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Delhi Safari Review

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  • 2.0

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    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 30

    out of 100

    The New York Times Neil Genzlinger

    The worst thing about the animated film Delhi Safari isn't that it's awful. It's that it shamelessly rips off much better animated movies.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Variety Joe Leydon

    The picture all too obviously recycles bits and pieces from "Madagascar," "The Lion King" and other made-in-America toons. Unfortunately, much gets lost in the translation.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Out-of-date animation throws up a roadblock for this Indian animated 3D family film.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    Village Voice

    Although its message is never subtle, Delhi Safari is fun enough to earn the right to preach.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 8 & under

Uneven and unnecessarily intense talking-animal tale.

What 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.

  • 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?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true1

    Educational value: Not intended as educational, but kids will learn a few things about India (like Bollywood) and might be curious about Indian culture after seeing the film.

  • message true3

    Messages: 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.

  • rolemodels true3

    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.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence and 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.

  • sex false3

    Sexy stuff: 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."

  • language false1

    Language: Language includes "stupid," "coward," and "dumb," as well as some fart jokes and an exclamation of "good God!"

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Some mentions of companies and news organizations found in Delhi, India.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and 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.