Brigsby Bear is a comedic ode to nostalgia, friendship and acceptance. When James (Kyle Mooney, Saturday Night Live) discovers he was raised by kidnappers and is returned to his biological family, he strives to take control of his life again. Harnessing the only thing he knows, a Brigsby Bear television show which his kidnappers created just for him, he decides to write and shoot the final chapter in his beloved bear’s story.
Rather than turn James into a joke, everyone around him embraces the project and takes it on as their own. In the process, each of them discover elements that had been missing from their own lives, like the police detective (Greg Kinnear) who always wanted to act.
Brigsby Bear also stars Mark Hamill, Claire Danes, Matt Walsh, Andy Samberg, and Michaela Watkins. It was co-written by Kevin Costello and directed by Dave McCary, Mooney’s childhood friends.
Brigsby Bear and the friends behind it had some bumps–or learning experiences–as they worked to complete their first feature film together. For more about Brigsby Bear, including an interview with Mooney and McCary about the movie and their process, take a look below: