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Luke Wilson • Logan Leman • Brie Larson • Cody Linley
DIRECTOR: Wil Shriner

Mr Ryan (Jimmy Buffett) and the kids THE CONCEPT:
Based on the popular children’s novel by Carl Hiassen. Middle-schooler Roy Eberhardt (Leman), along with his friends Beatrice (Larson) and Mullet Fingers (Lindley) becomes involved in trying to save the local population of endangered owls, whose burrows happen to be right on a construction site where a new pancake restaurant is planned.

U.S. RELEASE: May 5 2006, Nationwide • Rated: PG


LUKE WILSON (Officer Delinko):
“This wasn’t my first family film; I’d done My Dog Skip. That was in the same vein. I [remember] I had this thing when I saw a movie as a kid, I never sat there and went, ‘Oh there’s that actor.’ You just watched it with an open mind. I got a nice reaction on My Dog Skip, it was nice to do a movie with no swearing and no sex scenes; one that everyone can see. This seems like an old time movie.”

“I think the main message of this movie is that you can be any age and make a difference. That’s what it really teaches you.”

BRIE LARSON on the lack of technical gadgets in the movie:
“Cell phones and the internet weren’t needed at all. That’s not the message that we’re trying to get across. It would dumb it down actually.”

“Not every kid in America has a cell phone and text messaging. This is really a timeless film. That’s why it was so great to be part of it. It’s an intelligent film. It doesn’t just entertain you.”

“I got a call one day saying that Jimmy Buffett was producing a movie from a Carl Hiaasen book, and right there it sounded interesting to me. They were both people that I was a fan of. So I went out and got the book that day and read it and really liked it a lot and then I got the script. I agreed to do it before I even read the script just based on the book.”

LERMAN on Jimmy Buffett who also wrote songs for the movie and appears in it:
“I knew who Jimmy Buffett was. I just wasn’t familiar with his music. Once I got the role and read the script, I got his CD and listened to Margaritaville and thought it was great.”

“I didn’t know too much about his music either and then I told my dad, ‘Hey, I’m doing a movie with Jimmy Buffett,’ and he’s like, ‘Are you serious?’”

“It’s nice that we don’t think of him as some iconic figure. He’s like our friend.”

“I’m very interested in the environment. I’m friends with that tennis player, Pete Sampras, and he claims that I’m a tree-hugger. But I didn’t know about these owls, I didn’t even know if they were real. I had to ask one of the artists, ‘Are these actually real? Are there owls that really live on the ground?’ Yep, there are. I thought Carl Hiassen had made it up. I thought owls only lived in trees.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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