The Wild (U) <!-- none onestar twostar threestar fourstar fivestar -->

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The Independent Culture

Ten minutes into this animated tale of super furry animals hightailing it from New York Zoo to the African jungle, I felt certain that I'd seen it before. Then the penny dropped: Hollywood always does movies in pairs, and this one follows up last year's CGI jungle-romp Madagascar. This is marginally better by virtue of a wittier script and voicework, including Kiefer Sutherland as a lion who's never known the wild and Eddie Izzard as a koala with a nice line in stand-up. Not one of Disney's finest, but how often do we have to say that nowadays?