HUNDREDS OF BEAVERS – Review by Diane Carson

To the group of the zaniest comedies, welcome director Mike Cheslik’s Hundreds of Beavers. This black-and-white film, enlivened by a raucous soundtrack, combines animation, live action, puppetry, and numerous visual effects, all in the service of fur trapper Jean Kayak, as he repeatedly attempts to trap beavers in snowbound wilds to win approval of his true love’s merchant father. In his quest, unhinged, uninhibited, undaunted Kayak will fight beavers, dogs, rabbits, wolves, woodpeckers, fish, racoons, other trappers, and the frigid elements—most of the animals resembling wacky mascots. Throughout his Sisyphean struggles, Kayak consistently relies on his ingenuity, even though almost every strategic scheme goes awry. But this summary barely begins to describe the bizarre, outlandish imagination on display for almost two hours with over fifteen hundred effect shots.

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HUNDREDS OF BEAVERS (Fantasia Fest 2023) – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

In Hundreds of Beavers, filmmakers Mike Cheslik and Ryland Brickson Cole Tews irreversibly lift the bar for contemporary spittoon-centric early cinema homages. Hundreds of Beavers literally has to be seen to be believed. They make films that are unashamedly in love with the experience of being in love with the movies, and it’s contagious. Hundreds of Beavers starts strange, gets stranger, and yet remains resolutely adorable.

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