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This week at Talking Animals what never shuts down the damn Yaps is Netflix Back to the Outback, an animated comedy in which a slew of celebrities provide voices of snakes, spiders, and other dangerous Australian animals who are sick and tired of getting a bad rap just because their venom and/or mouthful daggers can kill snot. You are. Isla Fisher, Guy Pearce, Eric Bana, Tim Minchin, Kylie Minogue, Keith Urban, Jackie Weaver, and a heap of other self-centered Americans remind themselves that they are Australians with their island brogue as their colorful personalities begin at the zoo and [INSERT MOVIE TITLE HERE], chatting about bad feelings with equal foolishness. Will we care? Or is this just another generic cartoon on Netflix?

essence: The Australian Wildlife Park just outside of Sydney has the Helova slogan: “Home to the World’s Best Animals” is its pride. It’s a very catchy Instagram niche, and probably nothing, rhyme with the word “flammable”. Well, not literally, but figuratively, because the park is run by Chaz (Bana), who loves to handle his handbags, and he adores terrifying creatures while the crowds of onlookers gasp and faint. Maddie (Fisher) is a taipan snake whose venom, chaz puffs, can kill 100 people in 10 seconds, which would be a feat, because it would require biting 10 people per second. Calculate, Chaz! Anyway, Maddie is a very sensitive and gentle snake, just like her best friend, a restless scorpion named Nigel (Angus Emery), a demonic escape artist named Zoe (Miranda Tapsell), a somewhat horned web spider named Frank (Pearce) and a big crocodile. His name is Jackie (Weaver), and he’s the mother of this diverse crew of unmutable things that you just want to hug.

None of the animals are particularly comfortable with this situation, which often requires the annoying wannabe Dundee/Coc Hunter to shove their fangs and spines into the faces of screaming children, something they think will inspire the insurance company. That’s not all – adding insult to injury is the presence of Pretty Boy (Minchin), a world famous and very stocky koala, kids queuing up for his photo, who has a Nobel Peace Prize on his shelf and Freud will put his ego down. display case. It would surely be totally nuts if Maddie and co. They end up stuck with Pretty Boy as they travel through bustling urban centers and across smoldering deserts, bumping into a gallery of other ugly animals on the outside/spongy on the inside – bats, sharks, Tasmanian devils, dung beetles – as they try to get them [INSERT MOVIE TITLE HERE], with that douche chazz on their tails, right? theoretically.

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What movies will remind you of her? The escape of exotic animals from the zoo to return to their roots is a hypothesis that has been raised wholesale Madagascar. Perhaps the filmmakers would come up with something more creative if they dared to Back to Outback 2: Dung Beetles’ Revenge.

A performance worth watching: I’m sure Minchin thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to make a one-line joke about meeting the Pope.

An unforgettable conversation: Regardless of the multiple incidents of the film’s title being quoted verbatim in dialogue, I’ll agree with Chaz’s tough commitment to survival to find his escaped animals: “We’ll face danger, we’ll face death, we’re going to drink each other’s pee!” “

Gender and skin: Nobody.

Our advice: Fortunately, our survival in this movie does not depend on the consumption of our gross bodily secretions, although we will have to put up with the sight of a tarantula spider. Back to the outback It is mostly a well suited fodder for family movies. They’re colorful and look beautiful, but so is a bunch of Dreamworks, Netflix and Sony Animation efforts that won’t be named here because they failed to differentiate themselves and so we’ve forgotten their existence.

Very few of these films are particularly offensive, but they tend to cover the same territory: nigger dialogue, puppetry of sentiment, needle drops, pop culture references, celebrity cameos, poo-vomit jokes and a fast-paced, action-packed, cliff-hanging epilogue with a voice Half too high. This special film covers objective information on the importance of having a family, the desire to find one’s roots and the idea that one’s beauty comes from within, all the things one must find frustratingly familiar if one watches more than one movie in their life.

Outback She does some things right, perhaps in her highly controversial subtext against the zoo, and more likely in her markedly shifting views: the reptilian and insect protagonists see themselves as wide-eyed, emotionally sensitive and complex creatures, although when directors Claire shift Knight and Harry Crips to human views, they hiss and threaten monsters. Of course, the basic idea is that they’re just as afraid of us as they are, so can’t we all get along and maybe invite the sharks for tea and constructive dialogue instead of slandering them all the time? You know, what’s so funny about peace, love, and understanding? This is an absolutely wonderful message, but the bigger question is, can’t the movie communicate it without a vain koala trying to make us laugh, repeating Phil Collins’ references?

Our call: I am a very cruel boy. Back to the outback It’s an appropriately waste of time for small audiences, even if they aren’t particularly innovative or funny. Parents wouldn’t exactly need to shoot themselves with transition arrows to stay alive, but it probably wouldn’t hurt. Stream it, just don’t expect too much.

John Serpa is a freelance writer and film critic based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Read more of his work at

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