Published Apr 29, 2010In the opening scene of Furry Vengeance, The Daily Show's Rob Riggle drives down a country highway in a hybrid, talking about destroying various ecosystems and habitats while smoking a cigar. After improperly disposing of said cigar and almost starting a forest fire, various forest animals, such as a hawk, a mouse and a raccoon, push a boulder down a hill into his vehicle, effectively knocking him off a cliff where he plummets to his death.
These animals thankfully don't talk, but they do smile and murmur at each other with facial animations much like the demonic woodland creatures in South Park or the fox in Antichrist. This is where the curiosities and intrigue end, however, since this bizarre, family-oriented environmental comedy is monumentally bad, in a Baby Geniuses 2 kind of way.
Following a plot similar to Studio Ghibli's Pom Poko, sans animated raccoon scrotums, things start out with Dan Sanders (Brendan Fraser) moving his wife (Brooke Shields) and son (Matt Prokop) from the city to the Oregon wilderness where he is in charge of a housing development. As the title suggests, the local wildlife is none too impressed with his presence, making this known by sabotaging his sprinkler system and hiding acorns in his cereal.
As is the case with all films of this ilk, these initial jabs escalate to a point where Brendan Fraser is repeatedly covered in poop and skunk spray, running around in public in various stages of undress, which is, of course, played as comedy now that he's settled into his Jim Belushi body type.
Perhaps limiting these battles to washroom antics, with an entire crowd of people being pelted with bird excrement during a town festival, and repeated close-ups of a skunk's butt-hole as it sprays in Fraser's face (done with the added bonus of diarrhoea sound effects), will endear the film to a youth audience amused by the impropriety of it all. But since the tone of the film flip-flops between evil irreverence and cornball family fun, it's difficult to really tell whom that audience is supposed to be.
Who knows, maybe the intention was to make a Dadaist version of Ferngully, simultaneously degrading and humiliating Brendan Fraser in any way humanly possible. (E1)