Encino Man

Encino Man is the zany story of two "nerdy-type" students, Dave and Stoney, in their last year of high school. They are determined to make a statement of some sort in order to be remembered after they have graduated. Little do they know just what a statement they will make. Dave has decided to dig a swimming pool in his backyard so that it will be ready in time for graduation day. While Dave and Stoney are digging they discover a prehistoric man frozen in ice. The pair manage to hide the man, still frozen, in the tool shed. The next day, while the boys are at school, the ice melts and the caveman comes to life. The two boys teach the big guy, Link, as they have named him, to speak and enroll him in their high school as a foreign exchange student. We follow the trio through their hilarious escapades as Link tries to adapt to the 20th Century.

  • Starring: Sean Austin, Pauly Shore and Brendan Fraser
  • Director(s): Les Mayfield
  • Producer(s): Hollywood Pictures
  • Screenwriter(s): George Zaloom, Shawn Schepps
  • Distributor: Buena Vista Pictures
  • Animal Coordinator: Unknown
  • Release Date: Monday, April 20, 1992

Featured Animal Action

Dave has a dog named Boris. In the scene after Link melts and comes to life, Boris is the first one he meets. When Dave takes Link to meet his parents, Link remembers the dog and goes out in the back yard to play with him. They continue to play as Dave talks to his parents. We see Link in the background dancing with the dog on his shoulders. The dog was indeed playing with the actor. When we see the dog on Link's shoulders, the dog was merely placed on the actor's shoulders by his trainer and held by the actor. While in biology class Link discovers a dead frog in a jar. He takes the frog out of the jar, "cooks" the frog on one of the burners in the classroom, and proceeds to eat the frog. This was a fake frog made of candy. As the family sits at the dinner table, Link spots a fly. He grabs the fly out of mid air and pops it into his mouth. No fly is actually in this scene and the sound of the fly was added in post production. Boris is also seen barking, eating, sleeping and as the boys' companion.