In some counties, length is everything. Every Spring since 1928 thousands converge upon Calaveras County to see whose frog will jump the farthest. JUMP follows the sweat and sacrifice of those who yearn to be the County's top frog jockey - and be enshrined on the Hop of Fame. This heartfelt "frogumentary" uncovers an historical community that still honors its feisty connection to a Wild West past. Inspired by a true fable: Mark Twain's "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County."Written by
I really liked this documentary! While the primary story is about a sport that I never knew existed (competitive frog jumping), it also wholesomely, and cleverly, shows modern small town life: Like a modern day Green Acres. But for real.
The filmmaker seems to have descended upon this rather hidden hamlet, camera in-hand, and allowed the town tell its own story, almost completely free of narrative. He also makes sophisticated use of the sport's extensive history to help advance the story.
What I enjoyed most is the rich irony in the life stories of the competitors. I don't know if that was intentional, but it definitely made viewing this docu an enjoyable experience, even though I generally think use of animals for entertainment purposes (the contest, not the docu) is cruel. By and large, a good time.
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