Released in May of 2012, Rise of the Animals very quickly gained a sizable fan base and near cult following. The movie's success is easily attributed to the over-the-top cheesy effects including CGI squirrels, stuffed animals, vicious deer hand puppets and more.
Rise of the Animals was produced in 2011 as a school project, helmed by writer/director Chris Wojcik with a reported budget of $7,000. In spite of such an incredibly low budget, the cast and crew managed to turn out something that took on a life of its own and has fans declaring things like "Hollywood needs to take a lesson from you in how to make a fun movie!!"
Also in spite of its low budget (and the industry in general) Rise of the Animals has been one of our most successful films, garnering a big DVD and VOD release in North America, a Japanese DVD release, scores of reviews and praise, and even an awesome fan-made T-shirt by Rotten Cotton. Of course the movie has its haters too, but they just don't get it.
So grab some friends (a must), get a little messed up and enjoy RISE OF THE ANIMALS. And don't forget: Bambi wants her f*#king salad!
Animals across the world have risen up and turned on humanity. A determined pizza delivery driver sets out on a perilous cross-country road trip to reunite with the woman he almost lost his virginity to. Accompanied by his friends, they make their way battling hordes of blood-thirsty animals!
Written & Directed by: Chris Wojcik
Produced by: Jeremiah Franco and Chris Wojcik
Starring: Greg Hoople, Steph Motta, Adam Schonberg
Original music by: Federal! State! Local! [Original soundtrack available at riseoftheanimals.bandcamp.com]
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