Animals United

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Animals United
Animals United (Konferenz der Tiere) poster.jpg
German theatrical release poster
Directed by Reinhard Klooss
Holger Tappe
Produced by Reinhard Klooss
Holger Tappe
Written by Oliver Huzly
Reinhard Kloos
Based on Die Konferenz der Tiere by Erich Kästner
Starring German:
Ralf Schmitz
Thomas Fritsch
English:
James Corden
Stephen Fry
Andy Serkis
Music by David Newman
Edited by Alexander Dittner
Production
company
Constantin Film
Ambient Entertainment GmbH
White Horse Pictures
Distributed by Constantin Film
Release dates
  • 7 October 2010 (2010-10-07)
Running time
93 minutes
Country Germany
Language German
Box office £2,133,051

Animals United (German: Konferenz der Tiere) is a 2010 German 3D computer animated comedy adventure film directed and produced by Reinhard Klooss and Holger Tappe. It was released on 7 October 2010 in Germany. The film stars Ralf Schmitz and Thomas Fritsch as a meerkat named Billy and a lion named Socrates in the African Okavango Delta, who go on a quest to discover why their river has unexpectedly dried up. It is based on the 1949 book of the same name by Erich Kästner. The screenplay for the film was written by Oliver Huzly and Reinhard Kloos. An English dub version for Animals United stars James Corden, Stephen Fry, and Andy Serkis.

Plot[edit]

The film is set in Africa's Okavango Delta, and the main characters are a meerkat named Billy and a lion named Socrates. The annual flood has failed to arrive in the Delta, water has become scarce and the native animals fiercely fight over it. Billy and Socrates set out to find more water, and during their quest they meet a rag-tag group of animals from across the world: a polar bear named Sushi, a kangaroo named Toby, a Tasmanian devil named Smiley, two Galápagos tortoises named Winifred and Winston, a rooster named Charles, and a chimpanzee named Toto, all of whom have had their lives ruined by humans in some way and have travelled to Africa. The animals soon discover the reason for the lack of water in the Delta: a dam has been constructed to supply energy for a luxury resort owned by a man named Mr. Smith. Hunter, a poacher, kidnaps Socrates, while the other animals escape. The animals hold a conference where Winifred and Winston explain the deadly future that could be possible for animals. After the conference, however, Winifred and Winston pass away. That day, Billy and the other animals travel through the "Valley of Death" towards the dam. Hunter spots the animals and tries to stop them with a bi-plane, but is stopped by Toto. Maya, Mr. Smith's daughter, frees Socrates from his cage, and sends Hunter down a chute. Down at the bottom of the dam, the buffaloes and rhinos, including Chino and Biggie, charge into the dam. Billy hits a rock into a chute in the dam, which ignites a missile from Hunter's bi-plane, which destroys the dam, and frees the water. To celebrate the water coming back, they have a party. After the party, the animals travel to New York City, where the movie ends with the animals walking through the city, with the movie ending with whales calling in the background.

Characters[edit]

The Meerkats[edit]

  • Billy is an adventurous green-eyed gray meerkat who wants to find water to drink. He wants to take some for himself with a bottle made out an orange-colored gourd complete with a cork. He also likes to golf, drum and sing.
  • Bonnie - Billy's wife and loyal but concerned member of the meerkat family. She has tan fur and light brown eyes compared to her husband's gray fur and green eyes.
  • Junior - the son of Billy and Bonnie who wants to do one of the things his father likes to do such as taking some water with a gourd.
  • Other meerkats - often tease Junior about his father's promise, but are convinced at the end.

The other animals[edit]

  • Socrates - the lion with a scar on his face and Billy's best friend. His goal is to vanquish the hunter in revenge for his brother Mambo.
  • Angie - the elephant with blond hair tied in a ponytail.
  • Giselle - the giraffe with makeup on her face and blond bangs on her head. She is also Angie's best friend.
  • Winston - a Galapagos tortoise who was alive for more than 700 years.
  • Winifred - a Galapagos tortoise and Winston's wife who was also alive for more than 700 years.
  • Charles - the cockerel with a French accent who leads the other animals.
  • Sushi - the polar bear who was damaged by global warming.
  • Toby - the red kangaroo whose ears are hanging down. He likes to drink water.
  • Ken - the koala who's been rescued by a man after another set the outback on fire.
  • Smiley - the Tasmanian devil whom Toby the kangaroo befriends.
  • Toto - the chimpanzee who served as an animal test subject on a cruise ship.
  • Biggie - the black rhinoceros against Chino.
  • Chino - the cape buffalo against Biggie.

