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poster This comedy stars Rob Schneider (Saturday Night Live and Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo), Colleen Haskell (Survivor), Ed Asner (The Bachelor), and John C. McGinley. It is about a bumbling rookie police officer who starts behaving like the animals whose organs had been transplanted in his body.

Filming Locations —

Calistoga, Napa County: Lincoln Avenue. Pioneer Park.

Sonoma, Sonoma County: The crew filmed for five days, beginning on 30 October 2000, at the Sonoma town plaza on Napa Street at Broadway.

Filming Locations —

Agoura Hills, Los Angeles County: Chumash Park

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The opening shot of the movie is looking southwest on Lincoln Avenue, the main street in Calistoga, CA.
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The robbery at Mr. Tam's Restaurant, filmed in front of 1365 Lincoln Avenue, between Washington and Cedar Streets, Calistoga, was deleted from the final cut of the movie.
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The Elkerton Police Station was filmed at Sonoma City Hall, 2 East Napa Street at Broadway, Sonoma, CA.
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These are more deleted scenes (which is why the quality of the pictures is not as good) which show various shots filmed at the Sonoma Plaza. The background of the last picture is across from the old Mission San Francisco Solano on E. Spain Street.
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Another deleted scene, this view of an Arts & Crafts Fair is looking south on East First Street between East Spain Street and East Napa Street, Sonoma. Hundreds of local extras, many who were required to have long hair, were hired for this scene.
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Also deleted, Rob Schneider's character jumps like a cheetah over traffic on E. Napa Street at the intersection of E. First Street.
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Though also filmed in Sonoma, I'm not sure yet which back alley was used for this deleted scene.
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The infamous mailbox-humping scene, which appeared in most of the movie's trailers and promotional pieces, was filmed in front of 453 West First Street, Sonoma. The last shot is looking south on West First Street towards West Napa Street.
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Sonoma Veterans Memorial Hall, 126 West First Street, north of West Spain Street, Sonoma.
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This was shot on 4 November 2000 (the same day as the robbery scene) at Pioneer Park, Cedar Street at Elm Street, Calistoga.
The previous park and frisbee scene, though, was a Southern California location, filmed at Chumash Park in Agoura Hills.

The Animal (2001)
CAST: Rob Schneider, Colleen Haskell, John C. McGinley, Edward Asner, Michael Caton, Louis Lombardi, Guy Torry, Bob Rubin, Pilar Schneider, Scott Wilson, Raymond Ma, Michael Papajohn, Adam Sandler, Norm Macdonald, Cloris Leachman....
WRITER: Tom Brady, Rob Schneider
PRODUCER: Barry Bernardi, Tom Brady, Carr D'Angelo, Derek Dauchy, Todd Garner, Jack Giarraputo, Nathan Talbert Reimann, Adam Sandler, John Schneider, Rob Schneider
DIRECTOR: Luke Greenfield
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Peter Lyons Collister
EDITOR: Jeff Gourson, Peck Prior
LOCATIONS DEPARTMENT: Molly Allen, France Myung Metz, Rob Frank, Carrie L.A., Kei Rowan-Young, Dee Dee Smith, Karen Jine


Official Website: The Animal
"Animal" casting announcement [JPG file, 73K].
"Council Puts Film on Hold" Sonoma Index Tribune, 5 October 2000.
"Movie Hearing Tomorrow" Sonoma Index Tribune, 10 October 2000.
"Council to Movie Crew: Roll 'Em" Sonoma Index Tribune, 12 October 2000.
"Hollywood Returns to County in Force" Press Democrat, 13 October 2000.
"'Animal' Filming Begins Monday" Sonoma Index Tribune, 26 October 2000.
"Sonoma Goes 'Hollywood'" Sonoma Index Tribune, 30 October 2000.
"Truck Damages Camera Crane" Sonoma Index Tribune, 31 October 2000.
"Exclusive On-Set Pictures: The Animal" Dark Horizons, 1 November 2000.
"All the Plaza's a Stage" Press Democrat, 2 November 2000.
"Truck Topples Camera Boom" (and other photos) Sonoma Index Tribune, 3 November 2000.
"... Unleashed in Sonoma" San Francisco Chronicle, 10 November 2000.

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