Brigsby Bear Adventures is a children's TV show produced for an audience of one: James. When the show abruptly ends, James's life changes forever, and he sets out to finish the story himself.
When you hear the names of Saturday Night Live and Andy Samberg’s team Lonely Island you think of American crass comedy, but Brigsby Bear is one of the sweetest and heartwarming movies you’ll see this year.
First off I admit not knowing anything about these three SNL buddies - star / writer Kyle Mooney, director Dave McCary and cameo Beck Bennett– but their early homemade sketch videos are brilliant. Even Steven Spielberg sent them a congratulatory note for their Hook homage.
They bring their goofy charm to this sweet nostalgic coming of age tale. There’s been some great visits back to 80’s lately - Stranger Things, IT – and even though it’s set in the modern day, the love for early morning cartoons and a simpler life is another fun blast from past.
You’ll get a kick out of the VHS stylings of The Brigsby Bear Adventures. Even though it’s a fake show within the movie it’s just so well done it’ll take you back to the days of Teddy Ruxpin and SuperTed.
Star Kyle Mooney is so goddamn adorable as bunker-captive James. His first experiences of the new modern world are realistic and hilarious and never come across as cheesy.
There are some great cameo performances too, Greg Kinnear is gold as the detective who gets to relive his hammy theatre days, Mark Hamill is a delight as Mooney’s captive-dad, and even producer Andy Samberg drops in for a laugh. Plus newcomer Jorge Lendeberg Jr is wonderful as Mooney’s friend Spencer.
The filmmaking adventures of James and his new bff Spencer (played by wonderful newcomer Jorge Lendeberg Jr) are a highlight, and you can’t wipe the grin from your face as they make hilarious scenes for the movie edition of The Brigsby Bear Adventures.
You can’t help leaving Brigsby Bear with a smile on your dial, it’s quirky, funny and heartwarming stuff.
DVD Releases: 31st January 2018
Rating: M – Contains Sex scenes, offensive language & drug use
Duration: 97 minutes
Starring: Kyle Mooney, Mark Hamill, Jane Adams
Director: Dave McCary (Debut Feature Film)
Following the world premiere at Sundance Film Festival 2017 at the Eccles theatre during the Q&A, the cast were asked what attracted them to the project. Mark Hamill talked about how much he liked the script and the originality of the story, but also joked: 'Also, I actually had lines. You know, that's always a bonus for me'. This is a reference to the fact that all of his lines were cut from Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).