The Wild Thornberrys Movie
A refreshing, if hardly revolutionary, kids flick that parents won't suffer through, from the animated Nickelodeon series about a family of documentary filmmakers whose youngest daughter can magically talk to animals--as long as she never tells anyone about it. Once you get past the ugly Rugrats look--massive heads, tiny bodies, emphasized imperfections--and settle into the fast-paced story about African poachers and British boarding schools, the adventure segments and appealing girl-power message trump the bursts of grade-school humor. Bonus points for no singing animals, zero product placement, and more bravery than most TV tie-ins: Here, big-screen plot developments will fundamentally alter the small-screen show. Featuring the voices of Tim Curry, Rupert Everett, Lynn Redgrave, Flea, Brenda Blethyn, and Alfre Woodard, plus a terrific but mostly incongruous soundtrack featuring Peter Gabriel and Paul Simon, among others. Rated PG for no other reason than a horse fart, as far as I could tell.