After nearly 10 years away from directing feature films, Christopher Guest is back, this time on Netflix with Mascots, and he’s bringing his quirky, deadpan mockumentary style and brilliant troupe of comedic actors with him.
Netflix just released the trailer for the film, a comedy about the 8th World Mascot Association Championships, a sports-team mascot competition featuring a bizarre and hilarious “group of unusual men and women,” including an anatomically correct donkey, a giant ice-skating fist, and a NSFW pencil-and-sharpener duo all clamoring to win the grand prize, the Gold Fluffy, and be crowned the Best Mascot in the World.
The film, written by Guest and actor Jim Piddock and produced by Karen Murphy, will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival later this month, and launch globally on Netflix and limited theaters on October 13. Guest’s fans will be happy to see the usual reveling in the absurd with a parade of his hilarious regulars including Jane Lynch (Glee, The 40-Year-Old Virgin), Parker Posey (Dazed and Confused, Cafe Society), Fred Willard (Anchorman, That 70’s Show), and Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, Calvary), who have appeared in Guest’s previous films like Waiting for Guffman, A Mighty Wind, and Best in Show.
The filmmaker’s last directorial feature film was the Oscar-season spoofing For Your Consideration in 2006. While Guest has dozens of film credits to his name, he is best-known for writing and acting in mockumentaries going all the way back to 1984 with Rob Reiner’s comedy This is Spinal Tap.
He’s parodied everything from dog shows, folk music, award shows, and genealogy, and told Entertainment Weekly he chose the world of competitive mascots this time around because it’s a topic he’s found fascinating for awhile.
“I had spoken with my co-writer Jim Piddock about what we were going to do next after this HBO series we had done, Family Tree,” Guest said. “He thought this world of mascots would be interesting to do a real documentary about. I said, ‘Well, I don’t know about that, but I certainly know I can do this the way I do it.’ I had an interest in this myself going back quite a way. When my kids were small, we would go to places that had mascots. I found it odd, I guess.”