|Director/Writer:|| Caroline Thompson|
|Director of Photography:||Steve Mason|
|Production Designers:||David Nichols and Daniel Lomino|
|Producers:||Steve Nicholaides and Fred Fuchs|
|Jim Henson Pictures and Columbia; PG; 84 |
|Cast:||Rene Russo, Robbie Coltrane, Peter Elliott, Alan Cumming, Paul Reubens and Irma T. Hall|
|Based on the book Animals Are My Hobby by Gertrude Davies Lintz|
An odd career move for Russo, who has until now shown discretion when choosing roles and leading men. Real-life Brooklyn socialite Gertrude “Trudy” Lintz turns her elegant apartment into a zoo, housing a sizable menagerie. The apple of her eye is Buddy, a gorilla she adopts as a sick infant. She dresses him in custom threads from Bergdorf Goodman and nurtures him as a son. But Trudy has to rethink Buddy as a domestic pet when she takes him to the 1933 World's Fair in Chicago and he acts, well, like a gorilla. A bland film that never explains Trudy's peculiar lifestyle.