Directed By
Reinhard Klooss, Holger Tappe
Produced By
Reinhard Klooss, Holger Tappe
Written By
Oliver Huzly, Reinhard Kloos
Ralf Schmitz, Thomas Fritsch, James Corden, Stephen Fry, Andy Serkis
Music By
David Newman
Constantin Film, Ambient Entertainment, White Horse Pictures
Distributed By
Constantin Film
United States
Hemdale Enterprises, LLC.
Arc Entertainment
English, German
Release Date
7 October 2010
Rating G

Animals United (German: Konferenz der Tiere) is a 2010 German 3D computer-animated comedy-adventure film directed and produced by Reinhard Klooss and Holger Tappe. It was released on 7 October 2010 in Germany. The film stars Ralf Schmitz and Thomas Fritsch as a meerkat named Billy and a lion named Socrates in the African Okavango Delta, who go on a quest to discover why their river has unexpectedly dried up. It is based on the 1949 book of the same name by Erich Kästner. The screenplay for the film was written by Oliver Huzly and Reinhard Kloos. An English dub version for Animals United stars James Corden, Stephen Fry, and Andy Serkis.


The film is set in Africa's Okavango Delta, and the main characters are a meerkat named Billy and a lion named Socrates. The annual flood has failed to arrive in the Delta, water has become scarce and the native animals fiercely fight over it. Billy and Socrates set out to find more water, and during their quest they meet a rag-tag group of animals from across the world: a polar bear named Sushi, a kangaroo named Toby, a Tasmanian devil named Smiley, two Galápagos tortoises named Winifred and Winston, and a chimpanzee named Toto, all of whom have had their lives ruined by humans in some way and have traveled to Africa. The animals soon discover the reason for the lack of water in the Delta: a dam has been constructed to supply energy for a luxury resort. Humans kidnap Socrates and hold him captive in the resort, so Billy leads the animals in a plan to free Socrates and break the dam to bring water back to the Delta. After the party, they all approach New York City with the blue whales.


The MeerkatsEdit

  • Billy is an adventurous green-eyed gray meerkat who wants to find water to drink. He wants to take some for himself with a bottle made out an orange-colored gourd complete with a cork. He also likes to golf, drum and sing.
  • Bonnie - Billy's wife and loyal but concerned member of the meerkat family. She has tan fur and light brown eyes compared to her husband's gray fur and green eyes.
  • Junior - the son of Billy and Bonnie who wants to do one of the things his father likes to do such as taking some water with a gourd.
  • Other meerkats often tease Junior about his father's promise, but are convinced at the end.

The other animalsEdit

  • Socrates - the lion with a scar on his face and Billy's best friend.
  • Angie - the elephant with blond hair tied in a ponytail.
  • Giselle - the giraffe with makeup on her face and blond bangs on her head. She is also Angie's best friend.
  • Winston - a Galapagos tortoise who was alive for more than 700 years.
  • Winifred - a Galapagos tortoise and Winston's wife who was also alive for more than 700 years.
  • Charles - the cockerel with a French accent who leads the other animals.
  • Sushi - the polar bear who was damaged by global warming.
  • Toby - the red kangaroo whose ears are hanging down. He likes to drink water.
  • Ken - the koala who's been rescued by a man after another set the outback on fire.
  • Smiley - the Tasmanian devil whom Toby the kangaroo befriends.
  • Toto - the chimpanzee who served as a animal test subject on a cruise ship.
  • Biggie - the black rhinoceros against Chino.
  • Chino - the cape buffalo against Biggie.

The HumansEdit

  • Mr. Smith - the tour guide of the hotel who initially never cares about animals but money.
  • Maya Smith - Smith's daughter who is kind and loves animals.
  • Hunter - the animal killer.

Voice castEdit


English DubEdit


The film was produced by German company Constantin Film. The film was animated in German, and looped by British voice actors into the English-language.


Arc Entertainment releases Animals United on 2-disc Blu-ray and DVD on April 3, 2010 in the USA. In May 2015, Shout! Factory Kids announce that the film was re-released on 2-disc Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD combo pack.

Soundtrack Edit

The soundtrack album for the film was composed by David Newman. It features songs performed by various artists, including Naturally 7, Charles Trénet and Xavier Naidoo. It was released on 7 December 2010 in Germany through Königskinder Music in CD and digital download formats, and is also available on iTunes.

Track listing Edit

All musical score tracks for the film written and composed by David Newman, except where noted.

No. TitlePerformer(s) Length
1. "Animal Paradise"    1:52
2. "Golfing with Caca"    1:38
3. "King of the Road"  Naturally 7 3:56
4. "Splish Splash"  Naturally 7 2:13
5. "Animals March"    1:03
6. "Billy the Scatterbrain"    1:07
7. "La Mer"  Charles Trénet 3:24
8. "No Water"    2:17
9. "Drumming for Water"    2:33
10. "A New Horizon"  Xavier Naidoo & Naturally 7 3:04
11. "Socrates Tells the Story"    3:15
12. "Move On Up"  Naturally 7 3:51
13. "Hokey Pokey"  Naturally 7 2:26
14. "Tales of the Humans"    5:43
15. "Animals in New York"    2:16
16. "A New Horizon (Vocal Play Version)"  Xavier Naidoo & Naturally 7 2:52
Total length:

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