No Pixar, Disney or Dreamworks here. The Wild Life is produced, written and directed by people you’ve never heard of and uses the vocal talents of actors you don’t know. It’s a Belgian-French production, and in Europe, the producers call it Robinson Crusoe.
Whether you call it The Wild Life or Robinson Crusoe, the movie is awful.
The main character is a Macaw named Mak. The parrot is convinced there is life outside the small island he and his animal friends inhabit. Visionary that he is, Mak is laughed at by his pals until Robinson Crusoe and two evil cats arrive. At this point, the film takes liberties with author Daniel Defoe’s classic novel. Eventually, it has more in common with what the animation studio Hanna-Barbera used to produce than the quality of animations we’ve grown used to seeing.
Part of the reason for the stiff and uninteresting dialogue lies in the translation from Dutch to English. Or just maybe this is a terribly written film with so-so animation. My vote is the latter.
‘The Wild Life’
Director: Vincent Kesteloot, Ben Stassen
Mr. Movie rating: Rated PG for mature themes. It’s playing at the Carmike 12, the Fairchild Cinemas 12 and Queensgate 12, and at Walla Walla Grand Cinemas.
2 1/2 stars
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen.
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it’s your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.
2 stars to 1 star: Don’t bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.