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By Rene Russo (Actor), Robbie Coltrane (Actor), Alan Cumming (Actor), Irma P. Hall (Actor), Peter Elliott (Actor) & Caroline Thompson (Director)
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Record Label   Sony Pictures
Format   Anamorphic / Closed-captioned / Color /
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.4" Width: 5.1" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.15 lbs.
Binding  DVD Video
Release Date   Mar 1, 2008
Publisher   PROVIDENT #130
ISBN  0012492116  
EAN  0043396056176  
UPC  043396056176  

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Based on the life of Gertrude Lintz, a Long Island socialite who kept an amazing menagerie of animals on her estate, this very able film by Caroline Thompson (Black Beauty) concentrates on Lintz's relationship with a gorilla named Buddy, whom she raised from infancy on. The film is geared toward kids, but in the very best sense as Thompson orchestrates some very entertaining sequences without cutting corners on logic, the way most forms of children's entertainment do today. Rene Russo is very good as the eccentric woman, and Robbie Coltrane is uncharacteristically warm and fuzzy as her patient husband. Nice support work from Alan Cumming and the rest of the cast. Thompson is aiming for something akin to the live-action glory days of Disney, and she comes close to achieving it. --Tom Keogh

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Found it irritating  Jul 28, 2006
I thought it would be cute but it's just a crazy rich woman who indulges her love of animals by turning her home into a zoo. For some reason, instead of amusing me, it annoyed me. Dressing chimps as people and treating them like spoiled children. And she does the same with the gorilla, Buddy. She first saved Buddy but instead of using common sense, she decides to try to make it as human as possible. Of course, he turns on her later and she finds out that yes, gorillas are wild animals.

People who want to see animals in human terms annoy me sometimes. I remember once reading about a woman who was kicked in the face by a moose up in the mountains. Well, what did she think "Hey, it's Bullwinkle!" and try to pet it?

I think it also upset me because I was thinking she could have adopted children instead of making chimps into kids. But perhaps it was best she didn't. She would have messed them up by indulging their every whim.

BTW, this movie is based on a true story.
buddy  Mar 6, 2006
great kids movies. i'd recomend it to anyone with kids. it shows selflessness, love and compasion.
Funny and Irresistible......  Feb 26, 2006
Buddy is such a cute movie. It is the telling of a true story in which Trudy Lintz, ( played by Rene Russo ) a true animal lover, "adopts" a baby male gorilla. Trudy already has a home filled with many animals including birds, dogs and chimps. Being rich, she was able to provide these animals with a very loving home and environment. The mischevious chimps Joe and Maggie are halarious in this movie as we see them do everything but talk! We see Buddy grow from a baby gorilla into a huge silverback. There are very funny scenes in this movie and a few that are sad like when we see Buddy wanting to be set free. We see Buddy escape and create much chaos. Eventually, Trudy realizes that Buddy would be much happier among other gorillas so she buys him his own "sanctuary" where he is set free among other gorillas. This is a movie for both grown ups and kids alike. It will keep you entertained from beginning to end!
A Wonderful Family Movie  May 16, 2005
I didn't realize that this was based on a true story until after we watched it. What a great story. I recommend this one to anyone with kids!
BUDDY starts out pretty good, but then misfires and becomes a self-parodying, rather improbable movie. Director Caroline Thompson wants to make several points about animal cruelty and how important animals can be. But in the preposterously ditsy Gertrude Lintz, she gives us a woman who is so obsessed with turning her animals into human playthings. The chimpanzees are cute, but dressing them up and treating them as children may show some underlying psychological problems for Ms. Lintz. Inspired by true events, which according to other reviewers is far from accurate, BUDDY gives us a refined Rene Russo in an uncharacteristic role as Lintz. Russo does fine in the role, but Lintz seems so out of touch with reality that it doesn't ring true. Robbie Coltrane is charming as her doctor husband, and he and Russo do have a nice chemistry. Alan Cumming is good as the "nanny" but his role is too underdeveloped to really matter. The film does have some humorous moments and I particularly enjoyed the parrot, particularly when maid Irma P. Hall is running a blender and the parrot is mimicking her. The contest is funny. The problem with BUDDY is Buddy himself. The animatronic baby is about as convincing as an Ed Wood movie, and when Buddy grows, we know there's a human in a gorilla suit. Buddy loses credibility; if this was an animated film, then maybe I could have bought it, but without detracting from Jim Henson's crew, it is obvious even to children that we're not dealing with a real gorilla. Buddy himself becomes so violent and uncontrollable, I lost interest in his fate.
Children will probably enjoy the animal antics, but BUDDY doesn't leave me with any kind of message or impact.

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