Animals United (known as Konferenz der Tiere in Germany) is a 2010 German-English computer-animated movie directed by Holger Tappe and is based on the 1949 book of the same name. The film stars James Corden, Stephen Fry, Andy Serkis, Jim Boradbent and Vanessa Redgrave.
A meerkat named Billy and a lion named Socrates ar both outcasts in the African savanna, especially Billy. A huge drought has plagued their home so the two decider to search for a source of water. They eventually find that a dam has been built to block the river. A huge hotel resort has been built by the dam And the two animals meet a chimp who can talk to humans. The chimp helps Billy and Socrates bring water back to their home.
The film also follows several other animals from around the world. A kangaroo and Tasmanian devil in Australia, a polar bear whose home has melted, a French rooster that escaped becoming a meal on a cruise ship, and a pair of tortoises in the Galapagos. All the animals eventually find each other and meet Billy and Socrates in Africa and help plot to bring the water back.
- Below average voice acting.
- The humor is extremely weak.
- Some things make absolutely no sense at all. For example, how does throwing an empty beer bottle start a wildfire?
- There's not a minute that goes by where this movie doesn't try to depict us humans as malicious monsters who don't care about the Earth. This may be an environmental movie, but they're practically trying to shove the lesson of caring for the environment down our throats. The turtles demonizing human speech doesn't make it any better.
- The lip-syncing is way off to the point that it will get you annoyed pretty quickly.
- The ending is very confusing; the animals take a trip to NYC after they have a party in Africa, where the movie ends with the animals walking through NYC with whales calling in the background despite never explaining why they needed to go to NYC.
- Very little in common with the original book.
- It's a ripoff of GMW and The Wild.
- Billy looks way too similar to Timon from GMW.
- The voice acting that Stephen Fry, Dawn French, Jim Broadbent and Vanessa Redgrave provided good performances.
- The animation is somewhat decent.
- Good character designs, especially on the animals.
- The soundtrack is great.