Critter Country is a 2017 American computer-animated buddy film produced by Walt Disney Wonder Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The film was directed by Elliott M. Bour and Saul Andrew Blinkoff, and features the voices of James Corden, Jason Segel, Jean Reno, Oona Laurence, Sam Raimi, Russi Taylor, David Ogden Stiers, Andy Dick, and Kristoff St. John, with Robert Guillaume, Kristen Li, Bonnie Wright, and Bob Iger in supporting roles. Critter Country is the second feature film to be produced by Walt Disney Wonder Studios after Disney In The House: Introduction, and the studio's first fully computer-animated film.
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by|| Elliot M. Bour|
Saul Andrew Blinkoff
|Produced by|| Gary Marsh|
|Screenplay by|| David Gordon Green|
|Story by|| Gary Marsh|
|Starring|| James Corden|
Kristoff St. John
David Ogden Stiers
|Music by||Hans Zimmer|
|Edited by||William J. Caparella|
|Production companies|| Walt Disney Pictures|
Walt Disney Wonder Studios
|Distributed by|| Walt Disney Studios|
|Release date||April 16, 2017|
|Running time||90 minutes|
|Box office||$400 million|
Released theatrically in the United States on April 16, 2017, Critter Country received critical acclaim for its animation, humor, and the performances of Corden and Segel. It was a box office success, earning $400 million on a $75 million budget. It was nominated at the 90th Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature, but lost to Disney/Pixar's Coco.
A sequel, Critter Country 2, was released on May 11, 2018.
In Critter Country, a modern-civilized world fully inhabited by anthropomorphic talking critters and other animals, the king, Kuku Cockatoo, announces that Lemy the ring-tailed lemur will be the next king. Lemy surprises his best friend, Burrows the meerkat with a present for his birthday, but he longs for a real quest. That night, Lemy and his his friends Batty the bat, Bext the beaver, Chipper the chipmunk, Park the parrot, and Hissy the snake celebrate Burrows' birthday, but Burrows focuses on his dream of a quest and reveals it to his friends. The next morning, Lemy reveals that Batty planned a road trip to Main Street, much to Burrows' excitement. Lemy, Burrows, and their friends pack up their things and head out.
That night, a mysterious Velociraptor flings Lemy and Burrow out of the moving motor home. Lemy and Burrows follow footprints and a raptor named Razazuki lets them into the cave. When they learn of three riddles needed to stop the raptor from defeating the hero Power the Panda, they ask for the first riddle, he refuses to give it to them and reveals himself as the raptor who flung them out of the motor home. Lemy and Burrows narrowly escape with the riddle, with help from Power. In the motor home, Batty figures out what happened to Burrows and Lemy and rallies up Chipper, Bext, Park, and Hissy to help her rescue them.
Lemy, Burrows, and Power grab the second riddle in Main Street; Batty is wrapped up by Officer, a bat looking for Razazuki, and Chipper, Bext, Park, and Hissy mistake him for Batty on a tour by Tour Guide Bunny. Lemy, Burrows, and Power find the last riddle in Flower Garden. They create a wand out of the three riddles. At that moment, Razazuki adbucts Power, and Lemy inadvertently gets the attention of Officer, Chipper, Bext, Park, and Hissy. Batty arrives and tries to get Lemy and Burrows to return home, but Lemy explains that Burrows' dream is coming true and convinces his friends to help him rescue Power.
Accompanied by the Chicks, they drive an old truck in pursuit of Razazuki and Power. Razazuki fights off Power and is about to kill him, but Lemy, Burrows, Batty, Chipper, Bext, Park, and Hissy subdue him with bright lights. For revenge, Razazuki tries to fight Lemy on a suspension bridge, but Burrows and Batty save Lemy. Together, they all defeat Razazuki by destroying the suspension bridge and tying him up, and Razazuki falls to his death. Lemy is praised for his heroism and becomes the new king of Critter Country.
- James Corden as Lemy, a ring-tailed lemur and the soon-to-be-king of Critter Country.
- Jason Segel as Burrows, a meerkat and Lemy's best friend who longs for a quest.
- Jean Reno as Razazuki, a red Velociraptor who is Power's arch-nemesis.
- Oona Laurence as Batty, a fruit bat and Lemy's love interest.
- Russi Taylor as Chipper, a chipmunk who is good friends with Batty.
- Kristoff St. John as Bext, a nervous beaver.
- David Ogden Stiers as Park, a confident-yet-grumpy great green parrot.
- Andy Dick as Hissy, a stretchy, long, flexible blue snake.
- Sam Raimi as Power, a heroic panda and Burrows' inspiration.
- Robert Guillaume as Kuku, a wise old cockatoo who has been king of Critter Country for decades.
- Bonnie Wright as Tour Guide Katie, a bunny and the tour guide of Main Street.
- Bob Iger as Officer, a bat who is in search of Razazuki.
- Kristen Li as Sticker, the leader of the Chicks.
- Alan F. Horn as Wow, one of the Chicks and Sticker's right hand.
- William J. Caparella as Ivite, an eager, lowly member of the Chicks.
- Dee Bradley Baker as Igo, the silent member of the Chicks who can only communicate through squeaking and squaking.
Critter Country opened on April 16, 2017, and grossed $178 million in the United States and Canada, and $222 million in other territories. It ended its theatrical run on July 1, 2017, after playing in theaters for three months. Its worldwide total was $400 million. Produced on a budget of $75 million, it was a box-office success.
Like Disney In The House: Introduction, Critter Country received critical acclaim. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a 97% approval rating based on 158 reviews. The consensus reads, "With an all-star voice cast and impressive animation, Critter Country marks another smash hit from Walt Disney Wonder Studios". On Metacritic, it has a score of 93 out of 100 based on 30 critics, indicating "universal acclaim". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film a grade of "A+" on an A+ to F scale.
Michael Rechtshaffen of The Hollywood Reporter gave the film a positive review, saying, "For people who enjoyed Disney In The House: Introduction, Critter Country is a cinematic treat". A. A. Dowd of A.V. Club gave the film five stars. Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun Times gave the film "Two Thumbs Up". Peter Rainer of The Christian Science Monitor said that the film "filled his heart" and lauded out the vocal performances of James Corden and Jason Segel as Lemy and Burrows. A.O. Scott of The New York Times wrote, "This fully computer-animated tale about critters and other animals brought us to a whole new world, like most new animated films do today. A ring-tailed lemur voiced by James Corden and a meerkat voiced by Jason Segel are two funny animals. It's funny family entertainment for families of all ages".