The new animated film, The Wild Life, opens nationwide today. My family and I were able to attend a preview last week (complete with parrots to welcome us to the theater!)
The Wild Life is a fun spin on the tale of Robinson Crusoe, told from the point of view of animals on the deserted island where he lands.
The story begins with Mak, a parrot who dreams of life off his isolated island. He and his friends — Rosie the tapir, Scrubby the goat, Pango the pangolin, and Carmello the chameleon — live in paradise, surrounded by flowers and delicious food. And then during a vicious storm, a strange creature (Robinson Crusoe) washes up on-shore. The animals need to decide whether he is friend or foe, and whether to help him out as he tries to survive on the island.
As Crusoe learns to live on the island (and builds a treehouse your kids will swoon over), he and his friends also discover they’re not alone. Two other sinister survivors of the shipwreck — evil kitties — intend to take control of the island and destroy everything in their path. The animals and Crusoe must band together to defend their home and their friends.
My kids loved the silly humor of the animals (they freak out when Robinson Crusoe takes off his coat, thinking he’s peeled off his skin). And everyone enjoyed watching the resourceful castaway as he learns to live on the island. There are a few scary moments when the cats fight the animals, and there is one minor character who doesn’t make it, but my 5-year old is pretty sensitive and she thoroughly enjoyed the movie.
One of the unexpected bonuses of this movie is that afterward the kids were asking me about the original story of Robinson Crusoe. And…um…I couldn’t really elaborate because I never actually read it. They asked if we could pick up the book to start reading together, and now it’s on our list for the near future. I love movies that take us to more books after we see them!
The Wild Life opens September 9th in theaters everywhere. Rated PG.
We received complimentary passes to a preview of The Wild Life. No other compensation was made, all text and opinions are my own. Images copyright Lionsgate 2016.