(2006) dir. Steve ‘Spaz’ Williams
viewed: 04/15/06 at the Century 20 Daly City, Daly City, CA
It’s hard to believe that it’s taken me two months to get back to the movie theater, and maybe even harder to believe that when I finally got out, it was to see the latest feeble offering from Disney, The Wild. Well, actually, if truth be told, maybe it’s not so hard to believe after all, since I have been busy with this Mystery class a lot and also busy with the kids. And also, it’s been raining for 40 days and 40 nights or something along those biblical lines. The other odd thing was going to this theater in Daly City that I had never been to before. It’s huge. You go up two massive escalators to get to the top. Everybody likes it because it’s easy enough to park at and has lots of screens and whatnot. It’s amazing how city folks appreciate aspects of suburbia.
The movie itself was pretty weak. It’s nicely animated. Money was spent on that. The designs aren’t particularly exciting. And though I haven’t seen it, it seems to have some remarkable parallels to Madagascar (2005) about a NYC zoo, from which the animals take off in adventure.
The only character that I found amusing was the Koala voice by Eddie Izzard. Actually, his lines are pretty lame for the most part. I don’t know why the Koala is English. He has an amusing face and goofy teeth and gets the bulk of the funnier material. It strives to have him be probably 150 times more funny than he really is, so I am not suggesting that the film is particularly successful even on that note.