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The Animal

"The animal"... showcasing a bizarre experiment.

MARVIN MANGE (Rob Schneider), a police evidence file clerk, dreams of becoming a full-fledged cop like his father _ all he has to do is pass the physical endurance test.

One night, when Marvin is left alone, he is tipped off about a robbery in progress. With no one to assist, he rushes to the scene. The baddies manage to escape and Marvin encounters a near-fatal car crash. But he has little idea that he will become the guinea pig for a bizarre experiment when he is rescued from the wreckage by Dr. Wilder (Michael Caton). Having cracked the genetic code, the doctor repairs Marvin's body with a strange fusion of animal organs _ those from a performing sea lion and a talented dog, to name two.

But Marvin returns to work and is not aware of Wilder's procedure. He even credits a new health drink with his keen sense of smell and muscle power. On the outside, though Marvin looks normal, he never knows which beastly behaviour would emerge.

Marvin turns a hero after he sniffs out a drug smuggler at the airport. He is made a full-fledged officer by the ever trusting chief Wilson (Edward Asner) instantly. But his suspicious boss, Sgt. Doug Sisk (John C. McGinley) keeps a watchful eye on him.

Life gets even more complicated when he meets and falls for Rianna (Colleen Haskell, who is making her feature film debut), a former tree hugger, who now works as a volunteer at a local animal shelter. When Marvin's mountain lion vibes kick in, all hell breaks loose at the shelter and at the local butcher shop. His world gets more unpredictable by the minute as the animals within him take over.

``The Animal'', a Happy Madison production and a Columbia Pictures release, also stars Guy Torry, Louis Lombardi and Edward Asner. Screenplay is by Tom Brady and Rob Schneider, story by Tom Brady.

Luke Greenfield directs the play for executive producers Adam Sandler and Jack Giarraputo. Barry Bernardi, Carr D'Angelo and Todd Garner serve as producers, and Tom Brady and John Schneider are co-producers.

Music is by Teddy Castellucci and Peter Lyons Collister is the director of photography.


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