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The Wild

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Steve "Spaz" Williams
Produced by Clint Goldman
Beau Flynn
Written by Mark Gibson
John J. Strauss
Ed Decter
Starring Kiefer Sutherland
Jim Belushi
Greg Cipes
Eddie Izzard
Janeane Garofalo
Richard Kind
William Shatner
Patrick Warburton
Chris Edgerly
Bob Joles
Colin Hay
Don Cherry
Studio C.O.R.E. Feature Animation
Distributed by Walt Disney Pictures
Buena Vista International
Release date(s) April 14, 2006 (2006-04-14)
Running time 94 minutes
Country Canada
United States
Language English
Budget $80 million
Gross revenue $139,722,445

The Wild is a computer-animated film directed by Steve 'Spaz' Williams, produced by Clint Goldman, assistant produced by Jim Burton and C.O.R.E. Feature Animation, and was released by Walt Disney Pictures on April 14, 2006, in the United States.



The film begins with Samson, a lion, telling his son Ryan stories of his adventures in the wild. Ryan attempts to imitate his father's roar, but all he can manage is a squeaky growl. Ryan is teased by the zoo guests and he sulks away in his tree. During the night, when the zoo closes, all the animals are free to roam. Samson heads off to play a game of curling with the other animals, while Ryan is taunted to come with his friends to stalk the gazelles like his father. On the other hand, Samson observes as his best friend Benny, a squirrel, tries to get Bridgette the giraffe to go out with him, but she is clearly not interested. Meanwhile, Ryan's friends sneak into the gazelle exhibit. Ryan tries to stop them with a roar, but growls instead. However, it wakes the gazelles into a stampede, which ruins his father's game. He gets angry at Ryan, berating him for spending all day sulking. Ryan retaliates by saying he sulks because he would feel much better being a loser if his father wasn't 'Samson the Wild'.

That night, Ryan accidentally gets shipped into the 'Green Boxes', which Legend tells will take him to the wild. With the help of a pigeon, Samson and Benny go after him, sneaking into a garbage disposal truck. However, Nigel (an unlucky koala), Larry (a dim-witted anaconda) and Bridgette tag along to help as well, accidentally throwing Benny off the truck. After nearly being crushed in the garbage disposal, the group encounters a pack of rabid stray dogs. To their surprise, Samson makes them hide in the sewer rather than fight. There, they take directions from two street wise alligators who lead them to the docks.

The next morning, the four friends steal a boat (quickly figuring out they can't actually drive it) to chase after Ryan's ship. They reunite with Benny, who has enlisted some Canadian geese to help steer the crew in the right direction. After several days, Nigel goes mad with the heat and thirst, and, under the impression they have hit an iceberg, jumps overboard. Luckily, the boat has run aground in Africa. The group quickly discovers that all the animals in the area are being evacuated, as a nearby volcano has begun billowing ominous black smoke. They witness Ryan escaping, but he runs into the jungle before they can stop him. Samson attempts to use his instincts to find him, but it is quickly revealed that he has never been in the wild before. The rest of the group head back to the ship, but Samson decides to keep trying to find Ryan.

While walking Samson sees plants and rocks turning into different colors; he thinks they are his senses. Nigel is captured by a group of wildebeests who dwell in the volcano, and their leader Kazar pronounces him King, based on an 'omen' he received when he was young. About to be devoured by lions, a toy koala fell from the sky (unknown to him it was actually from a plane) and scared the lions away, saving his life. Kazar wants to change the food chain; he no longer wants his kind to be at the bottom, but would rather see "prey become predators" and vice versa. For this, he needs to sacrifice a lion. Bridget and Larry are also captured and held prisoner.

Ryan is left sheltering in a branch of an old tree, but he is attacked by a gang of vultures acting under orders from Kazar. The branch breaks and traps his paw. Ryan attempts a roar but again can only manage a squeak. Samson hears Ryan's cries and runs to save him, scaring off the birds. The two reunite, but are interrupted by a pack of wildebeests. Ryan is shocked when Samson tells him to run. The two retreat to a tree where Samson reveals the truth - he was born in the circus and, like Ryan, couldn't roar. His father was ashamed, telling him a wild lion could roar, before allowing his son to be sent to the zoo, where Samson lied to avoid the shame. Meanwhile, the wildebeest discover them and, in the scuffle, send the tree over the cliff, with Samson still hanging on. Ryan is taken back to the volcano to be sacrificed.

