“The Wild” is an animated movie about five zoo animals – a lion, snake, giraffe, koala bear and a squirrel- who go on an adventure to find the lion’s son. “Ryan”, the lion cub, is upset because he can’t roar like his dad. He accidentally gets put on a ship bound for Africa and the others breaks-out of the New York City Zoo and go after him.
The characters are very funny, especially the Koala, who is both goofy and smart. And the squirrel has a crush on the giraffe. Kissing may be involved.
Some compared “The Wild” to “Madagascar” when it came out in theaters, but they are very different. “The Wild” is more serious and the animation is much more realistic. It also teaches some nice lessons, including the importance of honesty and why we should believe in ourselves.
“The Wild” is rated G. There are a few scenes involving wildebeests that could scare the little ones.
On The Official Kid Critic Report Card, “The Wild” gets a C+.
Lights Camera Jackson (a.k.a. Jackson Murphy) began his career as a film critic/entertainment reporter in 2006 at the age of 7. Jackson has written nearly 1,000 reviews of new releases. All together he has seen more than 1,500 films. In 2010, Jackson became the youngest person to win a NY Emmy Award, for his on-air movie reviews on Time Warner TV station, Capital News 9.
LCJ appears every Friday morning on WGNA-FM . His movie reviews are also posted on his website, his YouTube channel and the popular website Cultjer.com. He is also a contributing writer for Jerry Beck’s AnimationScoop.com. Jackson hosts the weekly internet pop culture news show “LCJ LIVE” (every Sunday at Noon ET). And “The LCJ Q&A Podcast” features interviews with celebrities and filmmakers. Among those who have joined LCJ on the show are comedy legend Gilbert Gottfried, “Wallace & Gromit” creator Nick Park, Emmy-winning game show host Todd Newton and Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody.
Lights Camera Jackson has been co-starring in photographs with his favorite celebrities since he was 6 years old. “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest appeared in the first. Seacrest was a VIP guest at a local telethon. Jackson, a big fan of “Idol”, approached Seacrest during a break and asked for an autograph. The “Idol” star eagerly obliged. Jackson and Ryan then posed for this photo.
Since then Jackson’s collection of photos with stars from film, TV, stage and sports has grown to over 400. Every one represents a special moment in the life/career of Lights Camera Jackson and includes its own unique backstory.