The Wild Life

September 20th, 2016


The Wild Life

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Release Year: 2016

Rating: 5.3/10 ( voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Vincent Kesteloot

Stars: Matthias Schweighöfer, Kaya Yanar, Ilka Bessin

On a tiny exotic island, Tuesday, an outgoing parrot lives with his quirky animal friends in paradise. However, Tuesday can't stop dreaming about discovering the world. After a violent storm, Tuesday and his friends wake up to find a strange creature on the beach: Robinson Crusoe. Tuesday immediately views Crusoe as his ticket off the island to explore new lands. Likewise, Crusoe soon realizes that the key to surviving on the island is through the help of Tuesday and the other animals. It isn't always easy at first, as the animals don't speak "human." Slowly but surely, they all start living together in harmony, until one day, when their comfortable life is overturned by two savage cats, who wish to take control of the island. A battle ensues between the cats and the group of friends but Crusoe and the animals soon discover the true power of friendship up against all odds (even savage cats).

Matthias Schweighöfer - Robinson Crusoe (voice)
Kaya Yanar - Papagei Dienstag (voice)
Ilka Bessin - Tapir Rosie (voice) (as Cindy aus Marzahn)
Dieter Hallervorden - Ziegenbock Zottel (voice)
Aylin Tezel - Stachelschwein Epi (voice)
Ghadah Al-Akel - Ping (voice)
Tommy Morgenstern - Pong (voice)
Melanie Hinze - Kiki (voice)
Bert Franzke - Edgar (voice)
Tobias Lelle - Pango (voice)
Gerald Schaale - Carmello (voice)
Jesco Wirthgen - Rufus (voice)
Jan Makino - Cecil (voice)
Axel Lutter - John Silver (voice)
Jan-David Rönfeldt - Bootsmann (voice)

Taglines: Just because you're stranded... doesn't mean you can't make some friends.


Official Website: Official Facebook | Official Website

Country: Belgium, France

Language: English, French, German

Release Date: 3 Jan 2016

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Did You Know?

The last Robinson Crusoe adaptation starred Pierce Brosnan, probably best known for Remington Steele (TV) and James Bond movies. See more »

The (Scottish) dog states to the parrot that he is from England (sic) and then states that England is his island. Pretty sure England isn't an island.

However Great Britain (which England is part of) is an island. See more »

User Review


Rating: 5/10

It may not be fair to compare an independent Belgian animation to industry dominators like Pixar, but the film industry is competitive.

This film has excellent animation considering it was made by an independent company. Many vibrant colours are featured, and although the don't burst of the screen like Rio, it does add to the aesthetics of the film. Yet, it does feel like the film is very self contained, but it doesn't impact it in a good way. The setting explored (or not) has a lack of scope and the film clearly suffers from this. But for kids, this will not be a problem.

Despite strong design and animation, the direction is nothing notable. There are a maximum of two slightly interesting ideas (in the form of transitions) but other than that, everything else seems average, with no courageous attempts add to adding anything to the story.

Unfortunately, the film falls flat on the storytelling (particularly through dialogue) which just results in everything being cliché and predictable; it brings nothing new to the table. It appears that the writers just gave up, a shame considering if the dialogue wasn't so forced then the film wouldn't suffer so much. There isn't even an innuendo to keep the adults entertained.

This film is a good way to keep the kids occupied for 90mins, but nothing that adults will obtain any pleasure from (unless you are in awe of the animation which I doubt you will be).


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The Wild Life

September 28th, 1984


The Wild Life

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Eighties teen romp involving Bill and his new apartment, Jim and his rebellious antics, Tom and his crazy self, and Anita with her older man David.

Release Year: 1984

Rating: 5.5/10 (1,123 voted)

Director: Art Linson

Stars: Chris Penn, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Eric Stoltz

Eighties teen romp involving Bill and his new apartment, Jim and his rebellious antics, Tom and his crazy self, and Anita with her older man David.

Chris Penn - Tom Drake (as Christopher Penn)
Ilan Mitchell-Smith - Jim Conrad
Eric Stoltz - Bill Conrad
Jenny Wright - Eileen
Lea Thompson - Anita
Brin Berliner - Tony
Rick Moranis - Harry
Hart Bochner - David Curtiss
Susan Rinell - Donna (as Susan Blackstone)
Cari Anne Warder - Julie
Robert Ridgely - Craig Davis
Jack Kehoe - Mr. Parker
Simone White - Brenda (as Jennifer White)
Beth McKinley - Robin
Michael Bowen - Vince

Taglines: It's casual.

Release Date: 28 September 1984

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA

Opening Weekend: $4,001,000 (USA) (30 September 1984) (1140 Screens)

Gross: $11,020,375 (USA)

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Did You Know?

The cable installer is played by Lee Ving, front man of the punk rock band Fear.

Continuity: During the scene where Jim has the music up too loud, Bill comes in and it appears that he yanks the plug out. After he leaves, Jim turns it back on by hitting play, not by putting the plug back in.

[repeated line]
Tom Drake: It's casual.

User Review

Thomas Drake really could be Jeff Spicolli's brother!

Rating: 9/10

Straight up, I love this film. I love everything about it. It has a great soundtrack, it has a lot of recognizable faces and it is funny as hell. There are so many plots in this film and every one of them is funny in one way or another.

Where as Spicolli lit up the screen two years back, Drake is almost as memorable of a character. All he wants to do is have fun. He moves out of the house without his parent's consent, he skips work whenever he feels like it, he is obsessed with sex, he loves his drugs and booze and he tries to be a good friend. It is his lacksidaisical attitude that makes him such a joy to watch. And he comes out with some great lines. And there are so many tiny observations that you don't see coming but they make you laugh at the sheer velocity when it hits you. One particular moment is when Tommy and Bill are talking about Bill's ex girlfriend dating someone else now. At the end of the conversation, Tommy takes his huge beer bottle and just throws it over his shoulder, casually. He then says good night and the scene ends. It is a perfect scene. Tommy's world is his own. He really lives to party and have fun. When the conversation is over, his time is over and he doesn't care who he offends in the process. He has an innocence about him. "It's casual" is his favourite saying.

Another such classic scene is Reggie handing Bill a donut. He says something to him that me and my friends will never forget because we rewound the film ten times and watched that part over and over again and hurt ourselves laughing. It has to be seen to be appreciated.

Wild Life is a throw back to when teen comedies were funny, raunchy, had a good ear, entertained us and just wanted us to get lost in their world for 90 minutes. Wild Life does all those things perfectly. If this is a film that you haven't seen, give it a chance. It is a classic.

Also check out the army store guy that Jim has problems with. He is a very familiar face now and it is his first role on the big screen.


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