Plot: What’s it about?
The Thornberry family is a unique brood, as the clan treks across Africa in search of wild animals. The hunt is on, but the family only wants to film the rare animals, so they only wield cameras in their searches. After the family met with a shaman, young Eliza Thornberry found herself with a special gift. The shaman’s magic made her able to not only understand animals, but to communicate with them. This leads to some interesting situations, as the family tracks down various animals and Eliza finds herself drawn into the world of the beasts. She doesn’t just make small talk either, as she tries to help the animals, though their problems are quite often the same kind Eliza faces herself. As the Thornberry family travels across Africa and encounters all kinds of animals, what wild adventures await?
This is one of Nickelodeon’s most popular animated shows, with fun stories and a great sense of family dynamics. The characters are quirky enough to be funny, while not always making the lessons obvious. That means younger viewers will learn a little bit about social issues, but be laughing too much to realize it at the time. The Wild Thornberrys is over a decade old now, but it manages to hold up well in most regards. The characters remain fun to watch, especially the father of the troupe, while the stories are rather universal, so not that dated. I do think the animation has aged in a not so graceful fashion, but it still looks more than decent. This release features the first half of the show’s second season, for a total of thirteen episodes. I’d rather have full season sets. but this is still a good amount of content. The episodes here are quite solid across the board, as the show was still new and had plenty of fresh ideas and stories to explore. So if you’re a fan of the show or just want to watch a good animated series that is family friendly, The Wild Thornberrys is well recommended.
Video: How does it look?
The episodes are presented in full frame, as intended. The series shows some signs of age, but still looks solid here. The animation is a touch dated, as I mentioned above, but looks passable. The image isn’t as sharp as I’d like, but seems within the scope I remember from broadcast episodes. So you won’t be floored by the visual depth, but the show looks good and is about what it looked like on television.
Audio: How does it sound?
The audio is rather basic, but that isn’t a problem in this case. I think this sounds about like it did when broadcast, which is good enough. I heard no errors or performance woes, so the soundtrack is rock solid. The audio might not thrill your ears, but the dialogue is clear and the music sounds good, so all is well here.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This release includes no bonus materials.