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El Capitan Theatre Goes Wild for Spring Break

Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre will present the wildest show in town from April 14 through May 11 as part of its special “Spring Break” engagement of Walt Disney Pictures’ new computer-animated feature, “The Wild.”

In addition to the film, live on stage before each show, moviegoers will have a chance to meet a colorful cast of exotic birds from around the world accompanied by their keepers from the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens.

“The Wild” follows an odd assortment of animals from the New York Zoo who discover what a jungle the city can be when one of their own is mistakenly shipped to the wild and they embark on a dangerous mission to rescue him. An impressive vocal ensemble featuring Kiefer Sutherland, Jim Belushi, Janeane Garofalo, Greg Cipes, William Shatner and Eddie Izzard, and Richard Kind lend their talents to the film’s animal characters.

“The Wild” is directed by Steve “Spaz” Williams, an Oscar-nominated visual effects veteran (“The Mask”), who helped to pioneer CGI character animation through his work at ILM on such films as “The Abyss,” “Jurassic Park,” and “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.” He also directed the popular series of Blockbuster commercials featuring the computer-animated characters Carl the rabbit and Ray the guinea pig. “The Wild” was produced by Clint Goldman, the animation and visual effects producer on “The Mask,” and a producer on the 1997 feature, “Spawn,” as well as the Blockbuster commercials, and industry veteran Beau Flynn.

In addition to the film, live on stage before each show, moviegoers will have a chance to meet a colorful cast of exotic birds from around the world accompanied by their keepers from the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens.

The film’s fun and entertainment is a spectacular score by multi- Oscar-nominated composer Alan Silvestri (“Back to the Future,” “Polar Express”), and a soundtrack filled with new and familiar tunes by such popular recording artists as Coldplay, Everlife, Lifehouse, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Former “Monty Python” member Eric Idle and fellow songwriter John Du Prez, the team responsible for the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, “Spamalot,” wrote and performed the song, “Really Nice Day” for the film.

As an added treat, Disney’s Soda Fountain & Studio Store, which is next to the El Capitan, will offer a special movie-themed delight called “The Wild Sundae.” The sundae features crisp animal crackers grazing on a mountain of vanilla fudge ice cream topped with homemade caramel sauce, freshly sliced bananas, and whipped cream, served in a colorful commemorative bowl.

Advance tickets for all shows can be purchased at the El Capitan Box Office, online at www.elcapitantickets.com or by calling 1-800-DISNEY6. Group rate tickets are also available for groups of 20 or more.


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