It’s a well-known fact that the brainpower needed to process the image of a talking animal is so mentally demanding that the mind gets completely enveloped. Burdening it with the least bit of meaningful narrative has been known to cause psychotic breakdowns, and it’s with that cautionary attitude that Furry Vengeance approaches its audience; treating them with dandy high-jinks to satisfy their furry needs.

The only problem is, the cute little raccoons in Furry Vengeance aren’t quite fully anthropomorphised. They don’t talk; instead, they vocalise their thoughts in their usual animal sounds accompanied by thought bubbles, which makes you realise how limp the latest Brendan Fraser family film vehicle is.

Ripping on Furry Vengeance feels like attacking a defenceless kitten, but the film is just so poor on so many levels; giving it a pass on account of Fraser’s childlike enthusiasm is considerably worse. Although everything about the film was made with the best of intentions; the environmentally aware premise of the film is exploited as the excuse for the least exciting and most recycled plot line: the supporting dad who works for a greedy company with no time for his family.

Dan Sanders (Fraser) has recently relocated to a remote forest with his wife (Brooke Shields) and teenage son, and despite his company’s claims to being wholeheartedly eco-friendly, its newest project basically amounts to scrapping the entire forest in favour of an upscale housing community and a tropical-themed mega mall. The CGI forest animals, led by a loopy raccoon, hear the news and set about systematically torturing Sanders with the most sadistic traps and mind games.

There is a surprising roster of talent in the film. Ken Jeong plays a comically greedy boss who harbours great animosity towards the forest’s furry residents. His assistant is played by Angela Kinsey from The Office, Rob Riggle makes a cameo and The Daily Show’s Samantha Bee is also there as the head of the teachers’ committee. However, all these actors get paltry screen time, nowhere close to matching Fraser, who doesn’t mind flaunting his new flabby belly just to score a laugh or two.