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EIGHT CRAZY NIGHTS

About The Production
At last, a holiday movie for the hell-raiser in all of us.

"Eight Crazy Nights is an Adam Sandler movie that just happens to be animated," asserts Stephan Franck, the supervisor of character animation and clean-up supervisor on Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights."

The idea for the film came from an extended skit featuring the characters of Whitey and Davey on Sandler's comedy album "Stan and Judy's Kid," according to Brooks Arthur, the film's co-producer, co-writer and music supervisor.

Sandler, who had dabbled in flash animation previously, decided that Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights should be a fully-animated feature that would have the feel of a live-action movie, "but without any of the limitations of live-action," according to Franck.

Another reason for taking the animation route, according to Sandler, "is that I watch myself in live-action movies getting progressively older and uglier. So animation allowed me to use the youthful Sandler and the body I had when I was a 19-year-old and built like a stallion."

After coming up with an outline, Sandler teamed up with writers Allen Covert, Brad Isaacs and Brooks Arthur. The story was meticulously constructed to be a true holiday movie. "If you notice, most holiday movies rarely even talk about Christmas," says Covert, who is also one of the film's producers. "We wanted to make a movie about the actual basis for Christmas, and Hanukah as well. We wanted it to have that feeling."

And comedy.

"Adam is a master of jokes," says executive producer Ken Tsumura. "This is no sugar-coated animated film, though it definitely has heart."

As in all of Sandler's comedies, the humor ranges from the subtle to the extremely broad – and everything in between. "It's classic animation but with our kind of humor that wouldn't normally be in that kind of movie," says Sandler. This way kids will laugh and, even if you're in college, you can have a good time watching it too."

Of the several characters Sandler voices in the movie, Davey Stone is the most realistic. "Davey's the kind of guy who, when he shows up, you kind of wish he hadn't shown up," according to Sandler. "He's just a little loud and a little too rowdy. But you knew him once as a sweet kid and a good member of the community and you hope he sees the light again."

The characters of Whitey and Eleanor, are much broader, but also done with affection. Whitey is an extension of the character on Sandler's album. "Whitey's like some of the guys in the town where I grew up, Manchester, New Hampshire," says Sandler. "They refereed the church league basketball games I played in. They thought they were really good and under-appreciated."

As for Whitey's twin sister, Eleanor, he adds, "her voice is like that of my Aunt Sarah, only she was not as drastic and annoying as Eleanor. She was much sweeter. Anyway, Eleanor hasn't left the house since she was young because some kids in the neighborhood stole her wig, I guess as a prank. She was shell-shocked and she's still nervous that it's going to happe

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