Samson is found later by Benny, and together they follow Samson's 'instinct' to the volcano in which the wildebeests are. This instinct turns out to be a group of chameleons who can camouflage themselves to look like they are leading his way - they help Samson because they want to see the wildebeests overthrown. Nigel tries his best to distract Kazar and the others from harming his friends (who are going to be cooked in a fire for dinner), but eventually Samson appears. He ends up fighting Kazar in order to protect the others and Ryan. As they fight, Kazar orders the other wildebeests to help him. His second in command, Blag, tells him that the wildebeests are tired of pretending to be something that they're not, and refuse to help. In response, Kazar continues fighting by himself - but both Samson and Ryan finally find their real roars. Samson then unleashes a roar so powerful, knocking out Kazar and triggering the eruption of the volcano.

The animals hurry outside, but Kazar remains, ecstatic about finally being 'top of the food chain'. However, he is crushed by rocks as the volcano explodes. Luckily, Samson, Ryan, Bridget, Nigel, Larry, Benny, Cloak, Cameo, and the wildebeest all escape, leaving the wild just seconds before the volcano triggers an eruption that destroys it completely. Ryan tells Samson that he is glad that he saw the wild before it disappeared and he and his father reconcile. Both are happy that they found their roars. Meanwhile Benny tells Bridget that she is more than just a ‘goddess’ that she's also strong and independent, much to Bridget's delight, and she kisses him, thus starting their relationship. Samson and Blag begin a dance off, and all the animals join in.

It ends with a fade out but, before total blackness, the music pauses and one of the wildebeest peers through the hole, which closes on his neck and chokes him. He coughs and Nigel appears, holding the Statue of Liberty torch that he has carried throughout the film, and hits the wildebeest with it. He then apologizes to the audience, breaking the fourth wall in the process.

Criticism caused by Madagascar similarities

The Wild received some harsh responses even before the trailer premiered.[1] described it as "Madagascar meets Finding Nemo with The Lion King thrown in for effect."

The movie has many similarities to Madagascar including its setting in New York's Central Park Zoo, similar animals as characters, and the primary plot of introducing zoo animals to the wild. The name of the film and the tag line, "Start spreading the newspaper", a play on the opening line from the "Theme from New York, New York", were both used as integral plot points in Madagascar. Rotten Tomatoes describes the critics' consensus on The Wild as "With a rehashed plot and unimpressive animation, there's nothing wild about The Wild".[2] The common theme with Finding Nemo is an animal father on the search for his kidnapped son.

This would not be the first time for Disney and DreamWorks that two films with a similar theme were released in proximity timewise. In the fall of 1998, DreamWorks released its talking bug film Antz mere weeks before Disney/Pixar released A Bug's Life. A similar scheduling occurred in 2000 when DreamWorks released The Road to El Dorado against Disney's The Emperor's New Groove, both set in Central/South America. In 2001, Pixar released Monsters Inc. almost simultaneously with Dreamworks' Shrek, both telling stories about monsters. Later on in 2004, DreamWorks released Shark Tale, which had an underwater theme resembling that of Pixar's Finding Nemo (2003), and the new film Ratatouille has a rodent-themed world like Flushed Away (although Flushed Away was merely helped by DreamWorks).

Similar themes between Disney's and Dreamworks' films were not limited to animated films. In 1998,Disney's Touchstone Pictures released the blockbuster Armageddon two months after Dreamworks' Deep Impact.



