MVP: Most Valuable Primate

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MVP: Most Valuable Primate
Directed by Robert Vince
Produced by Ian Fodie
Michael Strange
Robert Vince
Anne Vince
Written by Anne Vince
Robert Vince

Russell Ferrier
Lomax Study
Kevin Zegers
Jamie Renée Smith
Alexa Fox
Jane Sowerby
Ingrid Tesch
Philip Granger
Rick Ducommun
Berny, Mac, and Louie
Jim Hughson

music = Brian 'Hoot' Gibson
Brahm Wenger
Cinematography Glen Winter
Edited by Kelly Herron
Distributed by Keystone Family Pictures
Release dates
  • October 20, 2000 (2000-10-20)
Running time
93 min.
Language English
Budget $4,500,000[1]
Box office $1,248,746[2]

MVP: Most Valuable Primate is a 2000 feature film that sparked the MVP franchise. The film's title character, Jack, is a chimpanzee.


The plot revolves around an ape playing sports. Jack is a three-year-old chimpanzee who is the subject of an experiment involving sign language that is performed by Dr. Kendall. However, Dr. Kendall loses funding for his research and Kendall's boss, Mr. Peabody, sells Jack to a medical research lab, much to Dr. Kendall's dismay. Unfortunately, Dr. Kendall dies (off screen) from a heart attack. Kendall had set up Jack to be taken away from the lab, but Jack was sent to Canada by mistake. In Canada, Jack finds shelter in a tree house but a young deaf girl named Tara enters the tree house and Jack surprises her causing her to faint; when Tara wakes up she learns he can use sign language, she attempts to hide Jack from her parents and brother Steven but is unsuccessful . Steven soon discovers that Jack has an uncanny ability to play the sport of ice hockey and Jack joins Steven's junior league hockey team when it is discovered that there is no rule that chimpanzees can't play hockey. However, just before the championship, Dr. Peabody returns to reclaim Jack.


The movie generated one theater-released sequel and one direct-to-video sequel. In each film, Jack learns to play a different sport.


The following is a list of the films in the series:



MVP was the working title of the 1997 film Air Bud, but the subtitle was Most Valuable Pooch, not Most Valuable Primate. Air Bud shares the same producers and they both star Kevin Zegers. Both films feature similar plots about an animal who can play sports, and they each spawned a number of sequels in which the title animal plays a different sport in each.


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