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The Animal

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Director: Luke Greenfield, Rob Schneider, Colleen Haskell, John C. McGinley

Cast: Luke Greenfield, Rob Schneider, Colleen Haskell, John C. McGinley

     
 

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Actor Rob Schneider is let loose in the untamed comedy The Animal. Columbia has done a very nice job on this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. All aspects of this transfer are clear of any defects or imperfections, including edge enhancement, shimmer, grain, or digital artifacting. Colors are bright and clear with black levels solid and even. Audio is

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Actor Rob Schneider is let loose in the untamed comedy The Animal. Columbia has done a very nice job on this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. All aspects of this transfer are clear of any defects or imperfections, including edge enhancement, shimmer, grain, or digital artifacting. Colors are bright and clear with black levels solid and even. Audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 and is very well produced. While the bulk of the directional effects are used mainly for rock songs or background noise, this track still includes a nice amount of depth and fidelity. No distortion is present within any of the dialogue, effects, or music. Also included on this disc is a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack in both English and French, as well as English and French subtitles. The Animal is presented as a "special edition" that includes a nice array of extra features. To start with, there are two funny commentary tracks, the first by actor Rob Schneider and producer John Schneider, and a second by director Luke Greenfield. Both of these tracks are entertaining with the director's commentary tending to sound a bit dry. "Reel Comedy: The Animal" is a 22-minute feature that includes interviews with the cast and crew, as well as some funny antics by the actors using video recorders. A second, shorter feature titled "Animal Instincts" is basically just a rehash of the first feature with interviews and behind-the-scenes clips thrown together. "Badger Deliver" is a feature that allows the viewer to watch the film and intermittently view deleted footage from the film. Finally there are four deleted scenes presented in non-anamorphic widescreen, a short game titled "What's in Marvin?" that lets the viewer watch Marvin Mange act like certain animals, some filmographies on the cast and director, and some theatrical trailers for the films The Animal, The Adventures of Joe Dirt, Big Daddy, and The Cable Guy. All in all this is a very extensive edition of The Animal on DVD.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
A comedy without fangs, The Animal actually has a strong concept. The film attempts to poke fun at how helpless humans are to control their animal urges, and occasionally it hits its mark. The scene where Marvin (Rob Schneider) must continually excuse himself from dinner with his girlfriend in order to attend to one of the base instincts she is triggering in him provides a clue as to where this film could have gone. But avoiding a box-office harming "R" rating was more important than playing this Darwinian concept out to its fullest. Schneider has a sweet, likable quality in the film, as does Survivor contestant Colleen Haskell, making her film debut as his animal-loving girlfriend, but neither is given a real character to play. Not extreme enough for the gags to flower, nor written well enough to explore the romantic angle, The Animal settles into bland inoffensiveness.
New York Times - Stephen Holden
Adding to this transcendently dumb but very funny comedy...is that Marvin [Schneider] just happens to be the world's least likely candidate for bestiality.... In its goofy way, the movie addresses the moral contradictions of a world in which you have a growing animal-rights movement on one side and a mania for professional wrestling on the other.... Its relative modesty lends Mr. Schneider's deft, ingenuous performance an unexpected glow of innocence.
Los Angeles Times - Kevin Thomas
The Animal is an outrageous and imaginative summer comedy aimed primarily at young males, but it is often so funny that it may well connect to a broader audience... A lot of the fun in watching this movie derives from discovering how deftly Schneider gets away with so much.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/30/2001
UPC:
0043396062511
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:23:00

Special Features

Rob Schneider commentary; Director Luke Greenfield commentary; Badger delivery: deleted scenes; Original making-of featurette; "What's in Marvin" game; Comedy Central's "Reel Comedy: The Animal"; Theatrical trailer; Filmographies; Animated menus; Production notes; Scene selections

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rob Schneider Marvin Mange
Colleen Haskell Rianna
John C. McGinley Sgt. Sisk
Ed Asner Chief Wilson
Michael Caton Dr. Wilder
Louis Lombardi Fatty
Guy Torry Miles

Technical Credits
Luke Greenfield Director
Roy Arbogast Special Effects Supervisor
Alan Au Production Designer
Travis Baumann Special Effects Supervisor
Howard Berger Makeup Special Effects
Barry Bernardi Producer
Elizabeth Boykewich Casting
Tom Brady Co-producer,Original Story,Screenwriter
Teddy Castellucci Score Composer
Peter Lyons Collister Cinematographer
Erwin M. Cukurs Set Decoration/Design
Carr D'Angelo Producer
Derek Dauchy Co-producer
Michael Dilbeck Musical Direction/Supervision
Manex Visual Effects Special Effects
Paula Fairfield Sound/Sound Designer
Bruce Franklin Asst. Director
Todd Garner Producer
Jack Giarraputo Executive Producer
Jeff Gourson Editor
K.N.B. EFX Group Makeup Special Effects
Tracy Kaplan Casting
David Kelson Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Kurtzman Makeup Special Effects
Jim Lapidus Costumes/Costume Designer
Randy McIlvain Set Decoration/Design
Roger Mussenden Casting
Christopher Nelson Makeup Special Effects
Gregory Nicotero Makeup Special Effects
Peck Prior Editor
Nathan T. Reimann Associate Producer
Adam Sandler Executive Producer
Rob Schneider Screenwriter
John Schneider Co-producer
Gene Serdena Set Decoration/Design
Domenic Silvestri Art Director
Elmo Weber Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [2:48]
2. The Field Course [:02]
3. Obstacle Course [:03]
4. Marvin Meets Rianna [:03]
5. Badger Milk [:01]
6. "Make It Better" [:01]
7. The Accident [2:11]
8. The Running Man [3:58]
9. Playing Frisbee [1:06]
10. Balloon Trick [1:07]
11. The Press Conference [1:43]
12. Dr. Wilder [5:46]
13. "You Were Born Here." [:01]
14. "Hey Baby" [:08]
15. The Animal Shelter [:01]
16. Trouble With Control [:40]
17. Nelly the Goat [3:07]
18. Mayor's Charity Event [1:26]
19. Marvin the Hero [1:13]
20. A Date With Rianna [2:00]
21. End of a Perfect Evening [3:19]
22. Killer Cow Suspect [:03]
23. Marvin's Hutch [:10]
24. Sisk's Posse [1:01]
25. Leaping the Cliff [5:53]
26. The Same Doctor [4:50]
27. Miles the Beast [2:12]
28. One Year Later [1:24]

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The Animal 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This movie was not interesting or funny. It just plain sucked. This review was obviously written by someone from Barnes and Noble who's trying to make every product sound good. Don't waste your time on this film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Animal was a very interesting and funny movie. I give it 2 thumbs up!