Main characters

  • Samson: Samson is a male lion and the protagonist of the film. His son, Ryan, is lost after lecturing him for inadvertently putting the others in danger. While he has been always known to be wild, he is really a circus lion cub, and a zoo lion at heart. Even though he brags about knowing a lot about the wild, his secret is that he's never really been, and is making all of the stories up. Samson is a good person though, and doesn't mean to fool his friends.
  • Benny Squirrel: Benny is a street-smart squirrel with great knowledge. He is Samson's best friend and is the only one who knows Samson's secret. He also has a huge crush on Bridget and at the beginning of the movie asks her out but she refused.
  • Kazar: The antagonist of the film, Kazar is a wicked wildebeest who no longer wants to dwell at the bottom of the food chain. He is somewhat insane, actually wanting to eat meat and was successful in convincing other wildebeest. Attempting to eat Samson and his friends, he is soon defeated by Samson and Ryan, and is left to perish in the volcano where he and his minions (though they don't really want to) plan to turn predators into prey (This character was one of the reasons why the movie was unsuccessful).
  • Nigel: Hallucinating and always unpredictable, Nigel is a koala who's recognized by the NY Zoo's famous plush toy and is tired of being "cute". Assisting Samson in rescuing Ryan, his life is somewhat changed, however, when he's worshipped by wildebeests upon reaching Africa. Worshipped because of a talking plush which is responsible for scaring a pack of lions that away when it falls off a biplane, into the savannah plains. Nigel soon sees the error of his ways when the wildebeests attempt to eat his friends and escapes with the others back home.
  • Bridget: An insecure and easily pampered giraffe, Bridget is the only female in the group. She is quick-witted and wants to be seen as strong and independent.
  • Larry: A dim-witted yet very good hearted anaconda who tries to keep up with Samson and the gang, despite his lack of hands or legs. Though he does help, being the stretchiest animal in the zoo, he can be many things, such as a turtle shooter at turtle curling.
  • Ryan: Ryan is Samson's eleven-year-old son. After he and his friends, Eze and Duke, accidentally provoked a gazelle stampede and invoking Samson's anger over losing the curling championship, Ryan sneaks into a green transport box and winds up getting shipped to Africa. After reuniting and learning the truth about his father, he soon found his roar (back then all he can do is do a squeaky growl) after getting abducted by the wildebeests and heads back home with the others.
  • Blag: Kazar's poor assistant is always in trouble for the tiniest things. Though during Kazar's combat, he gets his sweet revenge he has always desired.

Additional characters

  • Cloak and Camo: Covert agents or not, these chameleons were caught by Benny and shown to Samson, since they might know a thing or two about where Ryan is, but they turn out to be on Samson's side and help in rescuing Ryan. Cloak gets carried away easily; for instance, he revealed his and Camo's names. Camo is more serious than his partner, and sticks to covert agent rules, in contrast to Cloak's "revealing" nature.
  • Stan and Carmine: Two alligators looking ferocious, they might be deadly, but when settled, they can help. And so they do, while helping Samson and the gang get out of the sewers.
  • Scraw and Scab: Two vultures who make quick cameos while finding Ryan out in the jungle, however, disappear, during Samson's mini combat.
  • Galena: Galena is Samson's wife and Ryan's mother. She was worried that Samson and Ryan are in danger and she relays on Benny to find them. She appeared in one of the movie's deleted scenes.
  • The Dogs: These vicious mutts, apparently two rottweilers and a poodle, chase Samson and his companions through the city in hot pursuit. During this sequence, Samson has his chance to show courage, but fails - but he and his pals manage to escape from the dogs.
  • Donald: A turtle used for turtle curling at the zoo.
  • 'Team Penguin: The competition team for turtle shelling in New York. The team's captain is a wise-guy with a Brooklyn accent named Victor.
  • The Pigeons: They play a major part in telling where Ryan is headed, to the lady with the spikes. This flock of birds includes the temporarily insane and unlucky Hamir.
  • The Canadian Geese: New friends of Benny that help at sea to find the ship that's holding Ryan. These geese are led by a spunky goose named Nelson (whose speech impediment bares a striking resemblance to that of Rutt and Tuke's in Brother Bear).
  • Eze and Duke: A mischievous hippopotamus and kangaroo, they are Ryan's friends at the zoo who try to make him go "wild". They coax Ryan to come along with them to stalk a herd of gazelles, a prank that winds up backfiring.
  • Colin the Hyrax: Samson meets one and tries to eat it, but can't, blowing his cover and revealing he's not from the wild.
  • The Monkeys: A group of hecklers who harassed Nigel with a doll that looks like him.
  • Dung Beetles: These absent-minded incects with German accents mistake Benny for a ball of dung.
  • Fergus Flamingo: One of the flamingo bullies that go rough on Nigel. He also sells fish heads at the turtle curling game.
  • Rhinoceros: A rhino at the zoo with a foam hand on his horn who is Samson's "number one fan".
  • Samson's Father: Brutal, Samson's only parent appears in a flashback in the scene where Samson tells Ryan the truth.
  • Mama Hippo and Baby Hippo: When Ryan meets a cute little baby hippopotamus, the infant's screaming mother throws her weight around (literally) which frightens Ryan and he runs off deeper into the jungle.
  • Elephant: After the green box carrying Ryan has landed, the young cub escapes from it and encounters an oncoming elephant, who is absolutely terrified of him.

