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Wild Thornberrys Movie
     

The Wild Thornberrys Movie

Director: Cathy Malkasian, Jeff McGrath

Cast: Lacey Chabert, Tom Kane

 

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The Nickelodeon cartoon series The Wild Thornberrys gets its first feature-length animated film, directed by show creator Cathy Malkasian with a screenplay by Kate Boutilier (writer of Nickelodeon's Rugrats in Paris). The main character is 12-year-old Eliza Thornberry (voice of Lacey Chabert), a braces-and-glasses-wearing eccentric girl in an adventurous

Overview

The Nickelodeon cartoon series The Wild Thornberrys gets its first feature-length animated film, directed by show creator Cathy Malkasian with a screenplay by Kate Boutilier (writer of Nickelodeon's Rugrats in Paris). The main character is 12-year-old Eliza Thornberry (voice of Lacey Chabert), a braces-and-glasses-wearing eccentric girl in an adventurous family of travelers. Due to an interaction with a shaman, she has been granted the special power of communication with animals, as long as she promises not to tell anyone about it. Her powers are challenged when her parents, Nigel (voice of Tim Curry) and Marianne (voice of Jodi Carlisle), decide to take the family on an African safari to make a nature documentary. Also along for the trip is snobby sister Debbie (voice of Danielle Harris), feral youngster Donnie (voice of Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers), and pet chimpanzee Darwin (voice of Tom Kane). After her new Cheetah cub friend is stolen by poachers, Eliza is determined to get involved. However, the stuffy Thornberry grandparents get in the way by sending her to boarding school. It's up to Eliza and Darwin to defeat the poachers and save the cub. Also featuring the voice talents of Brenda Blethyn and Lynn Redgrave.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Add Nickelodeon's The Wild Thornberrys to the short list of popular animated TV series that have successfully made the leap to the big screen. In this entertaining wilderness adventure, the Thornberrys criss-cross the African continent in their Winnebago. Nigel (voiced with true Brit by Tim Curry) and his American wife, Marianne (Jodi Carlisle), make wildlife television documentaries. Their elder daughter, Debbie, is a sarcastic, self-absorbed teen who would be more at home in a mall than the veldt, while the younger daughter, Eliza (Lacey Chabert), is, thanks to an African shaman whom she saved, an adolescent Dr. Dolittle. Eliza can talk to the animals, and her best friend is a stuffy, loquacious chimp named Darwin. If Eliza reveals her secret power, though, she will lose it. The most untamed member of the Thornberrys is the adopted Donnie, a feral child whose grunts are supplied by Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea. Eliza embarks on the adventure of a lifetime after poachers snatch a cheetah cub entrusted to her. Her parents ship her off to a very proper girl's school, but Eliza is determined to rescue the cub and runs away. She crosses paths with two veterinarians (voiced by Rupert Everett and Marisa Tomei) who may not be what they seem. Before the sun sets on the African plains, Eliza will have to foil a plot to trap a herd of wild elephants for their valuable ivory tusks. With its authentic soundtrack (which includes Paul Simon's Oscar-nominated song, "Father and Daughter"), a sophisticated script that supplies wit for the adults and some mildly rude humor for the kids, eye-popping animation, and truly exciting perils for plucky Eliza, young and old will be wild about the Thornberrys.
All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Wild Thornberrys Movie is a surprisingly good little film, one of the better animated-TV-series-to-film transfers. While the quality of the animation is not up to par with the best of Disney, it's much more than acceptable, and far above the quality of the TV series from which it is derived. Quality of animation is, of course, important in a cartoon; but as long as it meets a certain level, that factor is actually less important than script and characters. Thornberrys does very well in both of these departments. The story is engaging and unusual, and the screenwriters have written dialogue that is flavorful and occasionally memorable. The characters are clearly defined; even those that on the surface are rather stereotypical (such as older daughter Debbie) have a degree of depth and originality. Most of all, Thornberrys has heart, and has this valuable quality without becoming cloying and syrupy. The movie has its flaws, of course, such as Nickelodeon's trademark dependence on low humor. These are fortunately made up for by its sterling cast, which add considerably to the film's success. Throw in an eclectic and fairly hip soundtrack, and the result is a family cartoon that adults will enjoy with their children.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2013
UPC:
0883929304981
Original Release:
2002
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen, Color]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:25:00

