“The Wild Life” (Summit)
By Catholic News Service
Daniel Defoe’s 1719 adventure novel “Robinson Crusoe” morphs into a 3-D animated comedy for kids, co-directed by Vincent Kesteloot and Ben Stassen.
A sailor (voice of Matthias Schweighofer) is shipwrecked and washes ashore a deserted island. There he encounters a wide array of exotic (and exceedingly loquacious) birds, reptiles and mammals, who tell the story from their point of view. The narrator is an exuberant parrot (voice of David Howard) who becomes the human’s companion. Danger lurks from a pair of feral cats (voices of Debi Tinsley and Jeff Doucette) fixated on island domination.
Silliness (and occasional sassiness) aside, the animation is first-rate and the messages of friendship and loyalty are worthy. A few action scenes of shipwreck and feline mayhem may frighten the littlest ones, but overall it is good, clean fun.
The Catholic News Service classification is A-I — general patronage. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG — parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.