now has a steady flow of children’s films coming out after Bedtime Stories was a moderate success. They are not as raunchy as the days of Billy Madison or Happy Gilmore, but the cast of characters have stayed pretty much the same. There are some surprises in this film, however, especially in some of the voice casting of the animals. The animals is also a sore subject for this film, as there were many objections to the treatment of the zoo animals used during filming, and there were even reports of one which died during production. Madison
The stress of filming on animals is questionable, but it is almost difficult to believe there are many actual animals in the movie. Many of the creatures begin to look like they may as well be CGI once the computer generated talking mouths are inserted on them. And it seems like many of the eyes have also been given more expression, giving real animals a phony feel. All of these animals can talk, and they make this secret known to their favorite zookeeper, Griffin Keyes (Kevin James).