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Published April 25th 2013
Beware, The Pooping Birds
Return To Nim's Island
As a massive fan of the original Nim's Island film and seeing that none of the original actors returned for its sequel, as well as being disappointed by countless other children's film sequels in the past, I entered the movie theatre with very little hope that this film would leave much of an impression on me at all. But I was so wrong!
Despite the trailer making Return To Nim's Island look quite a bit like a cheap attempt at a way to make money out of the parents of countless children, this film is in fact wonderfully written, acted and is full of important environmental information, which is delivered in a way which will teach children about the living creatures in our world, without making them bored in the process.
Bindi Irwin stars as Nim; a young girl, still living on her island paradise, with her animal friends, her father; Jack (played by Matthew Lillard) and his scientific trainee Felix, (played by Nathan Derrick), but not all is well within their perfect world.
The Buccaneers are up to their old tricks again and are taking Jack to court, in order to legally purchase the island and turn it into their own private and very expensive resort. So it's up to Nim to prove it to everyone that there are at least three different endangered species of animals living on her island, in order for it to be classed as a protected area, which can never be harmed by the nasty buccaneers again.
Meanwhile, Edmund (played by Toby Wallace), the young boy who found Nim in the first film, has spent a lot of time thinking about her and when his parents hit a rough patch and non-stop fight whilst on holiday, he runs away to find her.
Though it is hard to imagine the Edmund from the first film, would look like he should be a member from One Direction only three years later!
Unfortunately for everyone, Edmund accidentally leads a group of nasty poachers, (played by John Walters, Sebastian Gregory and Jack Pearson) to the island, who cause all kinds of scary and dangerous trouble for Nim and her friends, while her father is away.
Nim and her friends, both human and animal, band together to defeat the poachers with hilarious results!
Return To Nim's Island is a wonderful adventure, filled with fun, laughter, tears, surprises and friendly animals and is sure to help boost both the awareness of loss of habitat to native animals, as well as tourism to Australia, with its use of some of our less known native animals, beautiful landscapes and of course its all-Aussie cast!