Leave It to Beaver: A Classic TV Show Reimagined for the 90s
If you are a fan of the original Leave It to Beaver TV series that ran from 1957 to 1963, you might be curious about the 1997 movie adaptation that brought the Cleaver family to the big screen. The movie, directed by Andy Cadiff and starring Christopher McDonald, Janine Turner, Cameron Finley, and Erik von Detten, is a comedy that follows the misadventures of 8-year-old Theodore \"Beaver\" Cleaver in a small-town Ohio setting.
The movie is not a direct remake of the TV show, but rather a modern update that pays homage to some of the classic episodes and characters. For example, Beaver joins a football team to impress his father Ward, but he really wants a new bike; Beaver's bike gets stolen by a teenage bully; Beaver's older brother Wally has trouble with his girlfriend; and Beaver's best friend Larry gets into trouble with his parents. The movie also features cameo appearances by some of the original cast members, such as Barbara Billingsley as Aunt Martha, Ken Osmond as Eddie Haskell Sr., and Frank Bank as Frank.
The movie received mixed reviews from critics and audiences, who praised the nostalgic appeal and the performances of Finley and von Detten, but criticized the lack of originality and humor. The movie also flopped at the box office, earning only $10.7 million against a budget of $15 million. However, the movie has since gained a cult following among fans of the TV show and 90s nostalgia.
If you want to watch or rewatch Leave It to Beaver, you can find it on DVD or Blu-ray from various online retailers. The DVD release date was May 4, 2010[^2^], and the Blu-ray release date was August 13, 2019[^3^]. You can also stream it on STARZ with Prime Video Channels[^1^].
The movie also tries to capture the spirit and style of the TV show by using some of the same elements, such as the opening credits, the narration, the music, and the costumes. The movie also recreates some of the iconic scenes from the TV show, such as Beaver climbing into a giant soup bowl, Beaver hiding in a billboard, and Beaver getting stuck in a giant coffee cup.
However, the movie also adds some new twists and jokes to appeal to a 90s audience, such as Beaver using a computer to write his school report, Beaver getting chased by a dog in a mall, and Beaver getting his tongue stuck on a frozen flagpole. The movie also makes some references to other popular movies and TV shows of the time, such as Home Alone, Star Wars, Baywatch, and The X-Files.
If you are looking for some fun trivia about the movie, here are some interesting facts: [^1^]
After Brian Levant, Richard Correll and Tony Dow were turned down as possible directors by the studio, Tony Dow and Jerry Mathers declined to appear in cameo roles.
Ken Osmond, who played Eddie Haskell's father, was the original Eddie Haskell in the TV show.
Barbara Billingsley, who played Aunt Martha, was the original June Cleaver in the TV show.
Some of the scenes used for the movie were taken from some of the original episodes.
Near the end when Beaver is polishing his bike after getting it back, he's humming the original Leave It to Beaver theme song. aa16f39245