Hoot

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Overview

Three kids have an unexpected adventure as they try to protect some rare birds in this comedy drama based on a book for young adults by Carl Hiaasen. Roy Eberhardt Logan Lerman is a 14-year-old boy whose family has moved so often he's literally lost count of the number of times he's changed schools in the last ten years. Roy ought to be used to being the new kid at school by now, but making the switch from the big sky of Montana to the Gulf Coast of Florida proves to be a major challenge. While Roy quickly ...
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Overview

Three kids have an unexpected adventure as they try to protect some rare birds in this comedy drama based on a book for young adults by Carl Hiaasen. Roy Eberhardt Logan Lerman is a 14-year-old boy whose family has moved so often he's literally lost count of the number of times he's changed schools in the last ten years. Roy ought to be used to being the new kid at school by now, but making the switch from the big sky of Montana to the Gulf Coast of Florida proves to be a major challenge. While Roy quickly becomes the target of school bully Dana Matherson Eric Phillips, he's befriended by Beatrice Leep Brie Larson, a spunky girl with enough nerve to stand up to Dana, and her brother Mullet Fingers Cody Linley. Beatrice and Mullet share their big secret with Roy -- they have a hidden hideaway where they look after a flock of wild owls. The owls in question are on the endangered species list, but that's of little concern to Chuck Muckle Clark Gregg, a top executive from the Mother Paula's All-American Pancake House chain, who is planning to build a new restaurant in the hollow where the owls nest. Roy, Beatrice, and Mullet are determined to find a way to save the owls, but Muckle and his right-hand man, Curly Brannitt Tim Blake Nelson, are less interested in saving the birds than in turning a profit. The kids have a plan, however, and they uncover some evidence of interest to David Delinko Luke Wilson, a well-meaning but slow-witted policeman investigating some dirty doings tied in to the pancake house. Hoot features a handful of new recordings from popular Florida musician Jimmy Buffett, who also helped produce the film.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Watch: a group of owls migrate to a safe new home; Build: an animal sanctuary in your own backyard; Meet: the kids in the cast (Brie gives you the inside scoop!); Teach: owls, snakes and alligators to be movie stars; Discover: the people who care for sick and endangered birds; Hang: with Jimmy Buffet as he prepares for his close-up; Sneak: behind the scenes with the director of Hoot; Laugh: along with the blooper reel; See: more of Hoot through its deleted scenes; Play: 3 fun DVD-ROM games - fishfood, monkey see, monkey do, & treefrog
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Readers can debate whether Hoot does justice to Carl Hiaasen's book, but there is much in the film to compel those unfamiliar with the author's Newbery Honor winner. Logan Lerman stars as Roy Eberhardt, who is plucked from the Eden that is Montana and transplanted yet again with his parents to a coastal Florida town. It is his sixth school in eight years, and this particular transition does not go smoothly. On the first day, he runs afoul of titanic bully Dana Eric Phillips, as well as "Beatrice the Bear" Brie Larson, a "soccer jock with attitude." Of more immediate concern to Roy, though, is the identity of Mullet Fingers, a blond, barefoot boy Cody Linley he spots daily sprinting past his bus. Roy's determination to discover who he is will embroil him in the mystery boy's bid to sabotage the construction of a pancake restaurant on land that endangered burrowing owls already call home. The budding eco-terrorists' hearts are in the right place, and the owls are suitably adorable and sympathetic, but parents may want to have a discussion with their children about the concept of "means to an end." The unaffected young actors fare better than their adult costars, including Luke Wilson as a sympathetic but dim police officer who is always a step behind Mullett, and Tim Blake Nelson as a development-company stooge. Neil Flynn Scrubs, Kiersten Warren, and Clark Gregg do their best with their one-dimensional roles as Roy's oblivious parents and the corporate villain, respectively. Singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett, who produced the film, appears as a very laid-back science teacher. He also contributes gratuitous pop covers "Barefootin' " to accompany Mullet and original songs that would be more at home in Margaritaville. The PG rating is for the scenes with Dana, which mostly play out as comic relief and distract from the real story. While the film may just fall short of being a real Hoot, its coming-of-age story is refreshingly rooted in the real world, and not in the special effects universe of so many of today's children films.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/15/2006
  • UPC: 794043103599
  • Original Release: 2006
  • Rating:

