Thanks to Liongate’s The Wild Life we traveled to San Diego on a unique mommy/daughter camping trip at the world famous San Diego Zoo. We had so many firsts on this trip that I wanted to split this experience up into a couple of posts.
Amtrak transported us to our wild adventure. I’ve always wanted to take the train to San Diego but have been kind of hesitant. We packed up our sleeping bags and necessities and jumped on board at Union Station. The journey took about 3.5 hours, but we didn’t have to worry about traffic and we could snooze or play if we wanted to. Our first stop in San Diego was to screen the film!
The Wild Life an animated feature is out in theaters now and is rated PG. It stars a group of exotic animals inhabiting a beautiful deserted island. Life seems fruitful for the friends until a strange creature washes up on shore after a terrible storm. The creature is actually human explorer Robinson Crusoe. Naturally curious, Mak (a macaw) who has been trying to convince his animal friends that there is more to live than their little island was intrigued by their new guest. After some hesitation, Mak goes to investigate. He warms up to the creature and the animals realize that befriending Crusoe comes with benefits. They co-exist, build a home together and everyone seems to be happy even though the animals have no idea that Crusoe wants to be rescued. Enter the cats.
Two malnourished cats show up and cause mayhem for everyone. These cats might be a little off-putting to little kids. They’re menacing and a bit odd and they leave you rooting for Crusoe, Mak and their crew. The stray cats want to take over the island but the Wild Life work together to protect their home.
The story has an interesting twist and is fun for kids!
There’s no comparison to the animation of Pixar but The Wild Life is colorful and fun. The animals are beautifully orchestrated and the animators did a commendable job creating creepy looking villains. The film was a cool segue to our camping adventure in San Diego and prepared us for some of the marvelous animals we were going to meet at the San Diego Zoo.
Look for our next post and photos that highlight the animals that we met during our stay.
Lionsgate hosted our over night trip to San Diego. Our opinions are our own.