Buddy

(1997)

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Synopsis: Animals run amok in the Lintz household. Mother hen Gertrude Lintz (Russo) raises just about everything from mischievous chimps to impressionable parrots on her estate. A baby gorilla (named Buddy, short for Budha) becomes part of the family, but as he grows in size, so does the difficulty in caring for him. Amiable tale of one woman's motherly bond with a gorilla includes convincing performances by Russo and an animatronic gorilla courtesy of Jim Henson's Creature Shop. Well-paced and very touching at moments, children will definitely enjoy the zany animal antics, and adults should be moved by the unusual relationship. Based on the book by Lintz.
 
Directed by: Caroline Thompson
Producer(s): Steve Nicolaides, Fred Fuchs, Francis Ford Coppola, American Zoetrope, Jim Henson Productions, Columbia Pictures.
Cast: Rene Russo, Robbie Coltrane, Irma P. Hall, Alan Cumming, Paul (Pee-wee Herman) Reubens