By Sandie Angulo Chen,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Uneven and unnecessarily intense talking-animal tale.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Delhi Safari encourages wildlife preservation and environmental awareness of animal habitats. Teamwork and friendship are also portrayed positively -- the group sticks together even through tough times.
Positive Role Models
The leopard mom will do anything to save her cub, and the bear is the voice of reason. The parrot and the monkey's truce and eventual friendship teaches that opposites can still become pals. The cub makes everyone think of more than themselves.
Violence & Scariness
The leopard father is killed by a construction crew (he's shot and falls to his death). The intense death happens in slow motion, with the mom and cub watching. The monkey is basically a warmonger for the majority of the movie and has a lot of weapons. He even wears a warrior-style headband and attempts to injure or kill Alex the parrot.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There's a brief scene of a human man bringing home his date in what appears to be a "casting couch" situation. The producer puts his hand on his date's legs and says he's considering making her part bigger. She's wearing a midriff-baring top and a miniskirt. But just as they're about to kiss, an animal obscures the PDA. Alex says a female bird is "hot."
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Language includes "stupid," "coward," and "dumb," as well as some fart jokes and an exclamation of "good God!"
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Products & Purchases
Some mentions of companies and news organizations found in Delhi, India.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Jokes about how a coconut milk must've been old, because the monkey and parrot start slurring their words. Alex says he feels like his owner when he comes home late and starts tripping.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Delhi Safari is an animated talking-animal adventure that includes a couple of frightening scenes and some innuendo. Most disturbing is an intense scene in which a father leopard is killed by a real estate development's construction crew; the scene is in slow motion and the mother and cub witness the death. Aasi monkey is a weapons-carrying warmonger who attempts to injure or kill a couple of different animals and wants to declare war on the humans. One scene shows a man putting his hand on his somewhat scantily clad date's legs and implying that he'll reward her for fooling around with him. Language includes insults like "dumb," "stupid," and some scatological jokes. Like most animal films, there's a strong message about caring for the environment and wildlife preservation.
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What's the Story?
In an Indian jungle, a leopard family reigns supreme until the father leopard (voiced by Cary Elwes) is killed by a real estate developer's construction crew. In response to the news that their leader is dead and their habitat is about to be displaced, mother leopard Begum (Vanessa Williams) and her cub join Bajrangi, a militant monkey (Carlos Alazraqui); Bagga, a sensible bear (Brad Garrett); and Alex, a parrot that can "talk human" (Tom Kenny) to travel to Delhi and protest the development. Along the way, the group overcomes obstacles and strife between Alex and Bajrangi.
Is It Any Good?
There are too many disconnects in DELHI SAFARI to make it a must-see. Because it's dubbed into English, the sound and the mouth movements don't quite sync, and it's more noticeable and distracting here than in other dubbed films. The scene where the father leopard is killed is unnecessarily drawn out and extremely intense and upsetting. The animation is outdated, and some of the songs are pretty forgettable -- though the flamingo song and the end-credits routine are fun, Bollywood-style numbers.
On the bright side, the movie's eco-friendly messages are positive, but those are available in most animal tales. With so many homages and references to other animal movies (particularly The Lion King and Madagascar), this Indian import seems more like a copycat with a few Bollywood songs thrown in to the mix. This just isn't original enough to bother with unless your kids adore anything and everything featuring talking wild animals.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about Delhi Safari's messages. What do you take away from watching? Do you think a strong message is an important part of a kids' movie?
Which other animated movies are referenced or paid tribute to in Delhi Safari? Why do you think filmmakers choose to acknowledge other movies in their works?
- In theaters: December 7, 2012
- On DVD or streaming: April 30, 2013
- Cast: Carlos Alazraqui, Tom Kenny, Vanessa Williams
- Director: Nikhil Advani
- Inclusion Information: Latinx actors, Black actors
- Studio: Applied Art Productions
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Adventures, Wild Animals
- Run time: 95 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG
- MPAA explanation: violence and menacing action, rude humor, suggestive content and thematic elements
- Last updated: February 25, 2022
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