It might have started as foolish bar talk, but Hundreds of Beavers is proof that you can make a totally wacky adventure movie even when you don't have the money for it. Some savings, a couple of friends in beaver costumes when it's freezing -20 °C, and boundless creativity will get you a long way. Although the title suggests a nature documentary, Mike Cheslik and Ryland Brickson Cole Tews' passion project is at once a quirky spoof on the au sérieux survival genre, a critique of American colonialism and a zany ode to slapstick cartoons like Looney Toones and Popeye. Radiant with DIY energy and packed with hilarious gags, this black-and-white curio follows a 19th-century applejack salesman who must start over from scratch in a snow-covered landscape. To go from zero to hero, he must, with the help of a mentor Santa and a local merchant, battle a vengeful beaver community gearing up for world domination.
Ryland Brickson Cole Tews, Olivia Graves, Wes Tank
Mike Cheslik, Ryland Brickson Cole Tews
Kurt Ravenwood, Matt Sabijak, Ryland Brickson Cole Tews
United States of America