Based on the true story of Gertrude 'Trudy' Lintz (Rene Russo), an eccentric socialite who, with her husband Bill (Robbie Coltrane) and assistant Dick (Alan Cumming), delights in sharing her home with a bunch of apes and monkeys. Trudy's favourite is Buddy, a cheeky gorilla who gets himself into all sorts of scrapes.
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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