A massive corporate conglomerate, Octopus Inc., run by a shrewd and cruel tycoon named Rod McCain, purchases a UK-based leisure company, and also the failing London Marwood Zoo. To bring more business to the zoo, Octopus hires a new manager, Rollo Lee, who promptly comes up with a way to increase profits-do away with all the animals except for the ferocious ones. This new Fierce Creatures Policy shocks the Marwood zookeepers, led by the unendingly talkative Adrian "Bugsy" Malone. Eventually, Rod McCain's son Vince, along with the up-and-coming business executive Willa Weston, take control of the zoo and revoke the Fierce Creatures Policy. Vince instead comes up with many under-handed and vicious schemes to attract customers-unauthorized celebrity endorsements, shoddy, overpriced zoo merchandise, and using robotic animals instead of real ones. However, Vince is also stealing from the zoo's funds, and when his father finds out, he rears to turn the zoo into a Japanese-owned golf course.... Written by
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When Vince says 'I am not a wuss' to Rod, John Cleese in the background also mouths the line. See more »
Adrian "Bugsy" Malone:
Scared? Oh, don't worry about Terry; he wouldn't hurt a fly. Well, actually, he *would* hurt a fly, bein' a Mexican red-kneed tarantula - Brachypelma smithii - and therefore particularly partial to flies. The point is that Terry has a bite relatively harmless to human beings, and you reacted as though he were fierce - which he isn't.
Yes, I always had a bit of a thing about spiders, actually.
Adrian "Bugsy" Malone:
So... if creatures are *thought* to be fierce, they are, ipso facto... *fierce!*
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No animals were injured during the making of this movie, only humans. See more »
This film is an obvious cash in on the success of 'A Fish Named Wanda', using many of the same actors, playing very similar roles.
Lightning however rarely strikes twice, and this is a film that never moves from being 'sort of funny' to 'actually funny'. Cleese seems, as he always has, incapable of playing a role that isn't Basil Fawlty, so now we get Basil Fawlty running a zoo. How funny. Not.
Depressingly, there's actually some very funny people in this film (Kevin Kline, Robert Lindsay, Ronnie Corbett) but they are either not supported by the script, or given very little to do.
Even Cleese himself said that this film was a mistake. How right he truly is.
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