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108 min.
Mike Cheslik
Action, Adventure, Comedy
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13.6% (1:7)
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    While watching the absolutely delightful Hundreds of Beavers, I kept thinking of the aesthetic of Guy Maddin's similar faux-silent films, and wouldn't you know it, the trailer has a pull quote from him endorsing the movie. If hadn't been sold already... This loopy movie is like a live action Looney Tunes cartoon (though it still has animated elements, both classic funny animals and CG-produced collage animation that made me think of Karel Zeman's Invention for Destruction and Fabulous Baron Munchausen) with hundreds of gags and a kind of video game logic. Jean Kayak (great name) is a hapless fur trapper at odds with a variety of animals intent on outsmarting him - and I think it works best when they can rather than the middle part where he's growing in ability - animals played by people in mascot costumes as this is a lo-fi near-silent that I'd love to smuggle back in time and show to unwary 1920s audiences. The gags really build on one another cleverly, and director Mike Cheslik never pulls a shtick once if he can't pull it half a dozen times at least, each time with an amusing twist. But that's damning it with faint praise, because it often provokes genuine laughter. Sometimes it's the small things that do it, but it's also how crazy it all gets as time goes on. And what you thought was just a silly gag? It'll probably turn out to be important to the plot later. It may LOOK like the vignettes in any given Woody Woodpecker, Bugs Bunny or Road Runner cartoon, but it's intricately written so that everything fits like those plastic pieces in the old Mouse Trap board game. A great time! 2 weeks 2 days ago
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