Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Elliot M. Bour|
Saul Andrew Blinkoff
|Produced by||John A. Smith|
|Screenplay by||David Reynolds|
|Story by||Jeffrey M. Howard|
Kristoff St. John
David Ogden Stiers
|Music by||Hans Zimmer|
|Edited by||H. Lee Peterson|
|Production company||Walt Disney Pictures|
Walt Disney Wonder Studios
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Studios|
|Release date||April 16, 2017|
|Running time||107 minutes|
|Box office||$337 million|
Critter Country is a 2017 American computer-animated comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney Wonder Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Elliot M. Bour and Saul Andrew Blinkoff from a screenplay by David Reynolds, it was Walt Disney Wonder Studios' second film after 2016's Disney In The House: Introduction. The film features the voices of James Corden, Jason Segel, Jean Reno, Sam Raimi, Oona Laurence, Andy Dick, Russi Taylor, Kristoff St. John, and David Ogden Stiers. The film follows two critters, Lemy the ring-tailed lemur and Burrows the meerkat setting out on a quest to save Critter Country from a villainous Velociraptor named Razazuki, who intends to take over as king.
Critter Country was released theatrically in the Unites States on April 16, 2017. Critter Country received generally positive reviews from critics, and proved to be a box office success, earning $337 million on a $105 million budget. It was nominated at the 90th Academy Awards for Best Original Song (for "Animal Jam") and Best Animated Feature, but lost both to Coco.
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 Burrows idolizes the city's hero, Power the Panda, and 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's tail 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 Power, 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 blocks them from crossing a suspension bridge to the RV. Lemy reveals Razazuki's duplicity to a kidnapped Kuku, who breaks free and throws Razazuki into the river below. The critters cross the bridge, but Razazuki abducts Lemy, causing the critters to be taken to the river. At the river, they are pushed onto a conveyor belt that leads to a furnace. After narrowly escaping a shredder, the critters help Razazuki reach the emergency stop button, only for Razazuki to abandon them since he is evil. The critters fall into the furnace and resign themselves to their fate, but are rescued at the last second by the Chicks operating a crane. Razazuki is found and arrested by the Critter Country Police Department. When the critters bid Power a farewell and return home, Lemy and Burrows are praised for their bravery and Lemy 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 squawking.
Critter Country opened on April 16, 2017, and grossed $110 million in the United States and Canada, and $227 million in other territories. It ended its theatrical run on July 1, 2017, after playing in theaters for three months. Its worldwide total was $377 million. Produced on a budget of $105 million, it was a box-office success.
Critter Country received positive reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a 88% approval rating based on 158 reviews. The consensus reads, "Burrowing intelligently from Pixar and DreamWorks, Critter Country marks another smash hit from Walt Disney Wonder Studios, with impressive animation and an all-star voice cast". On Metacritic, it has a score of 76 out of 100 based on 30 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". 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".