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The Animal Project (2013)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 11 September 2013 (Canada)
As a thirty something acting teacher attempts to push a group of eager young performers out of their comfort zones, he struggles with his own ability to live an authentic and fulfilling life with his teenage son.


Ingrid Veninger


Ingrid Veninger


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Tells the story of one day shared between a young boy and girl.

Directors: Simon Reynolds, Ingrid Veninger
Stars: Jacob Switzer, Elena Hudgins Lyle, Ingrid Veninger


Complete credited cast:
Aaron Poole ... Leo
Hannah Cheesman ... Alice
Johnathan Sousa ... Jason
Sarena Parmar ... Mira
Emmanuel Kabongo ... Ray
Jessica Greco ... Pippa
Joey Klein ... Saul
Jacob Switzer Jacob Switzer ... Sam
Dennie Foster Dennie Foster ... Uncle Issac
Joanne Vannicola ... Morag
Noah Davis Noah Davis ... Nathan
Lindsay Owen Pierre ... Matteo
Kate Corbett ... Rosie
PJ Lazic ... Pervert Man


In Toronto, Leo, a single father to seventeen year old Sam, is an actor and theater director, he currently teaching an acting class/heading an acting troupe consisting of six students/friends: Alice, Jason, Mira, Pippa, Ray and Saul. After three months together as group of misfits as he calls them, Leo approaches them with an idea stemming from a dream he had: rather than mount a traditional play, they individually or in small groups would walk around the city wearing animal costumes, akin to animal mascot costumes, to see how they interact with people and in turn how people who have no idea what they are doing react to them. It is a broader representation of a video project Leo conducted with Sam when Sam was eight, Sam dressed in a rabbit costume giving away free hugs, which he could do having been in an animal costume instead of being a human with suspect motives giving away those hugs. Leo gets a somewhat cool if not hostile reaction from the six as a collective, some who just ... Written by Huggo

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11 September 2013 (Canada) See more »

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This Is an Exercise See more »

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Dolby Digital



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1.78 : 1
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Lovely all around
9 June 2014 | by Mazi_KhalighiSee all my reviews

This will so just so so so lovely. I laughed, I cried, sometimes during the same scene. The beauty of the ensemble cast is that most everyone will find someone who they can relate to. All the different "animals" have their own set of unique problems and obstacles that they need to overcome. I was concerned that the scenes in costume would be a drag because you literally can't see any of the actors' faces, but I was completely wrong. The scenes in the mascot costumes were actually some of the funniest and most heartwarming in the film.

I couldn't recommend this film more. It's an hour and a half of your life very very well spent.

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