The show "Brigsby Bear Adventures" is a children's television program produced for an audience of one: James Pope
Dave McCary and Kyle Mooney, two creative minds from TV’s Saturday Night Live, with co-writer Kevin Costello have come up with this heartfelt, endearing and entertaining movie which examines fandom and the creative juices fandom often fuels.
In addition to writing, Mooney also stars as the main character of this highly imaginative and slightly bizarre movie that puts a wonderfully positive spin on the story’s extraordinary premise.
Mooney plays James Pope, a young man living in a bizarre and somewhat disturbing situation. As a child, James was kidnapped by Ted (Mark Hamill) and April Mitchum (Jane Adams). Under the Mitchums’ care, James gets raised underground and is misled by his new parents that the outside world isn’t safe for human life.
His education and entertainment are provided by a fake television show which is actually produced by Ted and April. James spends most of his life watching the show called Brigsby Bear, which teaches James multiple life lessons as he matures into adulthood. Even as a young adult, James remains a Brigsby Bear superfan.
However, when police finally catch up with the Mitchums and return James to his real parents, the revelation proves to be overwhelming for the disoriented young man.As he gets to know his real family and their friends, James begins describing his favourite television show and gains the interest of others. This inspires James to produce his own version and bring it to the masses in the real world.
"One of the most original yet accessible comedies to play either festivals or multiplexes in recent years, this overdue breakout moment for the fresh and incredibly talented Kyle Mooney is a hilarious take on the common theme of arrested development, gorgeously expanded to a story about the freedom of creativity... Mooney gives one of the most dynamic lead comedic performances in years, a fully realised idea of a character new to social constructs and how the world works."
- Nick Allen, Roger Ebert.com
"Mooney, Costello and McCary have succeeded in making Brigsby Bear an absolute triumph... Adorable and unconventional movie... Destined to be a cult classic..."
- Mark Saldana, Sure View Reviews