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Amazing Movie Review: Born to Be Wild – It Takes Only One

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Perry’s Previews Movie Review: Born to Be Wild – It Takes Only One

(5 out of 5 starfish, rated G)

By Perry S. Chen, Amazing Movie Review Columnist

We all know about deforestation, habitat loss, the ivory trade, and the illegal pet trade, but do you ever wonder what happens to the orphaned young of the animals ruthlessly slaughtered by humans? Instead of leaving the babies to perish by their dead mothers’ side, two brave women, Dr. Dame Daphne M. Sheldrick, co-founder of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, and renowned primatologist Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas have been rescuing baby animals to give them a second chance at life in the last three decades.

The new G-rated Warner Brothers IMAX 3D film Born to be Wild, which opened April 8, 2011, is a joyful, is a moving tale about the fascinating lives of two extraordinary women and the precious lives they saved.  Daphne helps elephants orphaned after their parents were killed for their ivory tusks in Africa, and Biruté nurtures infant orangutans whose parents were victims of logging and deforestation in Indonesia, and help return them to the wild, where they belong. Narrated with the pleasant sounding and rich voice of Morgan Freeman, it would be very difficult to not like this film.

I give Born to be Wild 5 out of 5 starfish, it’s “Perrific!” This film highlights the most important parts of the sanctuaries, and makes the painstakingly difficult task of raising orphaned young look effortless.  But you can imagine the tremendous efforts it takes to do what Daphne and Biruté had achieved.  It took Daphne 28 years to perfect the elephant formula that the orphans now thrive on.  The film is deeply touching, including a scene when a keeper covers a baby elephant with a blanket for the night and sleeps with him.  It is especially cute when the orangutans are hand-bathed while squealing contentedly.  One of the funniest scenes shows a pudgy baby orangutan waddling around guzzling milk from a bottle.  My new friend and fellow film critic David Pinson (who was sitting next to my mom and me) was so moved by an elephant scene at the end, that he cried.

Similar to what I said about How to Train Your Dragon, this film’s 3D and IMAX effects are so real that I gripped my seat. In some scenes I thought that a stampede of elephants would tear right through the screen, or my 3D glasses would get snatched by a mischievous orangutan dangling from a thick rainforest vine!  Watch the trailer and go see this “Perrific!” film with all your loved ones today:

The two organizations’ websites are and On the first website, you can read their updates, and even adopt a baby elephant for as low as $50 a year! You get many more splendid benefits as well, like a log for their progress, free watercolors, and much more! The best part though, is the satisfaction that YOU are making a difference in the life of a REAL and WILD animal. In the second website, it shares interesting stories and updates on the baby orangutans whom you can adopt too ($50/yr or more). I sure hope you check out these fabulous sites and become a donor!  My mom and I will be adopting a baby elephant or orangutan soon after checking out online profiles and photos here:

I will be sharing updates when we decide which one to adopt.

Hillary Clinton once said, “It takes a village to raise a child,” but in this case, it takes just one determined individual to save countless lives, which is also the moral of Born to be Wild.

Copyright 2011 by Perry S. Chen.  All Rights Reserved.


Perry S. Chen is an 11-year-old award-winning film critic, artist, entertainment personality, filmmaker and animator. He writes movie reviews for San Diego Union Tribune, Animation World Network, Amazing Kids!, and his own website Perry’s Previews ( Connect with him on Facebook: