The flagship film of Jim Henson Pictures, this drama is based on the true story of a New York socialite who raised a gorilla as if he were one of her own children. The household of Gertrude "Trudy" Davies Lintz (Rene Russo)… More The flagship film of Jim Henson Pictures, this drama is based on the true story of a New York socialite who raised a gorilla as if he were one of her own children. The household of Gertrude "Trudy" Davies Lintz (Rene Russo) contained a veritable menagerie of critters including flocks of geese, horses, dogs and four chimpanzees that she would dress-up and treat as her own children. Though aware that his wife's love of animals goes beyond the realm of mere eccentricity, her husband Dr. Lintz (Robbie Coltrane) tolerates her quirkiness as do the household's remarkably patient servants. Buddy the gorilla comes to Trudy as a sickly infant from a zoo. Though diagnosed with double pneumonia, Trudy patiently cures him and raises him as one of her children. But unlike the chimps whose weight peaks at roughly 150 pounds, Buddy grows to be several hundred pounds. As a youth, Buddy docilely submits to Trudy's whims (wearing specially designed clothes and serving as a butler during social occasions), but as he ages, becomes increasingly unable to suppress his true nature as a domineering and potentially dangerous creature. Trudy finally realizes this when she ignores good advice and accepts an invitation to bring her brood to the 1933 World's Fair in Chicago. There the noise, confusion and the pounding of drums awakens Buddy's animalistic instinct and he goes on a rampage that leaves Trudy with no choice but to accept the fact that she may have bitten off more than she can chew. Bucking the trend in mid '90s movies to use computer-generated graphics rather than live animals, animatronics, or actors in suits, Henson Pictures created an elaborate puppet and costume to create; Buddy, who is played by a number of different actors. Though the film is marketed as a children's vehicle, this is not as sweet-natured a film as say Babe or Beethoven and some of the latter scenes may prove upsetting to small children.