
Justin Chang - Variety
These films take years to produce, so The Wild isn't exactly a ripoff -- but it isn't exactly fun, either.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
So what if the story, once they get to Africa, is no better than Madagascar? It's hard to let wild predators do wild things when those wild things involve killing the other furry friends.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Technically, The Wild is impressive. Until you realize that the lifelike animated fur is the product of more professional care than the script.
Geoff Pevere - Toronto Star
As far as story is concerned, the whole thing feels like a rerun of a raucous Saturday-morning television show aimed at hell-raising five-year-olds.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
The film is a relentlessly loud and ultimately exhausting exercise only partially leavened by the usual heavy doses of wisecracking humor and visual gags.
Frank Scheck - Hollywood Reporter
The Wild comes off as a toothless retread, even though it supposedly has been in the works for nine years.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Kit Bowen - Hollywood.com
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
For all the rest of the film's unoriginality, The Wild moves along with solidly crafted wit.
Frank Lovece - Film Journal International
The Wild is pretty tame, and in the increasingly crowded, competitive, survival-of-the-fittest world of computer animation, it meows but does not roar
Peter T. Chattaway - Christianity Today
Seems like a dull Madagascar ripoff.
Forrest Hartman - Reno Gazette-Journal
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Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
The kids might be better off with a trip to a real zoo, if they haven't had their fill of Madagascar yet.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
The diverse animals are beautifully rendered, but this cliche-riddled Disney failure represents one too many trips to the CGI non-inkwell.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
The Wild is not really bad; it's just tired.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
The animation here impresses more than in the equally defunct Madagascar, but everything else smacks of an easy money-making exercise of such dimwitted inanity even the youngest kids will see through it.
Derek Adams - Time Out
A decade ago, this sort of thing would have felt cuter, fresher and funnier than today, when the bar for CGI animation has been raised considerably.
Todd Jorgenson - Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
The film is ultimately noise and its story is so overdone at this point that far from being swept up in it, we're only hoping that the next plot point isn't as predictable as the last. But things never do work out that way.
Joe Utichi - FilmFocus
The Wild roars back from a rocky opening act to a storming last reel, just managing to claw its way above comparisons with Madagascar.
Helen OHara - Empire Magazine
Watchable animated adventure with one eye on the cuddly toy market, though you've got to love a film that casts William Shatner as a wildebeest.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
What's so aggravating here is the grievous lack of wit, imagination and plain old story.
Neil Smith - BBC
Paul Salfen - Supercala.com
It's noisy and only so-so, though the animation is quite good.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Perfectly enjoyable but nothing special
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
For the adult who may very well have to experience this film, and who may have experienced Madagascar, The Wild is better.
Tim Cogshell - Boxoffice Magazine
There's little to recommend of The Wild, which, despite its title, is about as pedestrian as you can get.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Much of it is so rote and so predictably crushed into the prefabricated Disney mold that it's impossible to kick off the unpleasant aroma of 'been there, done that.'
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
...has little to offer viewers over a certain age.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The Wild, for example, looks pretty good, but the script is just plain bad and the jokes are just plain awful.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
On the surface, The Wild too closely resembles Madagascar. ... Scratch the surface, and The Wild too closely resembles Finding Nemo.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Simply Madagascar through the Disney blender.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
Been there, done that, didn't want a tee shirt
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
don't be mistaking this for a Madagascar rip-off, when it was that sloppy DreamWorks turd that only managed to make it to theatres first because of corporate espionage
Mike Sage - Peterborough This Week
Sam decides to find out where the truck is headed, threatening a pigeon, the jittery and heavily accented Hamir: "Just tell me where the green boxes go!" he hisses, sounding just like Jack Bauer.
Cynthia Fuchs - Common Sense Media
Virtually nothing about it is cute.
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
Am I mistaken or wasn't "Madagascar" about zoo animals going to the wild? That's why "The Wild" seemed incredibly familiar.
Angela Baldassarre - Sympatico.ca
There's a surprising lack of charm that even Disney's dopier recent works managed to achieve.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
Once again, Disney returns to its familiar button-pushing theme of child abandonment. For the studio crowned by The Lion King, the roars have turned to yawns.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
I'm prepared to call it, pleasantly, not too appalling.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Nigel the koala (Eddie Izzard) rates a special mention, emerging as the most loathsome animated character since Martin Short's insufferable robot B.E.N. in Treasure Planet.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Excelente animacion. Flojisimo guion.
Luis Martinez - Cinenganos
When it comes to animated movies, it's a jungle out there.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Another animated film from 2006 that's right in that average category.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
Pleasant enough for the little ones, but unrewarding for the rest of the prospective audience.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Impressive animation, but too much deja vu here.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
The screen credit 'Directed by Steve 'Spaz' Williams' does not exactly make the heart flutter with anticipation.
Scott Von Doviak - Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
As a movie that kids will enjoy with a few adult-oriented gags to keep parents from going completely insane with boredom, The Wild accomplishes its unambitious mission.
Peter Hartlaub - San Francisco Chronicle
There's nothing plotwise here any nine-year-old hasn't seen already -- up to and including the father issues that seem to motivate every Disney animated movie since Lion King.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
Spaz Williams, no spaz, has the current prevailing formula nailed. Which is: Keep it moving constantly; heaps of bold color and diagonally extreme action; snappy quips and snarks for everyone; traumas immediately pacified by cute and/or musical moments.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
[O]ne of the dullest and most unfunny cartoons ever to lurch out under the Disney banner.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Small moments of amusement -- and there are some -- can't compensate for either a feeling of familiarity or the sense that we're watching a minor helping of animation rather than a galvanizing movie event.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
Storywise, The Wild is the most disappointing studio-level entry so far.
