Monster Safari (lost production material of cancelled stop-motion animated film; 2009)

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Screenshot from the "Shorts in a Bunch" version of the film.

Status: Lost

Monster Safari was a cancelled stop-motion film directed by Mark Caballero and Seamus Walsh and produced by Chris Finnegan of Screen Novelties for the Jim Henson Company. It was being scripted by the founders of, Matt Chapman and Craig Zobel, right before the website went on hiatus in 2009. The film was originally developed as a short for a block of shorts called Shorts in a Bunch, but was expanded into a feature-length project. The plot focused on two bumbling crypto-zoologists who work to save Earth's newly-found monsters from a big game hunter.[1]

Despite being announced in 2009 and the short existing on Screen Novelties' website,[2] not much had been heard about the movie for years. Matt Chapman even said on his now-removed Twitter that he fully wrote it with Craig Zobel a while back and currently has no idea what's going on with it now. When asked where the film was in Sep 2013, Craig Zobel said "I dunno but if screen novelties ever do it, it'll be freakin awesome".[3] To further complicate things, Peter Dennis, the voice of Basil Pennyfarthing in the original short, passed away during the process in April 2009.

On March 8, 2015, the original short surfaced, after finding it's way online in November 2014. The script and whatever else was produced for the feature-length adaptation remains lost.


Clip of the original short film.

Episode of Shorts in a Bunch, containing the original short film.