Animals United (2010)

No Unity Here

A group of animals in Africa are waiting for the water to come down from the hills but it never arrives. Needed for their survival they go in search of it and along the way meet some turtles, a polar bear, a chicken and various other animals all that have arrived in Africa with a problem. What they discover is mankind has created a giant dam blocking the flow of water. Realising they are in deep danger from mankind they unite to try and prevent mankind from destroying their homes.

Okay so let me make this simple we have a bunch of animals from all over the world who would probably kill each other if placed in the same room uniting because mankind is destroying their homes. That is it, that is what you get in "Animals United" and whilst I tend to try and be generous to movies made for children this one is a fail. Firstly it is a fail for grown ups as other than a few voices you might recognize it offers nothing to entertain them.

But "Animals United" is a children's movie and sadly it is still a fail because firstly it isn't funny, secondly it stretches the premise out to the point it is no longer interesting and is as subtle as a brick when it comes to the environmental message it is hitting you over the head with. In truth the only people I can see being entertained by "Animals United" are the really young children who will be amused by the look of animated meerkats but will have no idea what is going on when it comes to the story or that environmental ledge hammer it uses.

What this all boils down to is that "Animals United" just doesn't work because those who are old enough to understand what is going on will find it tedious and those who will be amused by the animated animals will not know what it is about.