The Wild Life (2016)

Theatrical Release: September 9, 2016
DVD Release: November 29, 2016
The Wild Life (2016)


On a tiny exotic island, Tuesday, an outgoing parrot, lives with his quirky animal friends in paradise. However, Tuesday can’t stop dreaming about discovering the world. After a violent storm, Tuesday and his friends wake up to find a strange creature on the beach: Robinson Crusoe. Tuesday immediately views Crusoe as his ticket off the island to explore new lands. Likewise, Crusoe soon realizes that the key to surviving on the island is through the help of Tuesday and the other animals. It isn’t always easy at first, as the animals don’t speak “human.” Slowly but surely, they all start living together in harmony, until one day, when their comfortable life is overturned by two savage cats, who wish to take control of the island. A battle ensues between the cats and the group of friends, but Crusoe and the animals soon discover the true power of friendship up against all odds (even savage cats).

Dove Review

“The Wild Life” is a fantasy-adventure story about Robinson Crusoe and Tuesday (his parrot), and it is a fast-paced viewing experience about Crusoe’s efforts to get off the island. The vegetarian animals on the island have never seen a human before. The animals are leery of him, at first, but then become his helpers and friends. Only the cats end up wanting to get rid of him. The movie includes some animated violence, but nothing graphic. We are awarding it the Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages 12-plus. Parents should consult the content listing, as they might be fine with their children a bit under age 12 watching the film.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: Shut up-1; Shut it-1; people called "crazy," "bonkers" and "nuts"; Idiot-1
Violence: Man kicks cat, and other scenes of animated violence; captain accidentally shoots rifle, which almost hits a crew member; guns shot at Crusoe; man is hanging on a hook by his belt, and another man slaps him; cat attacks man; goat falls down a cliff but is unhurt; object falls on man's head and knocks him out; a few more of these kinds of scenes, featuring cartoon violence, such as a cat choking another cat; a human falls down a cliff but is okay; a cat sets a tree house on fire with man in it, but man is okay; cats fall in sea; man hits his own hand with hammer.
Drugs: Drinking of wine and possibly rum in several scenes.
Nudity: Shirtless pirate.
Other: Man heard vomiting from ship; a dog dies in explosion on the ship, but his death isn't shown; pirate has tattoos.


Company: Lionsgate/Summit
Genre: Animated
Runtime: 90 min.
Industry Rating: PG
Starring: Voices by: Matthias Schweighöfer, Kaya Yanar, Ilka Bessin
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter