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The Wild

4.3 3
Director: Steve "Spaz" Williams

Cast: Kiefer Sutherland, Jim Belushi, Eddie Izzard


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A handful of zoo animals leave behind their well-protected environment for the streets of the big city in this computer-animated comedy. Sampson (voice of Kiefer Sutherland) is the king of a make-believe jungle far from the African plains -- he's a lion on display at a zoo in New York City's Central Park, and he lords it over the other animals, including Nigel (voice


A handful of zoo animals leave behind their well-protected environment for the streets of the big city in this computer-animated comedy. Sampson (voice of Kiefer Sutherland) is the king of a make-believe jungle far from the African plains -- he's a lion on display at a zoo in New York City's Central Park, and he lords it over the other animals, including Nigel (voice of Eddie Izzard), a testy koala bear; Larry, a dumb but well-meaning snake; Kazar (voice of William Shatner), a wildebeest with a will to power and a passion for choreography; Bridget (voice of Janeane Garofalo), a bright but cynical giraffe; and Benny (voice of Jim Belushi), a very New York-ish squirrel who is good friends with Sampson and is trying to romance Bridget without much success. The pride and joy of Sampson's life is his son, Ryan (voice of Greg Cipes), and he's devastated when one day Ryan is crated up and sent away to another zoo. Sampson is desperate to find his boy, and with the help of his pals he escapes the zoo and sets out on a rescue mission. However, midtown Manhattan is a new and unfamiliar territory for Sampson and the other critters, and they have a hard time adjusting to the concrete canyons of the Big Apple. The Wild was the first directorial credit for animator and special-effects artist Steve "Spaz" Williams.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
How do you get to The Wild? Go straight to Finding Nemo and turn left at Madagascar. This computer-animated Disney feature covers similar terrain to those recent hits, which invited comparisons that didn’t help it at the box office. The lead character here is a lion named Samson (a game Kiefer Sutherland), who may not be king of the jungle, but he is the star attraction at the New York Zoo, where he regales his young son, Ryan, with stories of his heroics on the veldt. Too bad they are just stories. Ryan has not yet found his roar, and he is tired of living in his father's immense shadow. When he finds himself on a cargo ship bound for Africa, it is up to the domesticated Samson to rescue him. Along for the wild ride are a menagerie of comic-relief characters including Bridget (Janeane Garofalo), a smart and sexy giraffe; Benny the squirrel (Jim Belushi), who's nuts about Bridget; Larry (Richard Kind), an addled anaconda; and Nigel, a sardonic koala (Eddie Izzard, who takes scene-stealing honors with Robin Williams-like virtuosity). In Africa, Samson meets his redemptive match in Kazar (William Shatner), a wildebeest (and amateur choreographer) who wants to elevate his species' place in the food chain. The Wild is an incessantly hyperverbal, fitfully funny comedy with age-inappropriate jokes that strain to cast a net beyond the core child audience. But the animation is stunningly textured and, during one of Samson's yarns, refreshingly expressionistic. One memorable sequence finds the escaped animals gazing with wonder at a neon-lit nocturnal New York, accompanied by Coldplay's "Speed of Sound."

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Backstage Disney: Bloopers and Blunders - Eddie Izzard Unleashed; Backstage Disney: Deleted scenes - commentary by the film's creators; Music & more: "Real Wild Child" music video performed by Everlife

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kiefer Sutherland Sampson
Jim Belushi Benny
Eddie Izzard Nigel
Janeane Garofalo Bridget
William Shatner Kazar
Richard Kind Larry
Greg Cipes Ryan
Colin Hay Fergus Flamingo
Miles Marsico Duke
Jack DeSena Eze
Don Cherry Penguin MC
Christian Argueta Hamir
David Cowgill Hamir
Lenny Venito Stan
Joseph Siravo Carmine
Colin Cunningham Hyrax
Patrick Warburton Blag
Jonathan Kimmel Scab
Eddie Gossling Scraw (Voice)
Clinton Leupp Mama Hippo
Kevin Michael Richardson Samson's Father
Dominic Scott Kay Young Samson
Nika Futterman Dung Beetle #1
Julianne Buescher Dung Beetle #2 (Voice)
Chris Edgerly Cloak (Voice)
Bob Joles Camo,Ringleader
Keith Anthony Voice Only
Greg Berg Voice Only
Bob Bergen Voice Only
Jason Connery Voice Only
Debi Derryberry Voice Only
Terri Douglas Voice Only
Jeannie Elias Voice Only
Patrick Fraley (Voice)
Eddie Frierson Voice Only
Nicholas Guest Voice Only
Jess Harnell Voice Only
Jason Harris Voice Only
Bridget Hoffman Voice Only
Emily Johnson Voice Only
John Kassir Voice Only
Daniel A. Kaz Voice Only
Joshua Keaton Voice Only
Carolyn Lawrence Voice Only
Danny Mann Voice Only
Mona Marshall Voice Only
Laraine Newman Voice Only
Nolan North Voice Only
Paul Pape Voice Only
Peter Pamela Rose (Voice)
Fred Tatasciore Voice Only
Audrey Wasilewski Voice Only
Hannah Williams Voice Only
Steve "Spaz" Williams Voice Only
Troy Quane Singer
Alan Silvestri Conductor

