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    RUNTIME: 99 Minutes


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Gooby is a perfect family film that will have you laughing, smiling and even crying a little

    along the way. I can't recommend this film enough. Being a parent myself, I found Gooby

    to be a touching film with loads of fun and some important lessons learned...Well done”

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    Imagine if you had a six-foot tall monster to help you through the rough

    times when you were a kid!

    Willy (Matthew Knight, The Grudge 2 & 3) is terrified about moving into the family's new house. He's convinced it's filled with evil space aliens out to get him. In response to his longing for someone to save him, Gooby (voiced by

    Robbie Coltrane, Harry Potter’s Hagrid) comes to life as a big, lovable,

    scruffy creature who quite possibly may be more frightened of the world than Willy. The two new pals embark on hair-raising adventures and learn about courage and the power of friendship. In the end, Gooby fulfills Willy's wish by bringing Willy and his dad (David James Elliott, “JAG”) together in a

    heart-warming and exciting climax.


    Eleven year old Willy's childhood toy, Gooby, comes to life as a real, live, six-foot tall monster who helps Willy through rough times, with hair-raising

    and hilarious adventures.

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ROBBIE COLTRANE as the voice of Gooby

     Robbie Coltrane lends his booming voice to the title character Gooby.

    Coltrane is one of the UK‟s most beloved comedians with an impressive career spanning nearly two decades. He began acting at the age of 12, performing on stage at Glenalmond College, in his hometown of Glasgow, Scotland. Coltrane has starred and appeared in some of the favourite film franchises of pop culture, including his infamous portrayal as Rubeus Hagrid, the teacher and mentor in the popular Harry Potter movie series. Other major roles include Ocean’s Twelve, From

    Hell, James Bond: GoldenEye and James Bond: The World is Not Enough.


    Coming from a very theatrical family, young Matthew Knight‟s interest in

    acting was piqued while visiting his older brother Jack on the set of Street Time.

    Matthew‟s first role came early when he worked with Casper Van Dien and Graham Greene on the TV movie Big Spender. This led to other television opportunities including parts on Queer as Folk and the new Kojak with Ving Rhames. In 2006,

    he played in the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie Candles on Bay Street as the son of

    actress Alicia Silverstone. This role garnered him a 2007 Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special Leading Young Actor.

    Matthew has also appeared in several other TV specials such as For Love of the

    Child, Intimate Strangers, All the Good Ones Are Married and The Good Witch.

    Knight‟s first feature film break was playing the young American golf legend

    Francis Ouimet in the Disney movie The Greatest Game Ever Played. Since making

    this film, Matthew has gone on to several other big screen appearances in such films as Skinwalkers, The Grudge 2 and a lead role in Christmas in Wonderland

    alongside Patrick Swayze.

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    David James Elliott was in high school when he read Shakespeare‟s King

    Lear. This reading was what introduced Elliott to acting and led him to pursue a degree at Ryerson Polytechnic Institute in Toronto. Soon after, he studied with the Young Company at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival where he won the Jean Chalmers Award for Most Promising Actor. After Stratford, he then spent the next four years starring in the CBC series Street Legal. Elliott has since made many

    television appearances, including Seinfeld, Melrose Place, Knots Landing and

    Medium. Best known for his lead role in the CBS show JAG, he also directed three

    episodes of that hit television series. Most recently, Elliott appeared in the CBS crime thriller Close to Home, starring as Assistant District Attorney James Conlon, and in the touching movie of the week, The Man Who Lost Himself.

EUGENE LEVY as Mr. Nerdlinger

    Eugene Levy has established himself as one of the most reliable comedic character actors in the world of film and television. Levy launched his career on the hit television series SCTV, starring alongside fellow Second City alumni

    Catherine O‟Hara, Martin Short, Andrea Martin and John Candy. In his impressive

    career, Levy has created some of pop-culture‟s most memorable characters

    including Jim‟s Dad in the American Pie series, and has lent his voice to characters in Over The Hedge and Curious George. He has co-written with Christopher Guest

    and co-starred in Waiting For Guffman, Best In Show, A Mighty Wind, and For Your

    Consideration, and has also co-starred in the box office hits Bringin’ Down The

    House and Cheaper By The Dozen 2.


     Born in London, Ontario to a large family that includes her twin sister, Ingrid Kavelaars moved to New York City at the age of 18 to attend The American Music and Dramatic Academy. She then began her acting career in theatre in New York and Toronto. Ingrid ha starred in the television series‟, Code Name Eternity,

    Jeremiah, Stargate SG-1, Outer Limits, and ReGenesis for which she won a Gemini

    award. Ingrid has also worked in several feature films including Intern Academy,

    Dreamcatcher and Harm's Way. She also garnered a Leo nomination for her role in The Bed. Currently, Ingrid can be seen on the original drama series Whistler as

    Jen McKay.

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Wilson Coneybeare, Director/Writer/Producer

    Wilson Coneybeare started his professional television career in his late teens, writing situation comedies. He then worked in the Canadian theater community as a playwright, a number of his plays performed on the CBC. By his late 20's, he was a very active director-writer-producer who had worked with Disney, Buena Vista, Discovery Kids, PBS, ABC, CBC, TVO, BBC, YTV, and many other entertainment and media corporations around the world. In 2000, Coneybeare transitioned into films and worked with Norstar Filmed Entertainment putting together smaller theatrical feature films.

    In 2004, Wilson launched Coneybeare Stories Inc., specializing in family entertainment for an international market. Coneybeare is hands-on in all projects, from initial conception to writing to financing to distribution.

