Robert Vince knows a thing or to about making movies about adorable dogs doing extraordinary things. Starting with, “Air Bud,” the movie about the basketball playing Golden Retriever, Vince has gone on to create a whole library of dog-centric, family films. His latest, Russell Madness, out today via Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and Air Bud Entertainment, is about a Jack Russell Terrier who becomes a wrestling superstar.
For Vince, the most important elements to his movies are a strong theme and the funny factor. “The need for kids and animals to be part of a real family is so important,” said Vince, Russell Madness, not only highlights the importance of family, but also, especially for animals, the importance of adoption and the need to find homes for the many, many animals out there desperate for that forever home.
The comedy elements in, Russell Madness, are plentiful too, and kids are sure to get a kick out of seeing, real life wrestling star, John Hennigan, as “The Hammer,” take on the pint sized Russell in the wrestling ring. Vince said, “A large man and a small dog wrestling is pure comedy.” It was no small feat to make these scenes happen either according to Vince, “it’s tricky to pull that off in a comical way, that still allowed the audience to suspend belief. “ The end results are sure to entertain the young and young at heart.
Of course, one can’t help but wonder why Vince, has made a career for himself out of talking animal films but Vince put it simply, “It’s really about making family movies., and pets are the most important family member, at least in my family.” He went on to say, “The connection between man and man’s best friend is undeniable. They are always happy to see you and you them. It’s a powerful connection.” Vince, is currently a pet parent to one of the dogs that he worked with on one of his recent “Buddies” movies. He took the little puppy home after falling in love with it while filming.
Russell Madness, stars John Ratzenberger Fred Willard, David Milchard, Mason Vale Cotton, McKenna Grace and John Hennigan along with the voices of talking animal stars Will Sasso and Sean Giambrone. Russell Madness is directed by ‘Air Bud’ and ‘Buddies’ veterans Robert Vince and is written and produced by Robert Vince and Anna McRoberts. The film is available on DVD, Blue-Ray and HD Digital Download.
For More Information