Animals United

Animals United

German theatrical release poster
Directed by Reinhard Klooss
Holger Tappe
Produced by Reinhard Klooss
Holger Tappe
Written by Oliver Huzly
Reinhard Kloos
Based on Die Konferenz der Tiere by Erich Kästner
Starring German:
Ralf Schmitz
Thomas Fritsch
James Corden
Stephen Fry
Andy Serkis
Music by David Newman
Edited by Alexander Dittner
Constantin Film
Ambient Entertainment GmbH
White Horse Pictures
Distributed by Constantin Film
Release dates
  • 7 October 2010 (2010-10-07) (ABC3)
Running time
93 minutes
Country Germany
Language German
Box office £2,133,051

Animals United (German: Konferenz der Tiere) is a 2010 German 3D computer animated comedy adventure film directed and produced by Reinhard Klooss and Holger Tappe. It was released on 7 October 2010 in Germany. The film stars Ralf Schmitz and Thomas Fritsch as a meerkat named Billy and a lion named Socrates in the African Okavango Delta, who go on an epic quest to discover why their river has unexpectedly dried up. It is based on the 1949 book of the same name by Erich Kästner. The screenplay for the film was written by Oliver Huzly and Reinhard Kloos. An English dub version for Animals United stars an ensemble cast, including James Corden, Stephen Fry, Joanna Lumley, Dawn French, Billie Piper, Jim Broadbent, Vanessa Redgrave, Jason Donovan and Andy Serkis.


The film is set in Africa's Okavango Delta, and the main characters are a meerkat named Billy and a lion named Socrates. The annual flood has failed to arrive in the Delta, water has become scarce and the native animals fiercely fight over it. Billy and Socrates set out to find more water, and during their quest they meet a rag-tag group of animals from across the world: a polar bear named Sushi, a kangaroo named Toby, a Tasmanian devil named Smiley, two Galápagos tortoises named Winifred and Winston, a rooster named Charles, and a chimpanzee named Toto, all of whom have had their lives ruined by humans in some way and have travelled to Africa. The animals soon discover the reason for the lack of water in the Delta: a dam has been constructed to supply energy for a luxury resort owned by a man named Mr. Smith. Hunter, a poacher, kidnaps Socrates, while the other animals escape. The animals hold a conference where Winifred and Winston explain the deadly future that could be possible for animals. After the conference, however, Winifred and Winston pass away. That day, Billy and the other animals travel through the "Valley of Death" towards the dam. Hunter spots the animals and tries to stop them with a bi-plane, but is stopped by Toto. Maya, Mr. Smith's daughter, frees Socrates from his cage, and sends Hunter down a chute. Down at the bottom of the dam, the buffaloes and rhinos, including Chino and Biggie, charge into the dam. Billy hits a rock into a chute in the dam, which ignites a missile from Hunter's bi-plane, which destroys the dam, and frees the water. To celebrate the water coming back, they have a party. After the party, the animals travel to New York City, where the movie ends with the animals walking through the city with whales calling in the background.



Other animals


Voice cast


English dub


The film was produced by German company Constantin Film. The film was animated in German, and dubbed by both British and New York voice actors into the English-language.[2]


Animals United was released in theaters on October 7, 2010 in Germany.

Home media

This film was released on Blu-ray and DVD in the USA in 2012 by Arc Entertainment. A Blu-ray 3D release in North America has not been announced yet.


Reviews for the film were generally mixed to negative, with the aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reporting that 25% of critics have given the film a positive review, with an average rating 3.8 out of 10.[3] A review in the Hollywood Reporter described the film as a "bombastic CGI-effort that aims at the big leagues, but preaches too much while entertaining too little to unite internationally."


Animals United (Original Soundtrack)
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released 7 December 2010
Recorded 2010
Genre Film soundtrack, pop, rock
Length 40:50
Label Königskinder Music
Producer David Newman

The soundtrack album for the film was composed by David Newman. It features songs performed by various artists, including Naturally 7, Charles Trénet and Xavier Naidoo. It was released on 7 December 2010 in Germany through Königskinder Music in CD and digital download formats, and is also available on iTunes.[4]

Track listing

All musical score tracks for the film written and composed by David Newman, except where noted.

No. TitlePerformer(s) Length
1. "Animal Paradise"    1:52
2. "Golfing with Caca"    1:38
3. "King of the Road"  Naturally 7 3:56
4. "Splish Splash"  Naturally 7 2:13
5. "Animals March"    1:03
6. "Billy the Scatterbrain"    1:07
7. "La Mer"  Charles Trénet 3:24
8. "No Water"    2:17
9. "Drumming for Water"    2:33
10. "A New Horizon"  Xavier Naidoo & Naturally 7 3:04
11. "Socrates Tells the Story"    3:15
12. "Move On Up"  Naturally 7 3:51
13. "Hokey Pokey"  Naturally 7 2:26
14. "Tales of the Humans"    5:43
15. "Animals in New York"    2:16
16. "A New Horizon (Vocal Play Version)"  Xavier Naidoo & Naturally 7 2:52
Total length:

Note: Roger Thomas of Naturally 7 provides Billy's singing voice for tracks 3 and 4.


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