The Wild Life
review by Drusilla Blakey
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.
I’m sure most people are familiar with the story of Robinson Crusoe, who is shipwrecked on an island for many years and forced to learn to survive with very little. In the book, Crusoe survives the shipwreck with a dog and two cats. Additionally, he grows some crops, raises goats and adopts a parrot found on the island. Through chance, he ends up helping and befriending an escaped prisoner named Friday.
I found this animated film to be so clever because it breathes new life into an old favorite. The most creative thing about the movie is that the story is told from the point of view of the parrot, named ‘Tuesday’. So funny, because now we have Tuesday instead of Friday as Crusoe’s companion! Additionally, the film stays true to the original story with a dog and two cats surviving the shipwreck. However, a the funniest thing is that the two cats in this film are quiet savage after having lived on the ship for so long and they become our villains. The cats are intent on seeking revenge on Crusoe and his dog whom they blame for all their problems.
On the island, Crusoe is befriended by the rest of Tuesday’s friends, a fun group of animals who find Crusoe to be a very ‘strange type of animal’. They can’t understand human, just like he can’t understand them so of course, craziness and chaos ensue. I felt this was a great cast of characters that brought a lot of comedy as well as heart to the film. I really enjoyed the look of the film and the animation of all the animals and the jungle island was very good.
This is a good fun film for the whole family, so check it out!