The Wild Thornberrys

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The Wild Thornberrys
Premiere September 1, 1998
Finale June 11, 2004
Creator Gabor Csupo
Arlene Klasky
Steve Pepoon
Dave Silverman
Stephen Sustaric
Network Nickelodeon
Style 30-minute animated fantasy
Company Klasky-Csupo
Seasons 6
Episodes 91 + 2 feature films
Origin USA

The Wild Thornberrys is an animated fantasy that aired on Nickelodeon.

The Thornberrys are a family whose patron, Nigel Thornberry, is a nature documentary filmmaker. His wife is Marianne and his two daughters are Debbie and Eliza, and they have a pet monkey, Darwin, in tow. The main star of the show is Eliza, whose chance encounter with an African shaman (whom while he was a porcupine Eliza rescues) gives her the ability to communicate through regular dialogue with animals. It is through this talent that Eliza (presumably named after Eliza Doolittle) has an inkling of animal behavior and life traits. The rest of the family (apart from Darwin) does not know of Eliza's talent or else she loses it. (Debbie discovers it late in the run).

Also along is Donnie, a four-year-old boy raised in the wild by orangutans after poachers killed his parents. The Thornberrys would eventually adopt Donnie.

The series spawned two theatrical movies, the second of which was a crossover with Rugrats.



Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
Lacey Chabert Elizabeth "Eliza" Thornberry 1 2 3 4 5 6
Tim Curry Sir Nigel Archibald Thornberry 1 2 3 4 5 6
Jodi Carlisle Lady Marianne Thornberry 1 2 3 4 5 6
Danielle Harris Debbie Thornberry 1 2 3 4 5 6
Tom Kane Darwin 1 2 3 4 5 6
Flea Donnie 1 2 3 4 5 6



DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Season Sets
Season 1 June 24, 2010 4


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