The Wild

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

The Wild (2006 Movie)

Disney’s “The Wild” is an animated adventure film released in 2006. The story revolves around a group of zoo animals living in the New York City Zoo, led by a lion named Samson, voiced by Kiefer Sutherland. When Samson’s son, Ryan, voiced by Greg Cipes, is accidentally shipped to the wild and ends up in Africa, Samson sets out on a daring rescue mission to bring him back.

Throughout the film, the audience is taken on a thrilling journey through the African wilderness, where Samson and his zoo friends encounter various challenges and learn the true meaning of friendship and family. Along the way, they meet an eccentric group of animals, including a giraffe, a koala, and a squirrel, each with their own unique personalities and quirks.

“The Wild” showcases stunning animation and visual effects, immersing viewers in the vibrant and diverse landscapes of Africa. The film’s soundtrack, featuring songs from popular artists like Barenaked Ladies and Everlife, adds an energetic and fun element to the adventure.

While “The Wild” drew some comparisons to other animated films with similar themes, it manages to stand on its own with its witty humor, endearing characters, and heartwarming message about the importance of family, courage, and embracing one’s true self.

Overall, “The Wild” is an entertaining and heartwarming animated film that offers a delightful adventure for audiences of all ages, reminding us that sometimes the wildest journeys can lead us to discover the truest versions of ourselves.

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  • Type of Movie: Animated
  • Box Office: $102.3 million
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  • Kiefer Sutherland: Samson
  • Jim Belushi: Benny
  • Eddie Izzard: Nigel
  • Janeane Garofalo: Bridget
  • William Shatner: Kazar
  • Richard Kind: Larry
  • Greg Cipes: Ryan
  • Colin Hay: Fergus Flamingo
  • Miles Marsico: Duke, a kangaroo
  • Jack DeSena: Eze, a hippopotamus
  • Don Cherry: Penguin MC
  • Christian Argueta and David Cowgill: Hamir
  • Lenny Venito: Stan
  • Joseph Siravo: Carmine
  • Patrick Warburton: Blaggar “Blag”
  • Colin Cunningham: Hyrax
  • Jonathan Kimmel: Scab
  • Eddie Gossling: Scraw
  • Kevin Michael Richardson: Samson’s father
  • Dominic Scott Kay: Young Samson
  • Chris Edgerly: Cloak
  • Bob Joles: Camo / Ringleader


  • Director: Steve “Spaz” Williams
  • Producers: Clint Goldman and Beau Flynn
  • Music: Alan Silvestri

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