Special Features

Closed-Caption Music Video: "Father And Daughter" By Paul Simon The Wild Thornberrys PC Game Demo Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lacey Chabert Eliza Thornberry
Tom Kane Darwin
Tim Curry Colonel Thornberry,Nigel Thornberry
Lynn Redgrave Cordelia Thornberry
Jodi Carlisle Marianne Thornberry
Danielle Harris Debbie Thornberry
Flea Donnie Thornberry
Rupert Everett Sloan Blackburn
Marisa Tomei Bree Blackburn
Melissa Greenspan Sarah Wellington
Obba Babatunde Boko
Kevin Richardson Shaman Mnyambo
Alfre Woodard Akela
Brock Peters Jomo
Brenda Blethyn Mrs. Fairgood

Technical Credits
Cathy Malkasian Director
Jeff McGrath Director
Kate Boutilier Screenwriter
John Bryant Editor
Eddie Bydalek Sound/Sound Designer
Eryk Casemiro Executive Producer
Gabor Csupo Producer
Eric Flickinger Sound/Sound Designer
Albie Hecht Executive Producer
Randy Kerber Score Composer
Arlene Klasky Producer
Tracy Kramer Co-producer
Sean Lurie Co-producer
Dima Malanitchev Production Designer
Drew Neumann Score Composer
Julia Pistor Executive Producer
Terry Thoren Co-producer
Norton Virgien Co-producer
Hal Waite Executive Producer
Barbara Bell Wright Casting

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Wild Thornberrys Movie
1. Chapter 1 [:06]
2. Chapter 2 [:19]
3. Chapter 3 [:15]
4. Chapter 4 [1:32]
5. Chapter 5 [1:50]
6. Chapter 6 [1:51]
7. Chapter 7 [3:19]
8. Chapter 8 [2:25]
9. Chapter 9 [4:30]
10. Chapter 10 [1:29]
11. Chapter 11 [5:22]
12. Chapter 12 [:42]
13. Chapter 13 [6:25]
14. Chapter 14 [:34]
15. Chapter 15 [4:58]
16. Chapter 16 [1:23]
17. Chapter 17 [:19]
18. Chapter 18 [3:34]
19. Chapter 19 [3:03]
20. Chapter 20 [1:37]
21. Chapter 21 [4:02]
22. Chapter 22 [1:22]
23. Chapter 23 [2:11]
24. Chapter 24 [4:48]
25. Chapter 25 [2:46]
26. Chapter 26 [4:35]
27. Chapter 27 [:53]
28. Chapter 28 [5:05]
29. Chapter 29 [:48]
30. Chapter 30 [1:49]
31. Chapter 31 [4:08]
32. Chapter 32 [6:46]
33. Chapter 33 [:06]
34. Chapter 34 [:05]
1. Chapter 1 [:02]
2. Chapter 2 [:19]
3. Chapter 3 [:15]
4. Chapter 4 [1:32]
5. Chapter 5 [1:50]
6. Chapter 6 [1:51]
7. Chapter 7 [3:19]
8. Chapter 8 [2:25]
9. Chapter 9 [4:30]
10. Chapter 10 [1:29]
11. Chapter 11 [5:22]
12. Chapter 12 [:42]
13. Chapter 13 [6:25]
14. Chapter 14 [:34]
15. Chapter 15 [4:58]
16. Chapter 16 [1:23]
17. Chapter 17 [:19]
18. Chapter 18 [3:34]
19. Chapter 19 [3:03]
20. Chapter 20 [1:37]
21. Chapter 21 [4:02]
22. Chapter 22 [1:22]
23. Chapter 23 [2:11]
24. Chapter 24 [4:48]
25. Chapter 25 [2:46]
26. Chapter 26 [4:35]
27. Chapter 27 [:53]
28. Chapter 28 [5:05]
29. Chapter 29 [:48]
30. Chapter 30 [1:49]
31. Chapter 31 [4:08]
32. Chapter 32 [6:46]
33. Chapter 33 [:06]
34. Chapter 34 [:05]

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