When Zachary Beaver Came to Town

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When Zachary Beaver Came to Town
When Zachary Beaver Came To Town.jpg
DVD cover
Directed by John Schultz
Produced by Michael Corrente
Amy Robinson
Jay Julien
Screenplay by John Schultz
Based on When Zachary Beaver Came to Town 
by Kimberly Willis Holt
Starring Sasha Joseph Neulinger
Jonathan Lipnicki
Cody Linley
Jesse Plemons
Jane Krakowski
Eric Stoltz
Music by Richard Gibbs
Cinematography Shawn Maurer
Edited by John Pace
Revere Pictures
Distributed by Echo Bridge
Release date(s)
  • January 21, 2003 (2003-01-21)
Running time 85 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $3 million

When Zachary Beaver Came to Town is a 2003 comedy-drama film starring Jonathan Lipnicki and Cody Linley. It was adapted from a National Book Award-winning children's novel of the same name by Kimberly Willis Holt.[1][2]


One summer in the small, sleepy town of Antler, Texas, Toby Wilson's life changes. Toby is a boy who lives with his parents, but his mother runs off to Nashville to become a singer. Later, he and his best friend Cal McKnight meet a fat, sideshow freak named Zachary Beaver, who has no parents or friends. Zachary, "The Fattest Boy Ever," spends most of his time in a camp trailer; he is abandoned by the person who watches him, Paulie Rankan, so [Paulie] can look for new additions to their circus. Toby and Cal get to know him, and slowly become friends with him.

They cope with the loss of Cal's brother, Wayne, who usually takes them out for snow cones and, who is recruited for the Vietnam war and later dies, which makes Cal almost upset, and Toby doesn't come to his funeral to bring Zachary somewhere in his dad's truck, and they get stranded in the middle of nowhere but get home. Zachary's home will be taken away, and Toby gets in trouble with his father, and Cal is very upset at him and gives him back all the money he borrowed from him and tells him his mother is never coming back like Wayne. Toby gives a country girl he likes a necklace, which was his mother's, but she gives it back to him. He got to have his dance with her after her boyfriend broke up with her. Cal and Toby become friends after Toby chases him down to a lake and they help Zachary get baptized in a lake with a worker in the Bowl-A-Rama who was going to become a priest; later his guardian returns with circus freaks to adopt him. He leaves town with them and says goodbye to his new friends.

Filming locations[edit]

The film was shot in the cities of Austin and Granger in Texas.[3]


  1. ^ "When-Zachary-Beaver-Came-to-Town - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes - NYTimes.com". Movies.nytimes.com. 2012-06-05. Retrieved 2012-08-07. 
  2. ^ "National Book Awards – 1999". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2011-10-14.
    (With acceptance speech by Willis Holt.)
  3. ^ "When Zachary Beaver Came to Town (2003) - Trivia". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2012-07-30. 

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