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|“||Sloan: Eliza, you're a little troublemaker. First, you show up on my cheetah hunt, and then you jump from a train to save my rhino.
Eliza: He's not your rhino!
Sloan: Oh, really? And then, somehow, you knew the poachers had shot him at the river, yet you were on a train at the time.
Eliza: I guessed.
Sloan: Perhaps. And now you arrive in the jungle, knowing about a fence. A fence which no one witnessed being built, so, my little troublemaker, who told you?
Eliza: No one.
Sloan: Are your parents working with that Jomo person?
Eliza: They don't even know I'm here.
Sloan: Then, who is your source of information?
Eliza: There's no one!
Sloan: You know too much for a little girl. I have too much invested in this operation to let anything get in my way. If you don't tell me who they are, you'll never see that family of yours again!
|~ Sloan interrogating and threatening Eliza.|
Sloan Blackburn is the main antagonist of Nickelodeon's 9th feature film The Wild Thornberrys Movie. He is the ruthless leader of the Poachers and the husband of Bree Blackburn. He is also Eliza Thornberry's archenemy.
He was voiced by Rupert Everett, who also played Lord Rutledge in Dunston Checks In, Dr. Claw in the 1999 live-action Inspector Gagdet film, Carnaby Fritton in St. Trinians, and Prince Charming in DreamWorks' Shrek franchise.
Sloan appeared as a sociable, civil, charming, big-hearted and animal-loving zoologist, but this was just to disguise his true nature as a callous, stingy, violent, sinister, relentless and sadistic poacher. Sloan and Bree were also prominently behind a poacher plot to take advantage of the migration of over a thousand African Forest Elephants to Timbo Valley during a solar eclipse in order to massacre them by driving them into an electric fence for their ivory.
Sloan is definitely the worst of the two. He shows all the traits of a sociopath, having no empathy for the animals and people he hurts, nor any remorse for his vile deeds. He is even perfectly willing to kill children should they meddle with his plans. He is also very quick-tempered, becoming extremely angry when things don’t go his way and when his plans are thwarted. Sloan is also a very conceited man as he has no courtesy for animals, considering them to be nothing more than dumb creatures, whose only use is to make people, like him, rich. This conceitedness is what leads to his downfall as he underestimated the intelligence of the elephants who ended up bringing down his and Bree's helicopter. This negative view of animals also causes him to hold real zoologists and nature-lovers in contempt, vehemently regarding them as "stupid" for trying to save wildlife instead of using them for profit, like he does. Sloan's only positive trait is his relationship with his wife Bree, whom he genuinely loves and respect.
Sloan and Bree were first seen in a helicopter and kidnapped the young cheetah Talley on the Savannah, though their faces were not shown during the scene, indirectly sparking Eliza's search for Tally and the poachers.
After returning to Africa from England, Eliza unknowingly encountered a rhinoceros whom the poachers had shot his horn, and Sloan and Bree arrived to the scene posing as concerned zoologists. Eliza, Darwin, and Donnie later ran into Bree and Sloan yet again at their camp, and the two allowed the group to stay with them for the night.
However, when Eliza discovered the Blackburns' equipment in their RV along with a captive Tally, Bree and Sloan's evil true colors were revealed, and they took Eliza and her friends captive. Sloan was fearful about Eliza's mysterious pre-knowledge of the poachers' "fence" in Timbo Valley and what else she could know that could threaten Sloan's poaching operation. Before Sloan could interrogate Eliza on what else she knew, Eliza's sister Debbie arrived looking for Eliza. While Bree takes Eliza hostage, Sloan threatened to kill Debbie if Eliza refuses to reveal her source of information. As such, Eliza is forced to admit that she has the power to talk to animals, and that the animals living in the valley gave her the information in the first place. A storm arises, taking away Eliza's powers, and forcing the horrified Blackburns to flee away by chopper.
Later that day, as the poachers prepared at Timbo Valley to use bombs to drive the arriving elephants to stampede into their electrified fence, Sloan oversaw and the operation and gave the orders while Bree pilots the helicopter. They almost succeeded in murdering all the elephants, but their plot was foiled when Eliza managed to stop the elephants and turn them around just before they reached the fence. Enraged at Eliza's heroic interference, Sloan forcefully picked her up on the chopper's ladder and hurled her into a waterfall. Bree and Sloan then tried to shoot the elephants down from in the air as a backup plan, but the elephants pulled their chopper down out of the air by its ladder and destroyed it. Once the eclipse ended, Bree and Sloan were defeated and cornered by the vengeful elephants and arrested by the rangers for their crimes.
- Sloan was inspired by Gaston from Beauty and the Beast, Jafar from Aladdin, Shan Yu from Mulan, Frollo from The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Rothbart from The Swan Princess, Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty and Lyle Tiberius Rourke from Atlantis: The Lost Empire.
- A minor instance of foreshadowing was shown during the movie, when Sloan and Bree insisted on Eliza, Darwin, and Donnie staying for the night, they were forbidden from going inside the camper, thus hiding evidence of their true occupation.
- Sloan and Bree are easily the two most evil villains in the Wild Thornberrys franchise, and arguably two of the most evil and depraved villains to have appeared on an Nickelodeon production.
- Martin Short, the late Ian Holm, Hugh Laurie, Malcolm McDowell, Steve Buscemi, the late Alan Rickman, Mark Hamill, Jeff Daniels, Jason Alexander, Andy Dick, Donald Sutherland, Kevin Bacon, Alan Tudyrk, William Shanter and Rob Lowe were all considered for the role of Sloan Blackburn before Rupert Everett was cast.
- The three species Sloan and Bree are seen targeting are the southeast African cheetah, eastern black rhinoceros, and the African forest elephant.