Jay Mohr
Director: John Roberts Cast: Jay Mohr
Jay Mohr
, Tony Shalhoub
Tony Shalhoub
, Cheech Marin
Cheech Marin
John Roberts

DVD (Wide Screen)

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In the Babe tradition of talking animatronic animals, this comedy adventure gets underway when animal-research-lab janitor Misha (Tony Shalhoub) expresses concern for a Blue-crown Conure parrot named Paulie (voice of Jay Mohr) caged in a dank basement. Misha settles back as Paulie tells his life story, seen in flashback: When Paulie was owned by little Marie (Hallie Kate Eisenberg), the parrot helped the little girl get rid of her stutter. After Marie tried to teach Paulie how to fly, he wound up in a pawnshop owned by Artie (Buddy Hackett), where he got an education in one-liners. Paulie and Ivy (Gena Rowlands) learn Marie's family is in LA, so Ivy agrees to drive Paulie cross-country in her RV. However, Marie goes blind and dies. Paulie is forced to fly to LA, where small-time entrepreneur Ignacio (Cheech Marin), with an eye for talent, talons and tacos, puts Paulie to work as a dancer at his taco-stand, where Paulie gets a birds-eye view of a female parrot with pretty plumage. Unfortunately, researcher Dr. Reingold (Bruce Davison), convinced Paulie can bring him academic recognition, steps in with a false promise to link the parrot up with Marie. Betrayed, Paulie refuses to speak anything other than the standard "want-a-cracker" lines, resulting in solitary confinement. Misha, who knows why the caged bird talks, hopes to free Paulie for an eventual reunion with Marie. Animal stunt coordinator Boone Narr and Stan Winston animatronics brought Paulie to life. For another fine-feathered film, see Dean Riesner's Bill and Coo (1947); the film's all-bird cast (dressed in human clothing) brought a "Special Award" for producer Ken Murray during the 1948 Oscar ceremony.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/09/2018
UPC: 0032429296665
Original Release: 1998
Rating: PG
Source: Paramount
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:31:00

Special Features

Production Notes; Cast & Filmmaker Bios

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jay Mohr Paulie,Benny
Tony Shalhoub Misha
Cheech Marin Ignacio
Bruce Davison Dr. Reingold
Gena Rowlands Ivy
Trini Alvarado Adult Marie
Tia Texada Lupe,Ruby
Matt Craven Warren Alweather
Bill Cobbs Virgil
Laura Harrington Lila Alweather
Hallie Kate Eisenberg Marie
Buddy Hackett Artie

Technical Credits
John Roberts Director
John Berger Set Decoration/Design
Bruce Cannon Editor
Laurie Craig Screenwriter
John Debney Score Composer
Banned From The Ranch Entertainment Special Effects
Risa Bramon Garcia Casting
Joseph Geisinger Sound/Sound Designer
Mark Gordon Producer
Sarah Halley-Finn Casting
Randi Hiller Casting
Sony Pictures Imageworks Special Effects
Gary Levinsohn Producer
Light Matters Special Effects
Ginny Nugent Executive Producer
Tony Pierce-Roberts Cinematographer
Denise Pizzini Set Decoration/Design
Hammerhead Productions Special Effects
Jeff Rafner Asst. Director
Santa Barbara Studios Special Effects
Allison Lyon Segan Producer
Tom Taylor Art Director
Dennis Washington Production Designer
Michele Weisler Co-producer
Mary Zophres Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Paulie
1. The Parrot and the Mop Monkey [13:09]
2. It All Started with Marie [4:44]
3. Make Me Talk Right [3:28]
4. Some New Words [2:57]
5. Fly Back to Me [3:51]
6. The Bird with the Dirty Mouth [5:02]
7. So Long, Jersey [3:53]
8. The Things They Take Away [3:46]
9. First Flight [4:24]
10. Ignacio [6:08]
11. The Past Comes Back to Bite You [6:44]
12. Chump Change [7:10]
13. The Property of the Institute [7:23]
14. We'll Find Your Marie [7:28]
15. Marie [5:02]
16. End Titles [6:05]
17. Chapter 17 [:01]

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