Reception and merchandise

The Wild opened in 2,854 theaters. According to Box Office Mojo, the film earned 9.5 million dollars in its first weekend at the box office, ranking #4.

Its promotion was small, with only the following promoters: Kraft, McDonalds, Amazon (selling the products and mini promotions on its site), Buena Vista Games, Walt Disney Records and Walt Disney Book Publishing Worldwide.

As of November 5, 2006, the film has grossed a total of $37,384,046 in the United States box office & $102,338,515 worldwide. Its production budget, in contrast, was $80 million. [1]

The Wild was ranked #1 of the top DVD sales twice in Entertainment Weekly (The first time for October 6-12, 2006, the second time for October 13-19, 2006).

Critical reception for The Wild has been negative. The film currently hold an 18% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with a 25% rating from a select group of critics.


The musical score is composed and conducted by Alan Silvestri. The song "Wild One (Johnny O'Keefe song)Real Wild Child" is performed by Everlife. The song "Good Enough" is performed by Lifehouse; "Really Nice Day" is performed by Eric Idle and John Du Prez; and "Big Time Boopin'" is performed by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. The scores "Tales From The Wild", "You Can't Roar", and "Lost In The City" are only a few of the scores on the soundtrack, and "Come Sail Away" is performed by Styx. The soundtrack is available from Walt Disney Records. Clocks by Coldplay was played when the animals were in a garbage truck.

Video games

A video game for Game Boy Advance based on "The Wild" was released to coincide with the film. Players get to play as Benny the Squirrel and Samson the lion as they go through New York, the sea, and Africa to find Ryan, while battling the wicked wildebeest Kazar. The video game was rated "E" (for "Everyone") by the ESRB, with a note for Cartoon Violence.

Games for the film on the website are "Alligator Alley", "Turtle Toss", and "Benny's Lunk Dunk".


Actor Role Animals
Kiefer Sutherland Samson the Lion Lion (Panthera leo)
Dominic Scott Kay Young Samson Lion (Panthera leo)
Jim Belushi Benny the Squirrel Eastern Gray Squirrel (Scuirus carolinesis)
Greg Cipes Ryan the Lion Cub Lion (Panthera leo)
Janeane Garofalo Bridget the Giraffe Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardus)
Richard Kind Larry the Snake Green anaconda (Eunectes murinus)
Eddie Izzard Nigel the Koala Koala (Phascolarctos cinerus)
William Shatner Kazar the Wildebeest Black Wildebeest (Connochaetes gnou)
Chris Edgerly Cloak The Chameleon Covert Agent
Bob Joles Camo The Chameleon Covert Agent
Patrick Warburton Blag The Wildebeest Black Wildebeest (Connochaetes gnou)
Don Cherry Turtle Curling Penguin MC
Lenny Venito Carmine The Sewer Alligator American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)
Joseph Siravo Stan the Sewer Alligator American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)
Jack DeSena Duke the Kangaroo Red Kangaroo (Macropus rufus)
Bill Fagerbakke Eze the Hippopotamus Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius)
Colin Hay Fergus the Flamingo Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber)
Bronson Pinchot Scraw The Vulture
Jonathan Kimmel Scab The Vulture
Phil Daniels Hamir the Pigeon Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)
Colin J Cunningham Colin the Rock Hyrax Rock Hyrax (Procavia capensis)
Kevin Michael Richardson Samson's Father Lion (Panthera leo)


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David Zindell (born November 28, 1952) is an American author known for science fiction and fantasy epics. He was born in Toledo, Ohio, and resides today in Boulder, Colorado; he received a BA degree in mathematics and minored in anthropology at the University of Colorado at Boulder[1][2]. His first published story was "The Dreamer's Sleep" in Fantasy Book in 1984; his novelette 'Shanidar' , which formed the core of his first novel "Neverness", won the Writers of the Future Contest in 1985.[3] He was nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 1986. John Clute writes that the author of "Neverness" is "romantic, ambitious, and skilled."[4], and Gene Wolfe, who is connected with Zindell in a way Wolfe himself was with Jack Vance, described Zindell as " of the finest talents to appear since Kim Stanley Robinson and William Gibson - perhaps the finest."[5].

