The Wild Thornberrys

Nickelodeon (ended 2004)
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  • show Description
  • Eliza Thornberry is not your ordinary kid. It's not just because she travels the world in an RV with her parents, Nigel and Marianne: famous nature show hosts. Eliza also happened to be granted the magical ability to talk with and understand animals. She's now able to talk with animals and help save them from various threats along with her friend Darwin, a chimpanzee who travels with Eliza and her family.moreless

  • Episode Guide
  • S 5 : Ep 9

    Rugrats Go Wild!

    Aired 6/13/03

  • S 5 : Ep 8

    Eliza Unplugged

    Aired 6/11/04

  • S 5 : Ep 7

    Look Who's Squawking

    Aired 4/4/03

  • S 5 : Ep 6

    Sir Nigel (2)

    Aired 3/30/03

  • S 5 : Ep 5

    Sir Nigel (1)

    Aired 3/30/03

  • Cast & Crew
  • Tim Curry

    Nigel Thornberry

  • Lacey Chabert

    Eliza Thornberry

  • Danielle Harris

    Debbie Thornberry (voice)

  • Tom Kane


  • Jodi Carlisle

    Marianne Thornberry

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (86)

    • Darwin: Or they would send you off to Stanford University for testing.

    • Eliza: If I told my family I could talk to animals, It would help them with the Tv show...

    • Nigel: Now then...what would you say if I whipped up a batch of porridge and thawed out a brace of kippers? Wouldn't that be smashing?

    • Nigel: (On boat) Hello Hoggy.

    • Marianne: You're online? Tribal Cheif: Sure! Who isn't?

    • Debbie: So what if I don't have a college education! I can make my own shampoo!!

    • Darwin: But chickens have wings and beaks and they go BAK BAK BAK BAK!

    • Debbie:: after finding out they may have to spend 8 weeks in Matadi if they miss the barge Does that sound like a nature show to you? sarcastically This week, all Matadi, all the time! And next week, Matadi again, and we have more Matadi coming up!

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    Notes (50)

    • They changed Darwin's name from Bobbo to Darwin before the first episode aired.

    • This episode was aired during "The Big Help-athon" years ago.

    • Darwin's name is Bobo in this episode.

    • We learn that Nigel knows how to build a Cabalito which is a boat.

    • In this episode, it is made obvious that Darwin has adapted such to human life that he can never return to the wild and live on his own.

    • Eliza has dreams of having her own amusement park, space station and being a queen.

    • In this story, we meet Kip and Biederman for the first time who would return throughout the series as the Villains. Whilst this is their first story, Eliza, Nigel, Kip and Biederman immediately recognise each other, suggesting they have met before

    • Donnie gives some hints about his cultured upbringing by setting the table and sipping tea.

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    Trivia (31)

    • When they are crossing the bridge, and Eliza is just starting across, there is a hole in the bridge. But that can't be, because she hasn't fallen through yet, and when she falls, that spot is full, then the hole is back. Then, when they go back, the whole is gone.

    • Recurring Gag: Eliza taking the more dangerous route whilst Donnie and Darwin take the more easy route

    • During a wide shot of Debbie and Donnie sitting at the table, there's a jug and two glasses full of lemonade but in the close-up shot with Donnie, both the jug and the two glasses are empty.

    • When the professor saw Marianne, he called her "Marianne Hunter" so apparently, her maiden name is Hunter.

    • Marianne attended Berkley college.

    • How did the feathers on Donnie get that perfect? I mean he had wings and there was a white spot around his neck.

    • This episode takes place in Indonesia.

    • Mr. Culpepper: Your last paper arrived waterlogged, bitten, and smelling of the jungle. Eliza: Well, you know the Congo: damp, smelly, and full of alligators.

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    Allusions (17)

    • According to legend, a little Massai girl entered the namina enkiyio and a big monster who lives in a deep hole grabbed her with his clawsand never let her go. Then, theres a mud pool that pulls people in and the giant warriors who eat children

    • The title of this episode resembles the show "Hogan Knows Best".

    • Title pun: Father Knows Best

    • Title pun: Rebel Without A Cause, a 1955 film starring James Dean.

    • Title pun: Chip Off The Old Block

    • Title pun: Two If By Sea

    • Title pun: Three's Company, a 1980s sitcom starring the late John Ritter.

    • This title is a pun of the phrase "Show Me the Money".

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  • Fan Reviews (42)
  • One of my all time favorites!!! :)

    By Zachary425-000, Feb 17, 2014

  • An old show that still is fun to watch

    By Raven77, Dec 06, 2013

  • A good show.

    By Lyoko88, Mar 18, 2013

  • Great idea

    By gracielove, Nov 10, 2012

  • Stupid, boring, lame, repetitive, unfunny, idiotic, and uninteresting, and no I am not naming the 7 dwarfs.

    By That_TV_Dude, Mar 28, 2011