The Wild Thornberrys Movie

Starring: Tim Curry, Rupert Everett, Marisa Tomei and Lacey Chabert
RRP: £12.99
VHR 5368
Certificate: U
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Deep in the heart of Africa, The Wild Thornberrys are filming their action-packed wildlife show. They're ready for anything with a fully-equipped, off-road vehicle and a daughter who has a secret gift (she can talk to animals)... or are they? There are greedy poachers lurking in the jungle and it's up to Eliza to foil their evil plan. To do this, it will take all of her courage, strength, and exceptional gifts. Can one small girl save the jungle's majestic animals from grave danger?...

Taking an animated cartoon series and giving it it's own movie is usually a mistake. While the storylines can be sustained for 10 or even 20 minutes, dragging a movie out for just over an hour can be tricky. Thankfully The Wild Thornberrys Movie manages to hold a young audiences attention for the duration, but only just.

We watched this video with an assortment of children, most of whom sat still for the duration. But the last 10 minutes were very touch and go. If you've never seen a Wild Thornberrys cartoon, then don't worry. Everything is explained to the novice viewer and it is easy to pick up the back story.

The story isn't too taxing - your sure to work out who the poachers are way before they are revealed - and the animation is hardly up to Disney's standards, but this is still enjoyable and the script writers knew when to stop in order to keep small minds from wandering.

This video also includes the Paul Simon music video Father and Daughter, which is included in the movie's soundtrack.

An enjoyable hour's viewing, even though the RRP is a little on the expensive side.

Amber Leigh

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