The Wild Thornberrys Movie
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Screenwriter Kate Boutilier provides plenty of sharp patter."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Reader
"Thumbs up for The Wild Thornberrys Movie."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Wholesome but also has kid appeal."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"The film's draughtsmanship is more than adequate, the voicing of the characters excellent, and the songs are way above average for such fare."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Amenable parents can watch this with the little ones instead of just using the DVD or VHS tape as a virtual nanny . . ."
‑ James O'Ehley, Movie Gurus
"A decent soundtrack rounds off a surprisingly engaging and energetic little-kids' adventure."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Doesn't do more than expand a TV show to movie length. However, it's pleasant enough and its ecological, pro-wildlife sentiments are certainly welcome."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Splendid entertainment for the 8-12 age group and good fun for just about everyone else."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Better-than-average."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"Adults will be bored into slumber, and even kids deserve something with a little more bite."
‑ Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
"An entertaining feature-length version of the Nickelodeon TV cartoon."
‑ Charles Passy, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Outstanding entertainment for little ones but just as rewarding for their adult companions."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Nickelodeon's animated explorer family runs into poachers in Africa in a sometimes-fun adventure that occasionally collapses into flat, savanna-like stretches."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"Great fun for animal lovers."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson, StaciWilson.com
"It's a fun family safari chock full of environmental lessoning."
‑ Tom Meek, Boston Phoenix
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