Taglines: Adventure’s in full swing!
On a tiny isolated South Pacific Island, a Red-and-green macaw named Mak and his friends live the perfect life. Blue skies, beautiful turquoise water, and lots of delicious fruit and crunchy insects. But every day is the same and Mak is really bored. Convinced there is more than just water over the horizon, he dreams of leaving his little paradise and exploring the world.
Meanwhile, Robinson Crusoe and his dog Aynsley have booked passage on a ship in order to explore the islands. During a very violent tropical storm, the two are locked in the ship’s hull with a pair of embittered cats, Mel and May, while the crew escapes with their lives.
Washing ashore on the island, Crusoe begins to take stock of the remaining supplies while the animals, unsure of what to make of the new arrivals, hide out on the beach. Mak, seeing his chance to get off the island, convinces the others to hide while he keeps an eye on them. Unfortunately, he is attacked by Mel and May, having also survived the storm. Aynsley manages to drive them off and Crusoe takes Mak aboard the wreckage to recover. He names the bird Tuesday and Aynsley convinces him that Crusoe is not a problem.
Determined to take control of the island and make the human pay for the years of bad treatment they had to endure, Mel and May trick the other animals into believing Crusoe is going to eat Mak. They have them attack Crusoe while they go after Mak and Aynsley in order to cover their tracks. In the ensuing chaos, Aynsley is pinned under a door as the wreckage begins catching fire. Mak makes it out in time, but the resulting explosion kills Aynsley and strands Mel and May on “Curse Island”, a rock off the coast that the animals view as a death sentence.
Robinson Crusoe (released in North America as The Wild Life) is a 2016 Belgian-French 3D computer-animated adventure comedy film directed by Vincent Kesteloot and Ben Stassen and written by Lee Christopher, Domonic Paris and Graham Weldon. The film is loosely based on Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, but from the point of view of the island’s animals.
The Wild Life (Robinson Crusoe)
Directed by: Vincent Kesteloot, Ben Stassen
Starring: Matthias Schweighöfer, Kaya Yanar, Ilka Bessin, Dieter Hallervorden, Aylin Tezel, Ghadah Al-Akel, Melanie Hinze
Screenplay by: Domonic Paris
Production Management: Vincent Philbert
Art Direction by: Vincent Kesteloot, Anthony Leveque
Music by: Ramin Djawadi
MPAA Rating: PG for mild action / peril and some rude humor.
Studio: Lionsgate Films, Summit Entertainment
Release Date: September 9, 2016