(out of 5)
Now that the Rugrats have made it big on the silver screen, it’s time for another Nickolodeon television show to get up there. Sticking to the show’s main premise, that of a family of wildlife documentarians and conservationists and their magically gifted daughter Eliza who can talk to animals, this delightful adventure takes place in the wilds of Africa. Eliza (Lacey Chabert) has to stop a pair of poachers (voiced by Rupert Everett and Marisa Tomei) who want to kill a herd of elephants for their ivory tusks. After she is sent away to boarding school in London to keep her safe from danger, Eliza runs away and goes back to Africa in order to accomplish her dangerous mission, though she just has to be careful not to ever tell anyone that she can talk to animals or she’ll lose her powers. The deliciously goofy animation that is the trademark of both shows looks beautiful on the wide screen and the film’s large scope is matched by an equally generous heart and funny dialogue. Other voices in the cast include Lynn Redgrave, Tim Curry and Brenda Blethyn.
Production Design by Dima Malanitchev
Film Editing by John Bryant