Drew Fellman
Owen Gleiberman
April 05, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Born to Be Wild

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
G
runtime
40 minutes
Wide Release Date
04/08/11
director
David Lickley
distributor
Warner Bros.
author
Drew Fellman
genre
Documentary

We gave it a B

There are many less enjoyable ways to spend 40 minutes than gawking at orangutans and elephants that, having been orphaned by poachers, get trained to reenter their wild habitats. Yet this 3-D IMAX doc (Born to Be Wild 3D) is touching in a zoolike, rather than spectacular, way. It’s fun to see the orangutans (with their faces that resemble coconut masks) as they slither up vines. And the baby elephants are solemnly adorable. But the story of Dr. Biruté Galdikis and Dame Daphne Sheldrick, who’ve each saved these animals for decades, is presented as too light a sketch to really resonate. B

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