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The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002)

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Critic Consensus: The Wild Thornberrys Movie brings its beloved clan to the big screen for an animated adventure that should prove entertaining for all ages.

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World-traveling documentary filmmakers Nigel and Marianne Thornberry have come to Africa with their family--precocious Eliza, rebellious Debbie and adopted wild child Donnie--to record a miraculous event. Once every few hundred years, as the moon obscures the sun, native legend has it that thousands of elephants emerge from the safety of the forest to watch the solar eclipse. But this time, as they stand exposed in this wide-open Congo valley, they will be in grave danger. Evil poachers Sloan and Bree Blackburn plan to ambush the elephants for their rare ivory tusks. One day, Eliza and her chimpanzee friend Darwin meet a mysterious shaman who grants her the power to talk to animals. But there's one catch--if she reveals her gift she will lose it forever. When Eliza discovers that the poachers are planning to attack the elephant herd, she and Darwin must devise a plan to stop them. But what can one freckle-faced 12-year-old with pigtails and braces do against this type of evil? How will Eliza be able to warn the elephants if she loses her gift of communicating with animals?

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Cast

Lacey Chabert
as Eliza Thornberry
Tom Kane
as Darwin
Tim Curry
as Nigel Thornberry
Jodi Carlisle
as Marianne Thornberry
Danielle Harris
as Debbie Thornberry
Rupert Everett
as Sloan Blackburn
Marisa Tomei
as Bree Blackburn
Melissa Greenspan
as Sarah Wellington
Kevin Scott Richardson
as Shaman Mnyambo
Lynn Redgrave
as Cordelia Thornberry
Brenda Blethyn
as Mrs. Fairgood
Flea
as Donnie Thornberry
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Critic Reviews for The Wild Thornberrys Movie

All Critics (89) | Top Critics (30)

Screenwriter Kate Boutilier provides plenty of sharp patter.

May 20, 2008 | Full Review…

A decent soundtrack rounds off a surprisingly engaging and energetic little-kids' adventure.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Pretty good half-term holiday fare.

March 25, 2003 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The animation may not be in the same class as The Lion King, but co-directors Jeff McGrath and Cathy Malkasian deserve praise for their attempts to render Africa's wildlife as authentically as possible.

January 29, 2003 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Too often feels like a glorified TV episode.

December 27, 2002

An entertaining feature-length version of the Nickelodeon TV cartoon.

December 23, 2002 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Wild Thornberrys Movie

I loved this when I was a kid, but its only for people who know the show well like I did, but now its just an okay movie.

Bradley Wright
Bradley Wright

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I loved this when I was a kid, but its only for people who know the show well like I did, but now its just an okay movie.

Jim Careter
Jim Careter

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½

a fantastic to screen adaptation of the TV show

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards

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