When drought threatens a large delta in Botswana, its animals join forces and confront the humans who caused the environmental disaster. Hayao Miyazaki faces competition from this computer-animated 3D production… but he shouldn’t lose any sleep. Its environmental message is heavy-handed, sometimes depressing, and leaves no room for imagination. As for the technical details, the film uses its 3D well and looks good, but the concept will remind viewers a little too much of Madagascar (2005).
2010-Germany. Animated. 93 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced and directed by Reinhard Klooss, Holger Tappe. Voices of Ralf Schmitz (Billy), Thomas Fritsch (Sokrates), Bastian Pastewska (Angie), Bianca Krahl, Margot Rothweiler, Peter Gröger.
Trivia: Original title: Konferenz der Tiere. In Britain, the characters were voiced by among others Stephen Fry, Dawn French, Joanna Lumley, Jim Broadbent, Vanessa Redgrave and Andy Serkis.