Technical Credits
Steve "Spaz" Williams Director
Drew Adams Animator
Carlos Arancibia Animator
Christian Argueta Animator
Scott Balcerek Editor
Mike Beaulieu Animator
Adam Beck Animator
Bill Beck Set Decoration/Design
Dana Boadway Animator
Joel Brinkerhoff Animator
Corbin Bronson Casting
Sebastien Bruneau Animator
Sean Burns Animator
Jim Burton Associate Producer
Don Campbell Animator
Jessica Chan Animator
Katie Cheang Animator
Aric Cheng Set Decoration/Design
Brian Davidson Animator
Sandy DeCrescent Consultant/advisor
Edward Decter Co-producer,Screenwriter
Robb Denovan Animator
Mark Donald Animator
Benoit Dubuc Animator
Bryan Engram Animator
Chris Farmer Art Director,Production Designer
Catherine Feraday Animator
James Thomas Finlay Animator
Beau Flynn Producer
Mark Gibson Original Story,Screenwriter
Clint Goldman Producer
Michael E. Goldman Art Director
Philip Halprin Original Story,Screenwriter
Laurie Handforth Production Manager
Lesley Headrick Animator
Matthew Horner Animator
Janice M. Jacobs Production Manager
Garfie James Animator
John Berry Animator
Scott F. Johnston Animator
Louis Katz Set Decoration/Design
Shelagh Kitney Animator
Matt Kowaliszyn Animator
Michael Langford Animator
Jeremy Lazare Animator
Pierre Leduc Animator
Alexander K. Lee Animator
Kevin Lima Executive Producer
Lee McNair Animator
Phil McNally Animator
Graham Moloy Production Manager
Oliver Moore Animator
Ross Moshell Production Manager
Gary O'Brien Animator
Richard Oey Animator
Keith Osborn Animator
Matthew Otto Animator
Jason Owen Animator
Chad Owens Art Director
Jane Park Co-producer
Donna Parker Producer
David Parsons Animator
David Pate Animator
Alexander Poei Animator
Andres Puente Animator
Jen Rudin-Pearson Casting
Dennis S. Sands Sound Mixer
Chris Sauve Animator
Daryl Sawchuk Animator
Steven M. Saylor Art Director
Sue Hyunsook Shim Animator
Chris Lue Shing Animator
Alan Silvestri Score Composer
Stefan Simchowitz Executive Producer
Nick Starcevic Animator
David Stodolny Animator
John J. Strauss Co-producer,Screenwriter
Benjamin Su Animator
Oskar Urretabizkaia Animator
Will Vinton Executive Producer
Steven L. Wagner Editor
Sebastian Weber Animator
Todd Wilbur Animator
John Wong Animator
David Zach Animator

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Wild
1. The Story [5:31]
2. Zoo's Closed [3:38]
3. Turtle Curling [1:55]
4. The Gazelles [4:31]
5. Losing Ryan [3:31]
6. The Pigeons [2:47]
7. New York [6:00]
8. The Sewers [3:14]
9. Sunrise [3:24]
10. Benny Returns [3:03]
11. The Wild [5:01]
12. The Truth [4:38]
13. The Wildebeests [3:30]
14. The Omen [3:07]
15. Ryan's Capture [6:49]
16. A Real Lion [3:24]
17. The Ritual [3:51]
18. Ryan's Roar [4:36]
19. Going Home [3:11]
20. Credits [5:43]

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4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this movie because it was from Disney and it was something different to watch. While it does have some similarities to the other films, it is currently my 3 year old's favorite movie. And she likes Finding Nemo and Madagascar as well. Might be a little scary for some kids as the wildebeasts do discuss eating the lions. But overall it's cute, has a nice message about being yourself, and the animation is wonderful. Looks like you could pet the fur on all the animals.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a funny movie that, as stated above, lost a lot to it's unfortunate similarities to Madagascar and maybe a bit like Finding Nemo (the whole Dad-looking-for-son thing.) It does, however, have a lot more humor to it than I think it's given credit for. There's a lot of comedic asides, more than slapstick humor of some other animated movies. Eddie Izzard as a koala is hilarious, and the animation is quite stunning. I bought it sight unseen and am not disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago