The Wild (D: Steve Williams, 94 min)
A kooky assortment of animals from the New York Zoo suddenly find themselves in Africa. Sound familiar? Yup. The synopsis of Disney's The Wild sounds an awful lot like Madagascar, released exactly a year ago by DreamWorks. The cast of voice-work actors includes Kiefer Sutherland , Eddie Izzard , Janeane Garofalo , William Shatner and even former local stand-up Nikki Payne , who according to imdb.com plays "a monkey with braces." Madagascar made a ton of money. The recent Ice Age: The Meltdown pulled in $100 million in 10 days. Spot a trend?
Larry The Cable Guy: Health Inspector (D: Trent Cooper, 95 min)
Larry the Cable Guy is apparently the moniker of one of the members of something called the Blue Collar Comedy Tour. Their concerts, films, book and recordings have made them more popular than Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock. Now Larry, whose catchphrase is "Git-r-done," is starring on the big screen with a cast that includes Joanna Cassidy , Joe Pantoliano and Thank You For Smoking's David Koechner . Will his fans head out to their multiplexes or stay at home watching cable this weekend?
Both films open Friday (April 14). Screened after press time - see reviews April 14 at www.nowtoronto.com/film.