Delhi Safari (PG)

Animation 93 October 19th, 2012
By Sherilyn Connelly
There's always something tricky about animated message films like India's 3-D Delhi Safari, which tells the story of a group of animals trekking from Mumbai to Delhi in hopes of convincing humans to stop tearing down the jungle. Out of the mistaken belief that the cartoon sugarcoating means the moralizing should be amped up, filmmakers often forget the importance of telling an engaging story. See: The Mystical Laws. (Better yet, don’t see it, because The Mystical Laws is horrible.) While its message is never subtle, Delhi Safari is fun enough to earn the right to preach. Originally in both Hindi and English, this domestic version features an all English-language cast lead by My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic's Tara Strong, and beyond the redubbing there are (thankfully) no real attempts to hide the movie's origins. The Bollywood-style dance numbers are show-stoppers, and while it would have been simple to change bits of the dialogue to things American children would be more likely to recognize -- replacing "Parliament" with "Congress," say -- Delhi Safari remains faithful to its Indian setting. (Extra credit goes to director Nikhil Advani for giving himself a cameo wearing a FCUK t-shirt.)
Nikhil Advani Govinda, Akshaye Khanna, Urmila Matondkar, Boman Irani, Swini Khara, Suniel Shetty Nikhil Advani, Girish Dhamija, Suresh Nair, Milap Zaveri Anupama Patil, Kishor Patil Applied Art