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Riki is a heroic rhino if there ever was one - so much so that his best
friend, the lovably rogue-ish duck Beni tries to make a quick buck out of
him, selling Riki-merchandise to all the jungle animals, much to the
dismay of Riki. But then one night, Riki's horn is stolen by big game
hunter Jack - and what, really, is a rhino without its horn. Beni
sacrifices all his feathers to be made into a horn for Riki, but it just
isn't a substitute for the real thing. So the two friends set out to find
a fabled miracle worker to grow back Riki's horn, and on the way they
stumble upon many other jungle animals in need who they do their best to
help, including tigers, elephants and sea turtles, and whatever animals
they help they lend Riki some of their skillsets. Eventually, they run
into a bunch of apes, and the miracle worker seems to be one of theirs,
but the apes are in great danger as big game hunter and his gang want to
capture as many apes as they can for trade, then burn the jungle down to
drive their price. And with then being well-armed and the animals
dis-organized it's more than likely that they'll come through with this
plan - unless the animals had someone to lead them ...
course, funny jungle animals on a mission movies are by now legion, the
genre harking back to at least Disney's
Jungle Book or even Dumbo,
both films this one's slightly reminiscent of, but still this is a very
sweet movie with its heart definitely in the right place, an ecological
message that's easy to subscribe to and that's worthy to be brought across
in a family movie, and it's told in an engaging style with fun characters
with just the right blend of adventure and humour. That said, of course
animated family movies about a bunch of animals doing good still need to
be your thing, but if so, you're rather likely to enjoy this one.