The Wild Thornberrys Movie

Synopsis: On an African safari, Eliza Thornberry discovers that thanks to a shaman, she can now talk to animals. When Eliza discovers that poachers in Africa's Serengeti Desert plan to kill an elephant herd with an electrified fence, she and her chimpanzee friend Darwin must somehow find a way to stop them.
Production: Paramount Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 12 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
85 min

I'm Eliza Thornberry,

part of your average family.

I've got a dad and a mom

and a sister.


There is Donnie.

We found him.

And Darwin. He found us.

We travel all over the world.

See, my dad hosts

this nature show

and my mom shoots it.

And along the way,

something amazing happened.

I freed a warthog

who was really a shaman:

Shaman Mnyambo.

He granted me the power

to talk to animals.

It's really cool...

but totally secret.

And that was just the beginning

of my biggest adventure ever.

And now, Phaedra the magnificent

will walk the Circle of Destiny.

Oh! Oh, dear! Oh...

Circle of Destiny, indeed.


Eliza, your friend stinks.

And look at those tusks.

They could poke an eye out.

Darwin, chill.

Phaedra, can you take us

around that tree?


Hey, here's how

our moms make us go.

They nudge the back of our necks

with their trunks.


Like this?

That's it.

And if she wanted us

to turn around

she'd just nudge one side.

Oh, cool!

Yes, rub behind the ear,

and the elephant turns.


Eliza, can we go now?

My butt's gone to sleep.

Okay, Darwin.

Bye, Eliza.

Bye, Phaedra.

Bye, chimp.

Oh, I think I hear

your grandmumsy

opening a fresh tin

of figgy pudding.

Shh. Darwin, listen.

To what?

I don't hear a thing.

That's what I mean.

It's too quiet.

It's a shame you couldn't spend

more time with us, Mumsy.

Oh, two weeks is

more than enough.

You know your father

gets a bit daft

when left on his own too long.

For all we know,

he's searched the entire estate

for his reading glasses.

Good thing I take after you,

eh, Mumsy?


Have you had any luck

locating my binoculars?

Try around your neck.


Bad news.

Jungle boy used the teapot

to store his grubworms.

Dad, Mom, stampede!

Battle stations, everybody.

Mumsy, stand absolutely still.

They're not carnivores.

In fact, the gazelle

is actually quite harmless

unless you happen to be

a tuft of grass.

It's Akela!

Does this sort of thing

happen often?



Thank goodness.

Cordelia, I hate to leave you

but we really need

to get some footage

before it gets dark.

Oh, yes, Mumsy.

Will you be all right here?

Don't worry.

The girls and I will have

a nice quiet evening together.

See you later then.


Oh! Just when

we get something cool to drive

I have to be grounded.

Certainly, you're grounded.

I understand

you tied young Donnie

to a termite mound.

Hey, he was happy.



where are you going?

Just going for a walk.

Have we forgotten

about that cheetah?

It's okay, Grandmumsy.

I do it all the time.

Deborah, does your sister


Talk like a monkey,

dress like a geek?

Yeah. You get used to it.

Come on.

Akela's cubs must be nearby.

Cheetah cubs?!

But to them,

I'm a walking Snack Pak!

Do-do, do, do-do,

do-do, do, do-do, do...

See your soul, open your eyes

From inside,

your soul comes shining...

Hey, guys.

It's Eliza!

Oh, you've grown so big.

Hey, where's Tally?

Here I am.

You should see me run.

I'm really fast now.

Fast? As in able to outrun

defenseless chimps?


You guys remember Darwin.

Hey, I've got an idea.

Let's have a race.


Me first.

Children, it's time for dinner.

Don't look at me.

I'm skin and bones.

Mom, Eliza wants us to race.

No. The plains are too dangerous

for little ones like you.

But Akela, I'll be with them.

I'd never let anything happen.

You can trust me.

-Please, Mom?


All right, Eliza.

But keep an eye on them.

And don't go beyond

the acacia tree.

You don't have to be old

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Arlene Klasky

Arlene Klasky (born May 26, 1949) is an American animator, graphic designer, producer and co-founder of Klasky-Csupo with Gábor Csupó. In 1999, she was named one of the “Top 25 Women in Animation” by Animation Magazine. She is most known for her work with Nickelodeon in the 1990s and early 2000s. She, along with her ex- husband Gábor Csupó and Paul Germain, co-created the animated series Rugrats, which would become one of the network's most prominent and iconic intellectual properties and spawn a highly successful motion picture adaptation. more…

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