Peter Debruge - Miami Herald
fails to live up to its title in every way. ...The animation is slickly executed and the hyperactivity level is off the charts, yet the film is rarely exciting or funny; it's just tiresome.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
With blah CG animation and scattershot punchlines, the movie fails to beat mediocrity.
Lisa Rose - Newark Star-Ledger
A bulky, uneven script with too many narrative cul de sacs (including a pointlessly lengthy curling match at the zoo) makes it hard to stay interested in The Wild.
Tom Keogh - Seattle Times
The movie could have been a delicious bonbon; instead, it is a can of corn.
Pam Grady - Reel.com
The Wild offers consistent laughs, with fresh characters and writing -- and features a much stronger second act. (Madagascar ran noticeably out of steam at the half-way point, when the animals hit the wild).
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Gags consistently trump character. And if you don't care about the characters, then everything's just a big, dumb joke.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
The jokes too often miss their targets, and there's more of a reliance on innuendo and bathroom humor than there should be.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Dave White - Movies.com
With Pixar now effectively partnered with Disney, one can hope that family entertainment as bland as The Wild will be taken off the menu.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
Amid the recycled situations and characters, only a pair of very Noo Yawk alligators gets genuine laughs -- and they're gone in less time than it takes to escort a toddler out of the theater for a wee-wee.
Steve Schneider - Orlando Weekly
I've never seen a less interesting animated film from that studio in 45 years, stretching all the way back to my first viewing of Dumbo in 1961.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
A hit-and-occasionally-miss journey.
Mark Collette - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
Watching this uninspired rehash of other movies, one realizes that Disney's move to install Pixar's John Lasseter as its new head of animation has not come a moment to soon.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
The Wild is not a sequel to last year's delightful Madagascar. Rather it's a half-baked zoo animal quest story buoyed by a father-and-son-learn-a-valuable-lesson reconciliation.
Evan Henerson - Los Angeles Daily News
What's saddest is that Disney, the greatest producer of animated classics in Hollywood history, has now resorted to ripping off its own movies.
Loey Lockerby - Kansas City Star
Scott Von Doviak - Fort Worth Star-Telegram
There's a definite sense of deja vu about this animated adventure/fantasy that turns out to be mild, not wild.
Susan Granger - Modamag.com
a passable movie because of its star, and because talking animals are funny
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
The animation is cheesy; the banter isn't funny; the score is noisy and grating; and the critters look like stuffed animals.
Ella Taylor - L.A. Weekly
Jamais consegue recriar os momentos de magia das producoes da Pixar; ate mesmo seu humor soa forcado, dependendo mais de efeitos sonoros engracadinhos do que dos personagens.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
The naturalistic animation is beautiful to watch, but may help make the violence too intense for the smallest children.
M. K. Terrell - Christian Science Monitor
Despite the title, it's resolutely tame...not only did 'Madagascar' get there first, it carried it off a whole lot better.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
I predict that audiences will not go wild over this one.
Danny Minton - Beaumont Journal
Great animated films -- heck, great films in any medium -- have a theme that carries all the way through. But The Wild is a random assortment of vignettes connected by butt jokes and the half-idea of a lion cub rebelling against his dad.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Most important, the story, even without the been-there-with-penguins feeling, is not very strong, leaving us wishing it was all a bit more...wild.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
The digitally animated The Wild is an undemanding and unremarkable effort like Madagascar, which beat it to the screen with a similar theme.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
...plenty of Disney-style family angst, but not a lot of fun.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
Feels like a rough draft that was dashed off in an afternoon with the intention of coming back later and filling in some comedy, and then somehow never got around to it.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
On it's own terms, it's pretty good.
Eric Lurio - Entertainment Insiders
Disney's latest is an unoriginal mix of Finding Nemo and Madagascar, but the small children in the audience we saw it with simply didn't care . . .
James O'Ehley - SA Movie & DVD Magazine
While the creativity behind the animation is worth checking out -- in some scenes the animals look real -- the story is as tired as the aged wildebeest who plays the film's evildoer.
Laura Kelly - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
It may not be true that animals in a zoo feel jailed, but you'll feel that way if you sit through all 80 minutes of this sub-par animated Disney misfire.
- E! Online
What's truly wild, and sad, about The Wild is that Disney, once the icon of animated originality, has been reduced to releasing this retread.
Melinda Ennis - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
...a film that will appeal to younger kids but fails to reach that important demographic, for all ages.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Even acknowledging that children aren't the pickiest viewers, how many animated films about a band of sheltered, fractious New York zoo animals semi-accidentally escaping into the jungle does any viewer need over the course of a year?
Tasha Robinson - AV Club
Legal professors could stand [The Wild and Madagascar] side by side to demonstrate the concept of 'points of similarity' that help determine whether a work has been plagiarized.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Ending with a sputter, "Wild" still remains an engaging creation, and successful against incredible odds. Here's a note to Disney and Dreamworks: You can stop making the same movies now.
Brian Orndorf - FilmJerk.com
Director Steve Spaz Williams, a former visual-effects artist, misses the exaggerated body language and visual quirks, let alone distinctive and unique features, that is animation's essential element.
Sean Axmaker - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
You will not find a worse movie in Walt Disney's animated canon than The Wild
Sean O'Connell - Filmcritic.com
The filmmakers seem to think that noisy tumbling and colliding compensate for invention and wit.
Gene Seymour - Newsday
The Wild is just more of the same old thing, wrapped in a just barely whisper-thin disguise.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Obvious plot similarities to Dreamworks animated kid's movie "Madagascar" haunts this superior Disney produced CG animated story about a group of New York Zoo animals that go for an unexpected boat trip to an African jungle.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
There's something foul about this latest animated adventure's blatant plush toy-ready construction.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine