The Wild [2006] [G] - 2.3.1

In this computer-animated comedy-adventure, featuring an assortment of animals from the New York Zoo. Sutherland's Samson is the zoo's big sports star and also the overly boastful dad of teenage cub Ryan, who has been beguiled by Dad's tales of the old battles and wants to see for himself. A lion cub becomes desperate to experience the wild, after listening to its father talk about incredible adventures. The little lion figures out a way to escape, but does not expect the difficulties it will encounter. Its father, along with a giraffe, an anaconda, a koala, and a squirrel, try to follow and discover what a jungle the city can be. They embark on a dangerous mission to rescue the cub. The film has a vocal ensemble - Kiefer Sutherland (as the respected lion leader, Samson), Greg Cipes (as Samson's son, Ryan), Jim Belushi (as Benny, the street savvy squirrel and Samson's best friend), Janeane Garofalo (as a quick-witted giraffe), Richard Kind (as a dim-witted anaconda), William Shatner (as a wicked wildebeest), and Eddie Izzard (as Nigel, an acerbic koala). The relationship between father and son has aspects that every father could relate to, and learn from. [1:34]

Discussion Topics - Fatherhood, disappointment, embarrassments, growing up, parental responsibility, the wild, failure, inter-species relationships, prophecies, animal sacrifice, moral issues, excitement, romance, friendship, inferiority, instincts, danger, taking risks, father/son relationships, truth, honesty.

Message: - Don't be in a rush to grow up. We can't fight what's in our nature.

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