• Publication date: May 1, 2011

A Scientific Miracle Gone Awry The Animal: No Barnyard is Safe

Throughout his life Marvin Mange (Rob Schneider) was a failure. As a boy, and also as a man he aspired to become a police officer � just like his father. However after several failed attempts to complete the academy's obstacle course, he lost hope of ever becoming a cop. Instead he landed a job in the station's evidence room, classifying and fetching various items for his higher-ranking coworkers.

Throughout his life Marvin Mange (Rob Schneider) was a failure. As a boy, and also as a man he aspired to become a police officer � just like his father. However after several failed attempts to complete the academy's obstacle course, he lost hope of ever becoming a cop. Instead he landed a job in the station's evidence room, classifying and fetching various items for his higher-ranking coworkers.

One day Marvin's chance to prove himself worthy of wearing a badge arrived unexpectedly while all officers were either off duty or preoccupied. When a distressed lady called begging for help, the wannabe cop hopped in his car and rushed to the scene � or at least he tried to. Along the way Marvin slid over a cliff while making a sharp turn, crashed, and was presumed to be dead.

Unbeknownst to him, however, a loony scientist named Dr. Wilder (Michael Caton) arrived to the crash site before any authorities. Marvin's corpse was perfect for the doctor's reanimation experiment, where body parts of living animals were substituted for human ones. After swapping dog, horse, penguin, and numerous other parts Wilder's own Frankenstein came to life.

With a second lease � or perhaps leash on life, Marvin felt better than ever. He possesses an enhanced sense of smell and cat-like speed and agility. He drops by the airport to visit Miles (Guy Torry), a pal who works for airport security. While chatting Marvin informs Miles that a passerby is concealing heroin � in a very unsanitary location; sure enough the half-man half-animal was correct. The local police department was so impressed by the former flunky's skills that he became a full-fledged officer.

Marvin even found a hot girlfriend: Rianna (Colleen Haskell), the spokesperson for his favorite energy drink, Badger Milk. Everything seemed perfect for Marvin, at least until the transformation's side effects appeared. Cats, dogs, and even mailboxes instantly aroused him � oftentimes in public. Walking on all fours, licking himself, and barking were regular occurrences as well. Worse yet, reports of a nighttime animal molester emerged, and the suspect's description seems to match Marvin's.

The production budget for The Animal was approximately $47 million dollars. At closing, the film garnered $84 million in ticket sales across the globe, deeming it a commercial success. The film's soundtrack includes animal-related tracks such as Eye of the Tiger and Tone Loc's Wild Thing.

Year: 2001

Duration: 84 minutes

Genre: Comedy

Starring:

Rob Schneider

Colleen Haskell

John C. McGinley

Ed Asner

Michael Caton

Adam Sandler

Director: Luke Greenfield

Rating: Rated PG-13 for some crude and sexual humor.