GenreAnimation, Comedy, Family Duration LanguageGerman
Holger Tappe Release date7 October 2010 (2010-10-07) Based onDie Konferenz der Tiere by Erich Kastner WriterSimon Hauschild (lecture), Oliver Huzly (screenplay), Reinhard Klooss (screenplay), Erich Kastner (book), Sven Severin (screenplay) Initial releaseOctober 7, 2010 (Switzerland) DirectorsHolger Tappe, Reinhard Klooss ScreenplayReinhard Klooss, Oliver Huzly, Sven Severin, Klaus Richter CastJim Broadbent (Winston), James Corden (Billy), Nicola Devico Mamone (Chino), Omid Djalili (Bongo), Dawn French (Angie), Stephen Fry (Socrates) Similar moviesChristoph Maria Herbst and Frank Schaff appear in Animals United and Impys Island
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Animals United (German: Konferenz der Tiere) is a 2010 German-British-Swiss 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 an epic 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 an ensemble cast, including James Corden, Stephen Fry, Joanna Lumley, Dawn French, Billie Piper, Jim Broadbent, Vanessa Redgrave, Jason Donovan and Andy Serkis.
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 whales calling in the background.
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.
Socrates - the vegetarian 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. He's 12 years older than his wife, Winifred. He passes away shortly before the climax.
Winifred - a Galapagos tortoise and Winston's wife who was also alive for more than 700 years. She passes away shortly before the climax.
Charles - the rooster with a French accent who leads the other animals.
Sushi - the polar bear who was damaged by global warming.
Toby - the 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.
Bob - An aardvark who trumpets like an elephant.
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.
Ralf Schmitz as Erdmännchen Kochgeschirr
Thomas Fritsch as Löwe Sokrates
Bastian Pastewka as Elefantenkuh Angie
Bianca Krahl as Giraffe Gisela
Margot Rothweiler as Schildkröte Winifred
Peter Gröger as Schildkröte Winston
Constantin von Jascheroff as Erdmännchen
Nicola Devico Mamone as Büffel Chino
Christoph Maria Herbst as Hahn Charles
Oliver Kalkofe as Hoteldirektor Smith
Frank Schaff as Erdmännchen
Tilo Schmitz as Nashorn Biggie
Santiago Ziesmer as Affiger Friseur Bongo
James Corden as Billy
Stephen Fry as Socrates
Dawn French as Angie
Joanna Lumley as Giselle
Jim Broadbent as Winston
Vanessa Redgrave as Winifred
Billie Piper as Bonnie the Meerkat
Tom Wayland as Bob the Aardvark
Andy Serkis as Charles the Cockerel
Jason Donovan as Toby
Omid Djalili as Bongo
Mischa Goodman as Junior
Bella Hudson as Sushi
Oliver Green as Ken
Jason Griffith as Toto the Chimpanzee
Sean Schemmel as Biggie the Rhinoceros
Marc Thompson as Chino the Buffalo
Oliver Wyman as Smiley
Ruben Lloyd, Jimmy Zoppi and Gary McHenley as Vultures
Kim Holland as Maya
Veronica Taylor as The Mole
The film was produced by German company Constantin Film. The film was animated in German, and dubbed by both British and New York voice actors into the English-language.
Animals United was released in theaters on October 7, 2010 in Germany.
This film was released on Blu-ray and DVD in the USA in 2012 by Arc Entertainment. A Blu-ray 3D release in North America has not been announced yet.
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. 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."
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.
All musical score tracks for the film written and composed by David Newman, except where noted.
Note: Roger Thomas of Naturally 7 provides Billy's singing voice for tracks 3 and 4.