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2010 Running time: 93 Certificate: u Rating: 3
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Synopsis

When a massive dam and resort complex blocks off the water supply to the African plain the animals - many of them implacable enemies - come together to put things right. An impressive cast ranging from James Corden to Dawn French (and inevitably Stephen Fry) voice a veritable zoo of critters including a plucky meerkat, doleful lion and cocky French cockerel. This simple tale - originally made for a German audience - with its strong environmental themes will appeal to younger children.

Directors

  • Reinhard Klooss

  • Holger Tappe

Cast

  • James Corden

  • Stephen Fry

  • Dawn French

  • Omid Djalili

  • Jim Broadbent

Review

If you kitted Al Gore out in a furry animal costume and put him on a soapbox you'd have a rough idea of the environmental message trumpeted in this harmless kids' fare.

Man is bad. That's a given. He's drunkenly ramming oil tankers onto rocks, setting fire to the Australian outback and building a gi-normous dam, cutting off the water to the African plain.

Something needs to be done...but the animal kingdom is in disarray. Polar bears are floating south, 700-year-old Galapagos turtles have to quit their oil-despoiled habitat while rival rhinos and wildebeest just can't see eye to eye.

However, there is hope. Brave little Meerkat Billy (Corden), with the help of pacifist lion Socrates (Fry) manages to rally the animals...and they set off up a dried-up gorge to destroy the water-barring dam.

Aiming to appeal to fans of Ice Age and Madagascar, this German production (re-voiced with a British cast) comes across a little on the preachy side even if you can't really fault its environmental message.

The CGI is of a decent standard but these days you're up against the narrative sophistication of the likes of Pixar and this never rises to those giddy heights.

Still, younger children will find plenty to enjoy.