This Could Be The Beginning Of A Beautiful Adventure.
Eliza and Debbie are two sisters who don't always get along. But their relationship is put to the test when Debbie's life is in danger, and Eliza might have to give up her power to talk to animals....
2.35 : 1
Rated PG for some adventure peril.
Adventure, Animation, Family, Comedy, Fantasy
Chimpanzee, Africa, Elephant, Shaman, Safari
DTS, Dolby Digital
Has Detailed Data (New)
1, 2, 3, 7, 8
Count - Awards
US Box Office
Country Of Origin
The film begins with Eliza Thornberry (voiced by Lacey Chabert), aged 12, playing with a family of cheetahs in East Africa, where her parents work as roving wildlife photographers for a television nature show. Eliza has the magical ability to talk and communicate with wild animals. The cheetah mother, Akela (voiced by Alfre Woodard), has left Eliza in charge of her cubs; however, Eliza strays beyond the security of the area, and one of the cheetah cubs, Tally (voiced by Kimberly Brooks), is kidnapped by a poacher. Eliza's persistent efforts to rescue the cub lead her British grandmother Cordelia (voiced by Lynn Redgrave) (who is visiting them) to send her off to an English boarding school, because Cordelia believes that Eliza is constantly endangering herself in Africa and Eliza will be much safer in England. Eliza is unhappy because she will no longer be able to view the imminent solar eclipse and will not be able to locate Tally. Eliza's sister Debbie (voiced by Danielle Harris), a materialistic girl who dislikes Africa, is upset and envious that she is not the one being sent away to England. Darwin (voiced by Tom Kane), who is Eliza's "pet" chimpanzee smuggles himself into her luggage and travels to school with her. Rumors about Eliza's past spread through the school, but Eliza becomes more popular over time. However, Eliza quickly becomes fed up with the school and manages to persuade her new stuck-up British school girl room mate Sarah Wellington to lend her a visa in order to get out of England.
Eliza and Darwin catch an airplane back to Nairobi followed by a train back to their family's site. While on the train the duo notice an injured rhino outside the train and get off to help it. Eliza speaks with the rhino who tells her about an electric fence set to kill elephants coming through a pass. Then they are assisted by a young couple, supposedly animal conservationists, and the rhino is taken away by a ranger. A night spent with the couple reveals that the two are actually the poachers who are planning to kill the elephants which will be coming through the pass on the day of the eclipse. Eliza also discovers Tally who was kidnapped. Eliza is discovered by Sloan and Bree Blackburn (voiced by Rupert Everett and Marisa Tomei) while she is sneaking around and they interrogate her about how she came to know about the fence.
Meanwhile, Debbie has been left alone by Nigel and Marianne Thornberry (voiced by Tim Curry and Jodi Carlisle) to take care of her mischievous adopted brother Donnie near their motor home. One day Debbie becomes lost in the jungle while trying to find Donnie and Eliza (the latter having stopped by the comvee with Darwin before the fateful night with Sloan and Bree). She comes to a friendly native village where no one speaks English. After several failed attempts to get her motorcycle out of the mud in which it is stuck, she meets a teenage boy from the village named Boko who helps her to get the motorcycle out. The village members, worried that Debbie will get killed out in the wilderness, send Boko as her guide. Back at the poachers camp, Sloan is tying Eliza up in the trailer and again asks how she knows about the fence. He threatens her by saying she'll never see her family again unless she tells him. Just then, Bree opens the door and tells Sloane she hears someone coming. When they go to investigate, Tally chews on the rope bounding Eliza to free her. She and Darwin get into an argument which Eliza ends by yelling at him to, for once, be quiet and Darwin's feelings are hurt. Eliza then sees Sloan grab Debbie who was the one Bree heard. Eliza rushes out of the trailer to save her, but is grabbed by Bree and held back. Eliza begs Sloane to let Debbie go, but he demands to know her source of information. Eliza says it was just a guess and let's i
The Wild Thornberrys Movie is a 2002 American animated feature film based on the television series of the same name. It was distributed by Paramount Pictures and produced by Klasky-Csupo and Nickelodeon Movies, and was released on December 20, 2002.