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Wild Forest is a 2008 American computer-animated adventure comedy film produced by Fox Animation Studios for 20th Century Fox. The third animated feature in the Fox Animated Features canon, it was directed by Mike Bell and Emma Maxwell (in their directorial debuts) and from a screenplay by Phil Anderson, and stars the voices of David Spade, Ashton Kutcher, Reese Witherspoon, David Cross, Jim Carrey, Patrick Warburton, Albert Brooks, Betty White, David Koechner, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kiefer Sutherland, Robin Williams, and John Goodman.

Wild Forest was released to theaters on September 12, 2008 in the United States, and was met with negative reviews and earned $294 million on an $60 million budget. A video game for the film was released on multiple platforms.

 Plot

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Voice cast

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Additional voices

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Production

Development

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Casting

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Animation

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 Soundtrack

In July 2007, Mark Mothersbaugh, who composed the score for Kate & Chris, was revealed to be returning to Fox Animation to score Wild Forest with Hans Zimmer. It was released by Varèse Sarabande on August 19, 2008.

Video game

A video game based on the film was released on September 9, 2008 for the Nintendo DS, Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Portable.

Release

Wild Forest was originally scheduled for a June 20, 2008 release, but Fox moved the release up to September 12, 2008.

Marketing

  • The official teaser was released on November 2, 2007 and was shown before Bee Movie, Fred Claus, Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, Enchanted, and Alvin and the Chipmunks.
  • The theatrical trailer was released on March 14, 2008 and was shown before Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!, Nim's IslandSpeed RacerMetro Cone 2Kung Fu PandaWALL-E, SwappedMeet Dave, and Space Chimps.
  • TV spots began to air in July-August 2008.
  • Wendy's promoted the film with a set of 5 kids' meal toys featuring the characters from the film.

Home media

Wild Forest was released on DVD and Blu-ray on January 30, 2009.

Reception

Box office

Wild Forest grossed $106.3 million in the United States and Canada and $188.1 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $294.4 million, against a $60 million budget.

Critical response

Wild Forest has received negative reviews from critics. Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 29% approval rating based on 143 reviews, with an average rating of 5.4/10, making it the first film in the Fox Animated Features canon to earn a "rotten" certification. The site's consensus reads: "Wild Forest is derivative, full of animal in-jokes, and zany visuals." On Metacritic, the film holds a score of 31 out of 100 based on 48 reviews, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".

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