The Wild Thornberrys (1998–2004)
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I couldn't disagree more.
I discovered "Thornberrys" in May, 2001, and am now totally, hopelessly hooked! If the show has one main theme it is the proper relationship between humans and nature, a theme explored in each episode through the bespectacled, 12-year-old eyes of Eliza Thornberry, the only human, out of six billion, who can talk to animals (including her best friend, a chimpanzee) just as easily as she can to her own parents or sister. As for the animals, I think that the show's producers go out of their way to present as realistic a portrayal as possible of the many different species featured on the show. For example, one episode featured a pair of Tasmanian devils who did not-repeat, did NOT-speak in gibberish or travel in a cyclonic motion, slicing through everything in their path. Th-th-th-that's right, folks; Looney Tunes got it wrong.
Apart from the animals, what I like most about "The Wild Thornberrys" is the family-comedy aspect of the show. The Thornberrys are, after all, a quirky but close-knit family, with two loving-though occasionally frazzled-parents, two perpetually squabbling siblings (I swear that Arlene Klasky and Gabor Csupo, while developing the show, must have secretly researched my own sisters, who drove each other crazy until my older sister went away to college!), and a "wild boy" foster child. As family shows go, "Thornberrys" is light-years better than the show it used to precede on Nick's prime-time schedule, "The Brady Bunch." In conclusion, to make a long story short, "The Wild Thornberrys" rocks!
I have not seen most of the other cartoons mentioned (Butt Ugly Martians, Rocco?, etc.) so can't compare with them. However, compared with most of the cr*p which is on TV for kids, T.W.T. is LOADS better, with lots of witty one-liners and good characterization. Nigel's genuine English accent (Tim Curry is er, English, no?) and amusing comments are excellent. Debbie is also amusing as a stereo typed teenager, and I think Darwin is excellent. As a tiny morsel to balance things out, Donnie is an irritating little br*t (doing it myself now) although occasionally amusing.
I have the whole show on my computer and I still enjoy watching it. There are loads of funny bits to make you laugh, and while the pedantic biologist side of me notices the erroneous things rather quickly (the Great Crested Grebe sounding exactly like a peacock, Eliza's mention of "alligators in the Congo," the jaguars presented as social cats, etc.), it is really clear that they tried to be accurate and faithful to reality. Aside from small things like that, which most kids I'm sure wouldn't notice, this show is pretty educational. If you were like me as a kid, you would be delighted that some of these animals your parents don't know about are the star of the latest episode, and if you didn't know about an animal, well, the show served to reveal them to you. If it sparks a child's interest in nature/science, it's well worth it. People who relate to Eliza and understand why she gets excited to be out in the jungle befriending wild animals will smile all the way through The Wild Thornberrys. People who don't like animals, well, this might not be the subject matter you're looking for. Maybe it is more niche than I realise, but that doesn't make it bad.
Well this show has yet to be released on DVD but since that Deal between Nickoldeon and Amazon.com to release old Nickshows i think this show has a chance of becoming released on DVD. This was good shows and one of the last good ones. Its not the last Great one because it never lived up to the standards of the other Nicktoons. Eitherway There is hope for this being released on DVD. This is a good nicktoon from the 90s.
The show centres around Eliza Thornberry (voiced by Lacey Chabert) who has the ability to talk to animals of all kinds; rats, lions tigers, bears, giraffes, hyenas, birds, monkeys, horses, you name it! Even her nearest & dearest friend; a chimpanzee named Darwin.
I think it's a great show that really does have a high education level to teach children about wildlife. Each episode tells a different story filled with humour & wit & adventurous tales. For me the star of the show is Eliza's teenage troublesome sister, Debbie (voiced by Danielle Harris). There's just something about her that really amuses me, I think the voice talent by Danielle Harris is incredible & I'm very surprised she didn't gain any award from the series. But yeh she's amazing. One of TV's best animated characters. I actually met Danielle at the London Film & Comic Con a few years ago & had the pleasure of asking her how she came about to voice the character of Debbie & I'll always remember how she expressed her interest in voicing the role & that she would definitely love to do it again.
Other notable voice talents which I think more of the older generation may be familiar with is Tim Curry who voices the character of Nigel Thornberry. Again, fantastic voice talent, very distinctive & well played.
The show ran for 5 seasons with an additional 2 movies to follow; The Wild Thornberrys Movie & The Rugrats Go Wild. It's just a shame this show never really gained the credit it deserves cause it's a winner in my eyes & although it still gets shown on TV today (reruns) I always enjoy going back to this one . No matter how old I get it still takes me back to my 90s! Parents shouldn't definitely introduce their children to this gem of a show. You won't be disappointed!
Some Episodes might be boring or annoying but it's a very good show.
Plus it helps kids to get interested in animals.
Some people hear might hate Eliza but I like her for her curiosity and to help all animals on our precious planet.
Debbie is sometimes annoying to me but she's just a teenager who want to do normal things and I don't think most teens will see traveling around the world in a convee shooting documentaries is normal.
Also I love how Nigel (Dad) is always in a good mood in any situation. Now I wish there more people like him.
Now like I said this is a very show.
They were very interesting & amusing stories, It was sort of like crocodile hunter without the crikies.
The family would get in silly situations & the daughter that could talk to the animals would get them out of it. The adults would rationalize how they got out of it & go on their merry way.
Unfortunately, I had to stop watching due to health problems that preempted shows. Not mine. My parents.
This show is barely a cartoon. Cartoons are supposed to be funny, or at least entertaining, but this show is horrible. Every time this show was on, I would turn off the television and do something else.
This is the worst show on Nickelodeon along with As Told by Ginger and Pelswick.
Watching this show is like torture; The characters are stupid and the plots are even stupider.
My rating: 1/2* / ***** ( .5 out of 5 )
The producers of this show haven't done that work. It tries feebly to present an educational and environmentally aware viewpoint, but the end product is painfully clueless about the wildlife it celebrates. Most of the animals on the show are wildly inaccurate, and the main character (who ostensibly studies animals in great depth) is completely ignorant about them. In addition, these animals are stereotyped by human standards of "good" and "evil," with predators who aren't pretty or popular almost invariably landing in the second category. Coming from the creative minds behind "Rugrats" and "Aah! Real Monsters," "The Wild Thornberrys" is an extreme disappointment.
Some of the lines are very good, especially from the father (Tim Curry), and I'm surprised they haven't been submitted to imdb. The stories usually have a message in them, but in this day and age it is almost inevitable with children's shows.
Watch it, if only for the main character's sister Debbie and the clueless father Nigel.
Thornberrys is a good show, otherwise it wouldn't have gotten to be in theatres twice, or a TV Movie. Plus the show has almost 100 episodes, and only good shows can reach that far. I mean I know people who hate Rugrats, but Rugrats is still a good show. I don't watch it much anymore.
The reason why I love Wild Thornberrys is not only because of the talk to animals bit, but it's the first nicktoon focusing more on the wild animals rather than just humans. I feel more shows should be like this. I love animals, so I love this show.
Those who think Thornberrys is a stupid show either didn't see it or like judging it from the way it appears rather than what the show is really about. Hey, that's my opinion. If Thornberrys was a bad show, it would've been cancelled. It hasn't yet. Just out of production for now due to the overwhelming work of doing both the Wild Thornberrys Movie and Rugrats Go Wild.
So I hope Thornberrys continues, and I hope all those who don't like the show will keep their compliments to themselves, as they only tell negative things, rather than the positive things the show can provide.