    Since 2004, Coneybeare Stories has produced 40 episodes of the half-hour adventure series for young people, Timeblazers, as well as 52 episodes of the

    comedy take-off on B movies, Monster Warriors. Gooby is their first theatrical

    feature film. Two new series are in the works, as well as a second film.

    Wilson spends much of his time between Toronto, Ontario, and Barrie, Ontario where he has established a production base.

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MICHAEL STOREY, Director of Photography

    With a career spanning over 20 years in both film and television, Director of Photography Michael Storey has won several awards for his creative talents including two Gemini Awards. Recently, Michael was the DOP on the popular television series Regenesis, along with Paradise Falls and La Femme Nikita. His

    film credits include Tribulation Force, Summer of Monkeys and Black Light, which

    he also directed.


    Ellen‟s first feature was Once Upon A Christmas for Viacom. Its sequel, Twice

    Upon A Christmas, also edited by Ellen, was selected to premiere at the White House. During the making of this film, HRH Prince Edward of Wessex joined Ellen in the editing suite, in his role as the Executive Producer. With the film Killer Rats,

    starring Ron Perlman, Ellen broke through the glass ceiling into the traditionally male- dominated area of horror. The critically acclaimed Mansquito was praised by

    Entertainment Weekly Magazine as being, “….truly awe-inspiring.” This lead to

    further original Sci-Fi Channel films including, The Black Hole, Deadly Water and

    MegaSnake. In her down time between feature films, Ellen has had the opportunity to work with several up and coming directors on their short films and independent experimental features, including, Da Kink In My Hair and The End of


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CHRIS BRIDGES, Gooby Suit Builder & Prosthetics

    Gaslight Studio

    Chris began his impressive special effects career in Calgary, Alberta, where he established a reputation as a leading special effects and prop builder. Working on projects such as Honey I Shrunk the Kids (TV series), Shanghai Noon, Mimic

    and F/X (TV series) allowed him to develop his craft, and eventually to teach. Specializing in Animatronics and Puppet construction, Chris also has extensive experience in prosthetics, make up and props. After moving to Toronto, he began working on big budget films and lent his talents to the likes of Jason X, Cinderella

    Man, Dawn of the Dead and 300. On top of his many television and film credits, Chris designs and builds the trophy awards for the MTV Video Music Awards

    Latin American.

KYLE GLENCROSS, Gooby Suit Builder & Prosthetics

    Gaslight Studio

    Special effects have always been a passion of Kyle Glencross, stemming from his teenage job working at a wax museum in Niagara Falls, Ontario. His career began in Toronto with special effects make-up, developing his skills at local theatres and teaching courses on technique. His first feature film was Bride of

    Chucky, which led to other opportunities on Earth: Final Conflict, Dawn of the

    Dead and 300. In 2006, he and business partner Chris Bridges formed Gaslight Studio, the company responsible for production and prosthetics for the large and fuzzy suit of the character Gooby.

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Production Notes: Creating the Gooby Suit

    Kyle Glencross and Chris Bridges of the Toronto-based special effects company Gaslight Studio, gab about Gooby, sharing their secrets behind bringing the loveable, six-foot tall, scraggly, orange stuffed-toy monster to life both on screen and off.


So Kyle and Chris, you’re with the Toronto-based company Gaslight Studio. What

    exactly does Gaslight do?

    We‟re a special effects company that creates a number of things for the film and television industry, including animatronic heads, prosthetics, makeup effects, costumes and in this particular case, a giant, stuffed toy monster costume.

    The monster costume, of course, being Gooby. It’s an extremely detailed costume, how long did it take to build?

Gooby was actually built over a five-week period.

How did the whole process of building Gooby begin?

    The process began when we received three drawings from Wilson Coneybeare. From there, we pushed it ahead, and were given creative freedom so we had room to play around. We made some physical as well as directional changes according to the body type of the Gooby performer, who was in the costume.

Explain more about the construction of the costume.

    The construction started with a life cast of the Gooby performer made of fiberglass. We actually built two identical suits, so we had to create two fiberglass forms, which was a very time consuming process. On top of the fiberglass body form, we had carved different types of foam to create the belly, arms and legs. After we had completed that, we covered the carved foam in a spandex to make it almost like a fat-suit. We then dyed the fur, which is actually wool. After that was done, our in-house costumer stitched the fur on top of the suit.

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It must get really hot in that costume.

    The suit is basically made up of three parts, one of which is a cooling suit, but we definitely had to take temperature into consideration. When we were envisioning the costume we thought the performer would be in the suit for up to 10 hours a day. It turned out he was only in the suit for two hours at a time. So the cooling part wasn‟t really a problem. The next part of the costume is the muscle suit,

    which gives the bulk, and finally the fur suit for the actual esthetic of Gooby. The costume also comes entirely apart, for cleaning process.

What’s the process of getting the Gooby performer into the suit? How long does

    that take?

    Everyday we have a new prosthetic, which is the main facial piece that we glue on to his face. It‟s a huge and complicated process to prepare this, because it‟s not just a mask. We actually have to glue fur on to his animatronics and his fiberglass helmet each day, making sure it looks identical every time.

So, how does the fiberglass helmet and animatronics work?

    We constructed a fiberglass helmet to put on his headcast and then do the mechanics to make his face move. So the ears, the brows and eyelids are attached to the fiberglass helmet and all move with the use of remote control, which we use to puppeteer those features from behind the camera. The performer himself can‟t actually feel the eyebrows, etc. moving, but he can hear the motors of the helmet working.

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