The Humans[edit]

  • Mr. Smith - the tour guide of the hotel who initially never cares about animals but money. In the end, when the animals have their water back, the hotel goes bankrupt.
  • Maya Smith - Smith's daughter who is kind and loves animals.
  • Hunter - the animal killer. He killed Socrates' brother Mambo. He is defeated near the end of the movie by the animals.

Voice cast[edit]

German[edit]

English Dub[edit]

Production[edit]

The film was produced by German company Constantin Film. The film was animated in German, and looped by British voice actors into the English-language.[2]

Reception[edit]

Reviews for the film were generally mixed to negative, with the aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reporting that 25% of critics have given the film a positive review, with an average rating 3.8 out of 10.[3] A review in the Hollywood Reporter described the film as a "bombastic CGI-effort that aims at the big leagues, but preaches too much while entertaining too little to unite internationally." regno_films, a channel from Dailymotion, gave the film a more positive review, saying "Even though there are some negatives visible throughout the movie, it's still a well-done film for 2010. Just don't neglect it too much."[4] Animator Mark Flood had been looking forward to seeing this film, but was rushed to hospital in the early hours of the day of its UK release after suffering a stroke. After recovering a couple of months later, he did see the film at a local cinema and enjoyed it. The kangaroo in the movie is male, yet has a pouch. Only females have pouches in reality. In the credits, the buffalo character is listed as a water buffalo. The water buffalo is from Asia and is a completely different species to the African buffalo. To produce electricity, the dam must keep the water flowing, which will enable the gorge to have some water and not be completely dry.

Soundtrack[edit]

Animals United (Original Soundtrack)
Animals Ost.jpg
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released 7 December 2010
Recorded 2010
Genre Film soundtrack, Pop, Rock
Length 40:50
Label Königskinder Music
Producer David Newman

The soundtrack album for the film was composed by David Newman. It features songs performed by various artists, including Naturally 7, Charles Trénet and Xavier Naidoo. It was released on 7 December 2010 in Germany through Königskinder Music in CD and digital download formats, and is also available on iTunes.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All musical score tracks for the film written and composed by David Newman, except where noted.

No. Title Performer(s) Length
1. "Animal Paradise"     1:52
2. "Golfing with Caca"     1:38
3. "King of the Road"   Naturally 7 3:56
4. "Splish Splash"   Naturally 7 2:13
5. "Animals March"     1:03
6. "Billy the Scatterbrain"     1:07
7. "La Mer"   Charles Trénet 3:24
8. "No Water"     2:17
9. "Drumming for Water"     2:33
10. "A New Horizon"   Xavier Naidoo & Naturally 7 3:04
11. "Socrates Tells the Story"     3:15
12. "Move On Up"   Naturally 7 3:51
13. "Hokey Pokey"   Naturally 7 2:26
14. "Tales of the Humans"     5:43
15. "Animals in New York"     2:16
16. "A New Horizon (Vocal Play Version)"   Xavier Naidoo & Naturally 7 2:52
Total length:
40:50

Note: Roger Thomas of Naturally 7 provides Billy's singing voice for tracks 3 and 4.

Fan-made remake and sequels[edit]

A fan-made remake of Animals United will be made by Dailymotion user regno_films that will be called "Animals United: regno_edition". regno_films also said that they considered making fan-made sequels, with the sequel being set in North America, where the first movie ended, the third movie being set in India, and the fourth movie being set in Africa again, this time with humans clearing land for development illegally. The four movies will have three characters from regno_films, which are Nick, a lion, Mike, the director of regno_films, and marioboy22601, or marioboy. The movie will be split into two parts due to the 60-minute time limit on uploading videos on Dailymotion. There is no set release date for any of these films.

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