  • Source: New Line Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 11,829

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Luke Wilson Officer David Delinko
Logan Lerman Roy Eberhardt
Brie Larson Beatrice Leep
Tim Blake Nelson Curly Branitt
Cody Linley Mullet Fingers
Neil Flynn Mr. Eberhardt
Clark Gregg Chuck Muckle
Kiersten Warren Mrs. Eberhardt
Jessica Cauffiel Mother Paula/Kilmberly
Dean Collins Garrett
Eric Phillips Dana Matherson
Robert Wagner Mayor Grandy
Robert Donner
Technical Credits
Wil Shriner Director, Co-producer, Screenwriter
Walter P. Anderson Sound/Sound Designer
Alan Edward Bell Editor
Savannah Jane Buffett Musical Direction/Supervision
Jimmy Buffett Score Composer, Producer
Michael Chapman Cinematographer
Michael Disco Co-producer
Toby Emmerich Executive Producer
Richard Fojo Art Director
Cathy Sandrich Gelfond Casting
Carl Hiaasen Co-producer
Mark Kaufman Co-producer
Christopher Lawrence Costumes/Costume Designer
Rob Lieber Screenwriter
Stephen Lineweaver Production Designer
Amanda Mackey Casting
Phil Marshall Score Composer
Frank Marshall Producer
Mac McAnally Score Composer
Michael Utley Score Composer
Kevin Reidy Executive Producer
Greg Taylor Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hoot
1. Main Titles [2:21]
2. New Kid [4:21]
3. Chasing Mullet [3:30]
4. Vandalism [4:29]
5. Stakeout [2:41]
6. Confronting Bullies [3:13]
7. Mullet's Hideout [4:04]
8. Delivering Shoes [6:52]
9. Muckie's 100th [5:28]
10. Dana's Revenge [3:38]
11. The Dog Bite [8:43]
12. Nature Tour [4:40]
13. Dana's Arrest [3:46]
14. Overnight Guest [2:51]
15. Missing Seat [3:42]
16. The Plan [8:58]
17. Ground Breaking [4:10]
18. Roy's Speech [7:13]
19. Happy Ending [1:54]
20. Credits [3:56]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Hoot
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   Special Features
      Blooper Reel
      Deleted Scenes
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            Play Without Commentary
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         Beach Breakfast Table
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         On the Boat
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         Pancake Construction
            Play Without Commentary
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         Walk to Boat Dock
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         School Corridor
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         Talk on Porch
            Play Without Commentary
            Play With Commentary
      Hoot's Hands-On Habitat Projects
      Backyard Habitat
      Meet the Kids in the Cast
      Animals in Action
      Visit an Animal Rescue Center
      Meet the Creator of Hoot
      Jimmy Buffet: Filmmaker in Paradise
      Director on the Set
      Feature Commentary With Director Wil Shriner & Novelist Carl Hiaasen
      Theatrical Trailer
      Sneak Peeks
   Set Up Options
      Sound
         Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
         Stereo Surround Sound
      Subtitles
         English
         Spanish
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   DVD-ROM/Online
      This DVD Contains Exclusive Features and Weblinks Accessible in an Interactual Enhanced DVD Player or DVD-capable Personal Computer. Watch the Film and Read the Screenplay With Script-to-Screen, Play Fun Nature Games, Visit New Line on the Internet or Check Out the Hot Spot Where You Can Learn of the Latest Promotions and Information From New Line. To Access These Materials Please Insert This Disc Into a PC and Through the Interactual Player Select DVD-ROM/Online Features
      Requirements
         Requires the (Included) Interactual Player Installed. System Requirements: A Computer Running Microsoft Windows 98SE or Higher, Macromedia Flash 6.0 and an Internet Connection, a DVD-ROM Drive, and a Software or Hardware DVD Player. This DVD Will Not Work in a CD-ROM Drive and the DVD-ROM Features Are Not Available on Apple Macintosh
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