MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Brigsby Bear’ bizarrely entertaining

Hide caption The tale is told with a disarming gentleness and eerie goodwill, which only adds the creepiness they expose lurking in the consumer-friendly mind control that is children’s TV. Mix broad elements of “Room,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and “The Truman Show” and you’ll have something strange, something intriguing – something “Brigsby Bear.” That’s the title of the darkly shaded satire concocted by the creative minds of “Saturday Night Live” staffers Kyle Mooney and Dave McCary. With Mooney cast as the star and McCary serving as his director, the duo – along with Mooney’s co- Kevin Costello – use comedy and vivid imaginations to skewer a disturbing reality about a generation of latchkey kids raised not by parents, but by television. AKA, the one-eyed monster. That their tale is told with a disarming gentleness and eerie goodwill, only adds to the creepiness they expose lurking in the consumer-friendly mind control that is children’s TV. The conduit is a giant, overstuffed bear named Brigsby, who looks a refugee from a summer camp for college mascots. H.R. Pufnstuf and his , Brigsby is a life-size puppet to keep the Witchiepoos of the make-believe world at bay. […]

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