A story about being friends through thick...and thin.
Based on the National Book Award winning novel by Kimberly Willis Holt, When Zachary Beaver Came to Town is a poignant slice-of-life story that is timeless in its appeal. In the spirit of Stand by Me, this is a coming-of-age story for a new generation. It is the kind of picture that kids can claim as theirs and say, "Somebody does understand us." At the same time, it has the potential to cross over and engage an older audience as well.
On one hot summer's evening, a tiny trailer decorated with Christmas lights rolls into Granger, Texas, with Zachary Beaver (Sasha Neulinger) as his own one-man sideshow with friend and business partner Paulie Rankin as his ringleader. Naturally, the whole town gathers around to take a look, including Toby (Jonathan Lipnicki) and Cal (Cody Linley), who get in line to see "the fattest boy in the world."
Out of this unlikely beginning, a friendship develops among the three boys, a friendship that will help carry them through what will be a life-changing summer for all of them. In befriending Zachary, Toby and Cal learn a lot of life's lessons some sad, some uplifting, some funny but all a part of growing up. They will certainly never forget Zachary Beaver or the summer when he came to town.
When Zachary Beaver Came to Town's all-star cast includes Eric Stoltz (Pulp Fiction) as Toby's warm and devoted father, Otto Wilson; Jane Krakowski (Ally McBeal) makes a strong impact in the film as Toby's mother, an aspiring Nashville star. A young but seasoned star, Jonathan Lipnicki (Stuart Little 1 & 2, Jerry Maguire), plays Toby Wilson, the story's protagonist, through whose eyes we witness this unusual and unforgettable summer unfold. Newcomer Sasha Neulinger portrays the larger-than-life character Zachary Beaver. Together, Lipnicki's Toby and Neulinger's Zachary are so funny to watch that you can't help but think of them as "a young Laurel and Hardy." Cody Linley completes the trio of boys as Cal McKnight, Toby's best friend and sidekick in their adventures.
An instant family classic, When Zachary Beaver Came to Town is sure to touch the spirit of the individual within us all.