With the ratings dropping for a wilderness-themed television show, two animal fans go to the Andes Mountains in search of Bigfoot.


Fred Wolf





Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Zahn ... Peter
Allen Covert ... Fred
Jonah Hill ... Cooker
Kevin Heffernan ... Whitaker
Ashley Scott ... Cheryl
Peter Dante ... Danny Gutierrez
Harry Hamlin ... Sky Pierson
Robert Patrick ... Gus Hayden
Joe Don Baker ... Bill Calhoun
Blake Clark ... Dick
Justin Long ... Junior
Jeff Garlin ... Ed Lawson
Ernest Borgnine ... Milas
Jake Abel ... Conservationist
Kevin Alejandro ... Hispanic Man #1


When his father dies, Peter Gaulke inherits "Strange Wilderness," dad's TV show about animals. After ratings plummet and the show is canceled, we watch a long flashback to see its demise. The studio head gives the show two more weeks. An old friend brings a story about Bigfoot in Ecuador, so a long road trip ensues with stops along the way and enough problems, misjudgments, and deaths to sink a less intrepid band. Peter's team faces competition from a better-funded and more practiced set of rivals. Who will find Bigfoot first, and will they get it on tape and save the show? Can Peter make dad proud? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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If you love nature, and the outdoors, don't watch their show! See more »


Adventure | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for non-stop language, drug use, crude and sexual humor | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


This movie began its life in the 1990s as a series of independently produced short videos by former Saturday Night Live (1975) writers Fred Wolf and Peter Gaulke. "They started out as little parodies of wildlife shows", explains co-Writer and Producer Gaulke. "Fred and I went out and shot them with the help of John Burrud, who actually has a real-life wildlife show. His father Bill used to host 'Animal World' and other travel and nature shows back in the '60s. So John helped us produce these little shorts which we eventually got onto Comedy Central." See more »


When Peter and Fred's teeth are knocked out on the hood of the Hispanic man's car, Fred's mustache falls off. See more »


[first lines]
Peter Gaulke: [talking on phone] Look at my dad. He was the king. I mean, no matter what happened, I mean he was as cool as a cucumber. He never forgot a line, and he never let anything ruffle him. My dad was the king. No doubt. And his TV show ruled the ratings.
[lights up weed]
Peter Gaulke: What was that?
[coughs while getting high]
Peter Gaulke: Excuse me. It was a wildlife show called Strange Wilderness. Oh, you remember that? Do you remember my dad? Oh cool. Yeah, then he died and then I took over the show, then it went ...
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Subpar at best and disappointing because of the great actors!
2 February 2008 | by c_haferSee all my reviews

This movie extremely disappointed me! I remember watching the trailer months prior to its release, so I was pretty excited for it. I really enjoy most of the Happy Madison films, but this one was a complete bummer! I love Jonah Hill and Steve Zahn is just as good. Not to mention the cast of characters that usually appear in these films, specifically Allen Covert of Grandma's Boy. I really loved that movie, so I then put faith that this one would be somewhat comparable, but quite the contrary. I mean there was some funny and sometimes hilarious parts, but it was just a stretch. They tried way too hard for laughs and some of the time they did succeed, but fell short quite numerously! Jonah Hill's character got few lines, but when he did, they were fairly funny. I did enjoy Justin Long as he is coming into his own as an actor. Kevin Heffernan didn't get nearly enough funny lines or the proper camera time he deserved, I mean he's Farva for the love of god, the man is funny. With all this being said, wait for the DVD. Poor plot, great actors, but wrongly used their talents! Severely disappointed in this film.....I even went opening night I was so excited.....stupid film.....not even a stoner flick at best and trust me I love stoner flicks!

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Release Date:

1 February 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Strange Wilderness See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,001,719, 3 February 2008

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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