The Wild Thornberrys is an American animated TV series that aired on Nickelodeon. It was a rerun in the United States on Nickelodeon and occasionally Nicktoons until 2007.
The show returned to The ’90s Are All That for one night, and aired on March 21, 2013. The show aired on Nicktoonsters in the UK. Following Shout! Factory acquisition of the title in February 2011, all 5 series have been released on DVD.
The series focuses around a nomadic family of documentary filmmakers known as the Thornberrys, who are famous for their televised wildlife studies.
It primarily centers on the family’s younger daughter Eliza, who has a secret gift to communicate with animals, bestowed upon her after having rescued a shaman masquerading as a trapped wild animal and thus enabling her to talk to the Thornberrys’ adopted pet chimpanzee Darwin.
Together, the pair frequently ventures through the wilderness, befriending endless species of wild animals along the way or making realizations of vital morals through either their experiences or a particular animal species’ lifestyle, or simply assisting the creatures with which they become acquainted in their difficulties.
The Wild Thornberrys was produced by Klasky Csupo for Nickelodeon. It premiered in September 1998, and was the first Nicktoon to exclusively use 22-minute stories (episodes of other Nicktoons usually featured two 10 – 11-minute stories, using 22-minute stories only on occasion).