Review by Monique Thompson
Times are good for Mak the parrot, Scrubby the goat, Carmello the chameleon and the rest of the wildlife that inhabit a tropical island. Their day-to-day routine gets shaken up when a mysterious creature washes up on shore. He’s a sailor named Robinson Crusoe, and he’s the only human survivor of a terrible storm that destroyed his ship. As the animals get to know their peculiar new guest, they find him to be a useful ally when two conniving cats try to seize control of their exotic paradise.
The Wild Life is a cute animated film about the story of Robinson Crusoe. Things are coming from the point of view of the animals that make up the wildlife on the tropical island. Mak the parrot leads the pack of animals as they all try to make sense of how and even why a human has landed and now living on their island. The gang ultimately befriends him and helps Crusoe survive on the island.
While The Wild Life has its enjoyable moments, nothing’s really out of the norm here. For the most part, you have your moments of the typical slapstick humor that’ll result in a few chuckles but that’s about it. In comparison to the popular Madagascar series, TWL offers very little competition. However though, the animation makes for a beautiful and vibrant picture. While clearly this Crusoe story is catering to the younger children, adults and adolescents will probably pick up on a few of the innuendos but other than that, The Wild Life is just an OK but still cute film.
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