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Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang
     

Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang

Director: George Bloomfield

Cast: Gary Busey, Miranda Richardson, Ice-T

 

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Based on noted Montreal author Mordecai Richler's classic children's adventure of the same name, the film is about a boy named Jacob (Max Morrow) who has to say everything twice to be heard, simply because he is the youngest of five children. Desperately needing to be taken seriously, he offers to go to the grocery store for his Dad, embarking on his first solo

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Based on noted Montreal author Mordecai Richler's classic children's adventure of the same name, the film is about a boy named Jacob (Max Morrow) who has to say everything twice to be heard, simply because he is the youngest of five children. Desperately needing to be taken seriously, he offers to go to the grocery store for his Dad, embarking on his first solo journey. The quest goes horribly wrong when he loses his nerve and runs off, only to bump into a ten-pound hanging salami. He wakes up to find himself in court charged with insulting a grown-up. The Singing Judge sentences Jacob to the children's prison on Slimer's Island. The fog-bound and crocodile infested prison is presided over by the fearsome Hooded Fang (Gary Busey). Help is supposed to be on its way in the form of the heroic Child Power Masters. When that is delayed, Jacob Two Two hatches a cunning plan to take on the Hooded Fang himself. Fraught with childhood fantasies and fears, the film encourages children to feel strong in the threatening world of adults.

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There's an effort here to be amusingly threatening in the manner of Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, but there's too much gothic Annie-in-the-orphanage tension to be the breezy yet significant children's movie its makers intended. Still, for tweeners -- those between ten and 15 (perhaps the most underserviced demographic in all of filmed entertainment) -- Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang isn't bad, and it could be a lot worse. The cast has something to do with what success there is. Gary Busey, of all people, camps it up as the disguised titular villain that young Jacob (adorable but limited Max Morrow) must defeat in order to get himself and dozens of other imprisoned children off the creepy Slimer's Island. Miranda Richardson and Mark McKinney play Miss Fowl and Mr. Fish with clever costume appliances -- hers a beak, his gills and a fin in the back of his head -- with just the right note of playful menace. Ice-T, perhaps the last performer one might expect in a family film, plays his sequence as the rapping judge as though he's in a music video, which is not all bad in this context. The movie sports enough teen-fantasy references -- motorized skateboarding and a Power Rangers knock-off among them -- to make young viewers hurry their homework so they can tune in. But just once -- this film doesn't have the addictive juvenile charm required to make it a perennial hit or to make Jacob Two Two a household word.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/11/2009
UPC:
0018713541819
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
NR
Source:
Good Times Video
Region Code:
0
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:34:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gary Busey The Hooded Fang
Miranda Richardson Miss Fowl
Ice-T Justice Rough
Mark McKinney Mr.Fish
Max Morrow Jacob Two Two
Maury Chaykin Louis Loser,Mr. Cooper
Joe Dinicol Noah / O'Toole
Alison Pill Marfa / Shapiro

Technical Credits
George Bloomfield Director
Marty Beecroft Score Composer
Deirdre Bowen Casting
Ralph Brunjes Editor
Tim Burns Songwriter,Screenwriter
Eric Cadesky Score Composer
Glenn Coulson Score Composer
Michael Donovan Executive Producer
Greg Dummett Producer
Nick Dyer Score Composer
Christopher Figg Executive Producer
Jono Grant Score Composer
Joe Heslip Score Composer
Christina Jennings Producer
Sandra Kybartas Production Designer
Peter Luciani Songwriter
Linda Muir Costumes/Costume Designer
Gerald Packer Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang
2. Two Tomatoes [7:27]
3. The Singing Judge [8:04]
4. Mr Fish & Miss Fowl [2:41]
5. The Hooded Fang [5:31]
6. Are You Scared? [8:37]
7. Bones for Toothpicks [6:39]
8. Fog Machine [6:04]
9. A New Job [8:54]
10. Beautiful To Me [7:44]
11. Your Dog Likes You [7:25]
12. Slimers [5:45]
13. You're My Friend [7:31]

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