The first official trailer for the independent comedy Brigsby Bear has just made its way online. Based on an original screenplay written by Saturday Night Live player Kyle Mooney and Kevin Costello and helmed by SNL segment director Dave McCary, the new independent comedy feature sets out to tell a remarkably irreverent tale of one man’s journey to bring a popular children’s TV series back on the air after it abruptly ends.
Bolstered by an all-star cast of lead actors including Mooney, Claire Danes, Mark Hamill, Greg Kinnear, and Andy Samberg, Brigsby Bear saw its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this past January, where it proved to be an immediate hit with audiences in attendance. Thus far, it’s tracking well with critics on Rotten Tomatoes where it has a 90% approval rating based on twenty reviews overall, and the trailer shows a little bit of what makes the new movie so special.
In the footage featured above, potential viewers can get their first look at everything McCary’s feature length directorial debut will have to offer when the movie reaches general audiences later next month. As James Pope – a young adult male who was kidnapped as a child and weaned on the eponymously fabricated children’s TV show created by his abductors and subsequent foster parents – Mooney looks to be set to offer potential viewers a oddly charming comedy unlike any other set to come out this summer, with an official plot synopsis that reads as follows:
Brigsby Bear Adventures is a children’s TV show produced for an audience of one, James (Kyle Mooney). When the show abruptly ends, James’ life changes forever and he sets out to finish the story himself.
Whether or not Mooney will manage in his task to bring an end to a show that doesn’t exist in the real world is the biggest question that Brigsby Bear will undoubtedly seek to answer. And along the way, perhaps Mooney as James will discover more about himself – and presumably his biological parents – when he finds himself immersed in the real world.
Possessed of a certain whimsy and naïveté, Brigsby Bear is sure to appeal to indie film lovers at the risk of alienating casual viewers with its inherently beguiling narrative premise and overtly effete cinematic aesthetic. Bringing to mind such contemporary classics of its same thematic ilk as Little Miss Sunshine from 2006 and Juno from 2007, McCary and Mooney may very well have a crossover Sundance hit in the making on their hands.
Source: Sony Pictures Classics