Cast - 40%
Story - 50%
Music Score - 50%
Effects/Quality - 50%
Originality - 70%
Robinson Crusoe aka The Wild Life is a fresh animated movie from French production company, StudioCanal in which the animals aren’t merely human sidekicks but actually tell and drive the story. It’s a great babysitting movie which offers up a fresh angle to this story with interesting visuals and characters. Added bonus is that they don’t break out into random pop medleys every few minutes.
Times are good for Mak the parrot, Scrubby the goat, Carmello the chameleon and the rest of the wildlife that inhabit a tropical island. Their day-to-day routine gets shaken up when a mysterious creature washes up on shore. He’s a sailor named Robinson Crusoe, and he’s the only human survivor of a terrible storm that destroyed his ship. As the animals get to know their peculiar new guest, they find him to be a useful ally when two conniving cats try to seize control of their exotic paradise.
It feels misplaced in a landscape of Disney and Pixar movies as it tries to edge in but still worth a chance at watching. Anything involving pirates is a big risk and rarely works in movies but at least that’s not the main aspect of the story. Essentially kids would love it and adults will be mildly amused by it, visually it’s bright, busy and well animated. Surprises await you in this version of this classic story as told by fresh voice acting.
There is also a game on the Google play store that you may also want to get for the kids once you finished watching this.
Reviewed on: DVD
Available on: DVD, Blu-Ray, Digital
Age Rating: All
Estimated RRP: R100+
Release Date: 29 November 2016