Downsizing

A man decides to follow a new fad where he shrinks himself so he can enjoy more benefits in life.         

  • Starring: Matt Damon
  • Director(s): Alexander Payne
  • Producer(s): Alexander Payne, Jim Burke, Megan Ellison, Mark Johnson    
  • Screenwriter(s): Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor
  • Distributor: Paramount Studios
  • Animal Coordinator: Rick Parker, Brian Roworth
  • Release Date: Wednesday, December 27, 2017
  • Rating: Outstanding

Featured Animal Action

In the scene where the actor places a mouse inside of a glass jar, prior to filming, rat wranglers used a wagon to wheel the cages of rats to the set, then placed nearly thirty-eight rats in individual containers in the background. Trainers showed the actor how to handle the rats prior to shooting the scene. On action the wrangler handed the actor the rat and on action, the actor placed the mouse in a large glass jar that also contained a gauze and a surgical clamp. We checked the gauze and it was dry and contained no chemicals. The dead rat in the scene was purchased from a taxidermist.



In the scene where the family has a garage sale and we see a dog in the background, the American Humane checked the dog prior to filming. The dog was given water and food between takes.



In the scene where a car pulls up to a harbor and we see a horse standing on the side,   four horses were walked to set by animal handlers. They were brought to a grassy area near the set and tied them to the trees. After they finished shooting the scene the horses were walked back to the holding area and fed and watered.



In the scene where the actors ride in a horse-drawn carriage in a country, the trainers walked the horses. The trainer drove the horses and wagon over their path and looped back to start on a parallel, gravel road. American Humane checked the road prior to filming. The wrangler actually drove the horse and carriage in the scene. The horses were given food and water between takes. In that same scene where we see sheep in the background, the trainer placed his dog move the twenty sheep from their pen to their mark on the grass between the road and the backyards. The trainer also removed the pen and the group of chickens started looking for stuff to eat.  As the horses and wagon approached, the chickens all left the road to the grassy area by the end building.  After filming the scene the sheep were brought back to their pen and the chickens were placed back in their area which had shade.