Born To Be Wild Documentary Review Essay

Born to Be Wild

Theatrical release poster

Directed byDavid Lickley
Produced byDrew Fellman
Written byDrew Fellman
StarringBirute Galdikas
Daphne Sheldrick
Narrated byMorgan Freeman
Music byMark Mothersbaugh
CinematographyDavid Douglas
Edited byBeth Spiegel


Walker World Pictures

Distributed byIMAX Pictures
Warner Bros. Pictures

Release date

  • April 8, 2011 (2011-04-08)

Running time

40 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$40,434,229[1]

Born to Be Wild is a 2011 American nature documentaryshort film about orphaned orangutans and elephants. It was directed by David Lickley, written and produced by Drew Fellman. It was distributed in the United States by Warner Bros. Pictures and IMAX Pictures. The film was released April 8, 2011, and is narrated by Morgan Freeman. There was a Premiere of the film in Montreal, Quebec on March 30, 2011, at 9:30 AM at the Montreal Science Centre IMAX Telus Theatre for Two Montreal Primary schools and two secondary schools.

In March 2012, it won the Genesis Award for Best Documentary Feature from The Humane Society of the United States "for its celebration of the people rehabilitating baby elephants and orangutans orphaned by poaching and habitat encroachment."[2]

Critical reception[edit]

The film has received overwhelmingly positive reviews, receiving a 98% "fresh" score on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 41 reviews. Its critical consensus states: "The human story of Born to Be Wild is captivating and the accompanying nature footage is utterly cute and charming."


"BORN TO BE WILD". Retrieved 2010-11-24. 

External links[edit]

A new film from Warner Brothers and IMAX tells the courageous story of orphaned orangutans and elephants, and the humans who care for them.

"Born To Be Wild," which is narrated by Morgan Freeman, opens January 9 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

Sadly, conservation efforts for these orangutans may be needed now more than ever. Recent research found that villagers in Indonesian Borneo have killed more than 750 orangutans over a yearlong period. Indonesia is home to 90 percent of the world's orangutans, according to AP.

HuffPost blogger Jamie Bechtel writes, "While the findings of the research are terribly sad, they are not terribly shocking."

Orphaned elephants and orangutans aren't the only baby animals receiving special care. In eastern Australia, a group of nearly one hundred orphaned fruit bats were rehabilitated with blankets and bottles last month.

In Colorado, two bear cubs have been receiving care after their mother was shot by a wildlife officer. They are expected to be returned to the wild next year.

Check out the images below from "Born To Be Wild," and vote for your favorites!

For more information about "Born To Be Wild," visit the American Museum of Natural History's website. Images courtesy of the American Museum of Natural History/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.


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