In the series started by "Neverness", David Zindell probes the nature of future humanity in "an extremely ambitious tale...The young protagonist has all the necessary complexity and drivenness to occupy centre-stage 'cosmogony opera'."[3] His fantasy series, The Ea Cycle has as a theme the evolution of consciousness, through the MO of sword-and-sorcery.



Neverness novels

A Requiem for Homo Sapiens trilogy

The Ea Cycle

  • The Lightstone (2006) - Also published as two separate books:
    • The Lightstone : The Ninth Kingdom (2001)
    • The Lightstone : The Silver Sword (2002)
  • The Lord of Lies (2003)
  • Black Jade (2005)
  • The Diamond Warriors (2007)

Short Stories

  • The Dreamer's Sleep (1984)
  • Caverns (1985)
  • Shanidar (1985) - related to Neverness
  • When the Rose Is Dead (1991)


  • Read This (1994)


  1. ^ Charles N. Brown. "David Zindell: Back to Roots" (excerpt), Locus, v44:6 No.473 June 2000. Retrieved on 2000-09-07.
  2. ^ Seekers of the Ineffable Flame - Zindell biography
  3. ^ a b Clute, John:"The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction", page 1368. Orbit, 1993
  4. ^ ibid
  5. ^ David Zindell

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David Zindell (born November 28, 1952) is an American science fiction and fantasy author with a degree in mathematics. His first published story was "The Dreamer's Sleep" in Fantasy Book in 1984 and he won the Writers of the Future contest the following year. He was nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 1986.



Neverness (1988)

  • To be what you want to be: isn't this the essence of being human?
  • Life moved ever outward into infinite possibilities and yet all things were perfect and finished in every single moment, their end attained.
  • Any robot sufficiently intelligent to clean dishes is too intelligent to clean dishes.
  • The secret of life is more life.
  • Do you want to know the secret of life? Bardo will tell you the secret of life: it's not the amount of time we have, despite what I've just said. No it's not quantity and it's not even quality. It's variety.
  • What's beautiful is that a creator can be astonished by his own creations.
  • For us humanity was a distant goal toward which all men were moving, whose image no one knew, whose laws were nowhere written down.
    • Emil Sinclair
  • I am not interested in things getting better; what I want is more: more human beings, more dreams, more history, more consciousness, more suffering, more joy, more disease, more agony, more rapture, more evolution, more life.
    • from the meditations of Jin Zenimura
  • If the brain were so simple we could understand it, we would be so simple we couldn't.
    • Lyall Watson
  • Before, you are wise; after, you are wise. In between you are otherwise.
    • Fravashi saying (from the formularies of Osho the Fool)
  • Oh, where does the light go when the light goes out? (p88)
  • The universe is a womb for the genesis of gods.
  • "All living things are afraid to die."
    "No, you're exactly wrong, the only truly alive beings are those unafraid to die."

The Broken God (1992)

  • "What is a human being, then?" ... "A seed." "A … seed?" "An acorn that is unafraid to destroy itself in growing into a tree."
    • p. 236
  • The true human the meaning of the universe. He is a dancing star. He is the exploding singularity pregnant with infinite possibilities.
    • p. 236
  • A man lusts to become a god...and there is murder. Murder upon murder upon murder. Why is the world of men nothing but murder?
    • p. 278
  • Poems are the dreams of the universe crystallized in words.
    • p. 296
  • In time, the heart of each religion grows hard and dies. And so seekers of the godly will always turn to new prophets and new ways, never realizing that, ultimately, all religions separate man from God.
    • p. 481
  • Faith - what is this emotion but a desperate attempt to escape from mind-burning fear?
    • p. 424

The Wild (1995)

  • But it is the nature of life that no emotion is meant to last forever...
    • p. 42
  • All men are warriors. And life for everything in our universe is nothing but war.
    • p. 81
  • For it is only in accepting death that one can truly live, and for the human animal, death has always been the great black beast from the abyss to be dreaded or defeated or avoided or hated - but never looked upon clearly face to face.
    • p. 91
  • Truth, like a woman, must be wooed and won - and this only through the purity of mind and the heart’s deep love.
    • p. 388
  • This was the true nature of consciousness and the meaning of matter, that ultimately both were one substance without cause or control outside itself.
    • p. 518
  • For war is never some cosmic accident descending upon a people with all the chance and inevitability of asteroids falling like fire out of the heavens, but only the will and work of man.
    • p. 523

War in Heaven (1998)

  • That was the true terror of war, that often one had to accept danger and simply wait to live or die.
    • p. 207
  • Eternity and pain, pain and eternity -- they are the only two things of which the universe is made.
    • p. 173
  • The belly is the reason that man does not easily mistake himself for a god.
    • P. 175
  • The elite of the universal religions have always substituted belief in the Infinite for the experience of it. We all need God -- but only in small and measured doses. Who can look upon the burning bush and not be destroyed in its flames? Who can bear the heaven and hell of each moment blazing in time? Who can shine like a star? And so, for all but a few of the manswarm, the rare ones who are truly human, it is better to glimpse such a miracle through a dark glass or to grasp it through words only.
    • p. 476
  • In an infinite universe, every point in space-time is the center.
    • p. 537
  • We are the light inside light that fuses into the atoms of our bodies; we are the fire that whirls across the stellar deeps and dances all things into being.
    • p. 599
  • You must remember that an oak tree is not a crime against the acorn.
    • p. 634

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Release date March 29, 2006 (NA)
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"The Wild" is a computer-animated movie directed by Steve Williams, produced by Clint Goldman, assistant produced by John Burton and C.O.R.E. Feature Animation, and released by Walt Disney Pictures on April 14, 2006 in the United States.



Actor Role
Kiefer Sutherland Samson the Lion
Dominic Scott Kay Young Samson
Jim Belushi Benny the Squirrel
Greg Cipes Ryan the Lion Cub
Janeane Garofalo Bridget the Giraffe
Richard Kind Larry the Snake
Eddie Izzard Nigel the Koala
William Shatner Kazar the Wildebeest
Chris Edgerly Cloak The Chameleon Covert Agent
Bob Joles Camo The Chameleon Covert Agent
Patrick Warburton Blag The Wildebeest
Don Cherry Turtle Curling Penguin MC
Lenny Venito Carmine The Sewer Alligator
Joseph Siravo Stan the Sewer Alligator
Jack DeSena Duke the Kangaroo
Bill Fagerbakke Eze the Hippopotamus
Cody Cameron Fergus the Flamingo
Bronson Pinchot Scraw The Vulture
Jonathan Kimmel Scab The Vulture
Phil Daniels Hamir the Pigeon
Colin Hay Colin the Rock Hyrax
Kevin Michael Richardson Samson's Father
Julianne Buescher/Nika Futterman Dung Beetles


The Wild opened in 2,854 theaters. According to, the film earned 9.5 million dollars in its first weekend at the box office, ranking as #4.

As of November 5, 2006, the movie has grossed a total of $37,384,046 in the United States box office & $102,338,515 worldwide. Its production budget, in contrast, was $80 million. [1]

The Wild was ranked #1 of the top DVD sales twice in Entertainment Weekly (The first time for October 6-12, 2006, the second time for October 13-19, 2006).

Critical reception for the movie has been negative. It currently hold an 18% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with a 25% rating from a select group of critics.

It received some harsh responses even before the trailer premiered.[1] described it as "Madagascar meets Finding Nemo with The Lion King thrown in for effect."


  • Directed by Steve Williams
  • Written by Ed Decter, Mark Gibson, and Philip Halprin
  • Produced by Clint Goldman, and Beau Flynn
  • Co-producers Jane Park and John Strauss
  • Executive Producers: Eric Darnell, Will Vinton, Stefan Simchowitz
  • Music by Alan Silvestri
  • Edited by Scott Balcerek and Steven Wagner
  • Production designer Chris Farmer
  • Art director Chris Farmer and Michael Goldman
  • Sound Design and Sound Supervision by Andy Newell

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