The Animal

June 1st, 2001


The Animal

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After receiving organ transplants from various animal donors, a man finds himself taking on the traits of those animals.

Release Year: 2001

Rating: 4.6/10 (25,362 voted)

Critic's Score: 43/100

Director: Luke Greenfield

Stars: Rob Schneider, Colleen Haskell, John C. McGinley

From the producers of the comedy smash Deuce Bigalow comes The Animal, about a small, wimpy Marvin, who doesn't have what it takes to fulfill his lifelong dream to be a cop. But his luck changes when he's critically injured in a car accident and a deranged scientist secretly uses animal organs to rebuild him. Energized by his new parts, Marvin leaves his weakness behind and achieves instant fame as a supercop. Now a hero, life is going great for Marvin until his animal instincts start taking over his body at all the wrong times. Marvin struggles to remain civilized and be a perfect gentleman with his new love, Rianna in a series of hilarious situations that would drive any animal crazy.

Writers: Tom Brady, Tom Brady

Rob Schneider - Marvin
Colleen Haskell - Rianna
John C. McGinley - Sgt. Sisk
Edward Asner - Chief Wilson
Michael Caton - Dr. Wilder
Louis Lombardi - Fatty
Guy Torry - Miles
Bob Rubin - Bob Harris
Pilar Schneider - Mrs. De La Rosa
Scott Wilson - Mayor
Raymond Ma - Mr. Tam
Michael Papajohn - Patrolman Brady
Ron Roggé - Patrolman Jaworski (as Ron Rogge)
Holly Maples - Elkerton Police Officer
Henriette Mantel - Elkerton Police Officer

Taglines: The producing team of 'Big Daddy' has delivered another winner!


Official Website: Columbia/Mediatrip |

Release Date: 1 June 2001

Filming Locations: Agoura Hills, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $19,610,520 (USA) (3 June 2001) (2788 Screens)

Gross: $55,762,229 (USA) (26 August 2001)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

In June, 2001 Newsweek revealed that print ads for at least four movies released by Columbia Pictures, including this one and A Knight's Tale contained glowing comments from a film reviewer who did not exist. The fake critic, "David Manning," was actually a friend by the same name in Connecticut who had agreed to let his Columbia ad-marketing friend use his name. Manning was misrepresented as a reviewer for a newspaper in the small Connecticut town of Ridgefield.

Continuity: The roof of Marvin's car was flattened by the boulder. After the surgery, the roof was only half flattened.

Marvin Mange: Freeze Puke. Put down that VCR. Put it down. Oh you bought it did you?... Oh you have a receipt do you?... My mistake... I'm new on the force.

User Review

Exactly what I expected...

Rating: 7/10

Let me preface by saying I am a fan of Rob Schneider, and of Adam Sandler. I enjoyed Deuce Bigalow, and all (except for Big Daddy) of Adam Sandler's movies. So I basically was expecting some (Ok, a lot) of low-brow humor, a decent plot to keep rolling through, and to laugh throughout the movie. This movie provided just that. It wasn't the greatest comedy in the world, or a landmark motion picture, and it wasn't made to be that. Colleen Haskell's skills at acting reminded me of when they put a "famous" non-actor on Saturday Night Live, and don't give them too much to do in the skits. She's only in the movie probably a total of 15 minutes, but does what they ask of her, and does a decent job of it. The movie is a hoot, and doesn't actually stoop to every joke being a f**t joke. I laughed about every 3-4 minutes, and enjoyed the ending as well. If you're expecting something similar to Deuce Bigalow, you won't be disappointed.


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