The Landrums was originally released in theaters on October 15, 1999 and received universal acclaim. It went on to earn over $203.3 million worldwide on a budget of $24 million. It was later released on DVD and VHS on September 11, 2000.
Eric (John Turturro) and Buddy Landrum (David Spade) are two losers who have put little effort into their work towards the amount of money they need to support their run-down brick house. One morning, they pick up a small handful of money that spilled out of a passing truck, and, because they are famished, decide to spend most of it on breakfast at the Burger Busters fast food restaurant.
Development for the film began in 1995 as a collaboration between animator Damen Walker, The Hudsucker Proxy directors Joel and Ethan Coen, and Shawn Levy in his directorial debut. A distribution deal was made with Paramount Pictures, with plans to release the film in the fall of 1998. However, in April 1997, the release date of the film was pushed a year forth; Walker stated, "We suddenly remembered 2000 is coming close, and figured we could consider moving our new project to some later time to serve our style of animation as a "millennium surprise". If this project should come out as a success, then we can proceed in our plans to enter the millennium with other ones in development."
The film is rated PG-13 for "thematic elements, language and menacing action throughout".
The film's original score was composed by Steve Bartek, with frequent uses of psychedelic and progressive rock recordings on the soundtrack. The album was released on October 12, 1999 through Virgin Records.
The film was released on October 15, 1999 and grossed $40,653,848, becoming number one for the weekend of October 15-17, 1999. By the end of its theatrical run, it earned a total $203,311,986 worldwide.
Critical reviews were incredibly positive, with an approval rating of 87% "Fresh" collected from 121 reviews on review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes. The consensus is: "Damen Walker attains the goal in stirring traditionally animated simplicity with an exceedingly funny -- and occasionally sorrowful -- tale told from the heart of Emilio Estevez's character."
The Landrums was released on VHS on June 6, 2000 and on DVD on September 11, 2000. On December 9, 2003, the film was re-released as a "2-Disc Special Edition".
On August 25, 2009, the film was re-released again as a 10th anniversary edition Blu-ray/DVD combo.
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