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The Wild Life (2016/Crusoe/Lionsgate Blu-ray w/DVD)

Picture: B/C+ Sound: B/C+ Extras: C Film: C

In the vein of other animated films like Madagascar or the recent Zootopia where talking animals take center stage, this new digitally animated family film The Wild Life (2016) directed by Ben Stassen (a Belgian filmmaker who has produced several other animated films such as The House Of Magic, A Turtle's Tale, and Fly Me To The Moon to name a few). Perhaps one reason this didn't get as big of a push in American cinemas is due to its lack of Hollywood A-listers and instead featuring the original Foreign voice cast, including Dieter Hallervorden, Matthias Schweighofer, and Yuri Lowenthal.

On a tiny exotic island, Tuesday, an outgoing parrot lives with his exotic animal friends in paradise. While content, Tuesday can't stop dreaming about discovering the world as the humans do. After a violent storm, Tuesday and his friends wake up to find a human in their mists named Robinson Crusoe. At first viewing him as he would them, the animals and human soon start to speak the same language and help each other survive against a group of savage cats that wish to control the island over their own terms. While predictable, and the animation not up to par with Pixar or Disney, the film will be sure to entertain young kids.

Presented in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1, the animated film shines in high definition with more detail and contrast than the included DVD version (presented in standard def. with an anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio of 2.38:1). As with many other animated films, the HD transfers heavily mirror the detail seen in the original theatrical digital presentation of the film seen in theaters. The sound mix is great too with a DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless track that shines and equalizes the synth-heavy score with the crystal clear digital. As for the DVD, we are given the best it can offer in a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 surround mix that isn't terrible considering the nature of the film but not as impressive as the former.

Special Features include

''A Wild World: Making The Wild Life'' Featurette

''Meet the Characters'' Featurette

''Tips for Your Trip'' Featurette

The Wild Life Musical Adventure

Not the best or the worst, The Wild Life is another animated feature with a familiar story structure.

- James Lockhart



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