Bucky and the Squirrels

Synopsis: Back in 1968, a one-hit wonder rock band from Appleton, Wisconsin vanished in a plane crash somewhere in the Swiss Alps. Now, 50 years later, the aircraft has just been discovered with the Squirrels still inside - frozen alive. After they're returned home, thawed, and are struggling to return to their former selves, the IRS arrests them for owing a half century of back taxes. To stay out of prison, the Squirrels have to prove they can pay the money back by convincing the government they're capable of performing once again. Unfortunately, they're not.
Genre: Comedy
Director(s): Allan Katz
Production: Dauntless Studios
  1 win.
82 min

(dramatic music)

The documentary

you're about to see

is based on an incredible

true story.

Some have said it's more

incredible than true,


to tell the truth,

that may or may not

be true.

But, while not all

of it may be,

or may not be, true,

most of it is.

Oh, okay, "most" might be

an exaggeration.

Let's just say that

a great deal

of this incredible

true story is true.

How much

is hard to say.

A number of the events

that happened,

or might

have happened,

in, uh, this

incredibly true story


could have happened,

and they may have.

We just

can't prove it.


one thing's for sure.

While the events

in this incredible true story

may or may not have

happened as shown here

in this incredible

true story,

there are definitely

several elements

in this incredible

true story

that have

definitely happened.


To someone at

one time or another.

Therefore, it is

with great pride

that the producers...

not all of them,

but some of them...

well, at least one

of them...

is, or are, proud

to present the

following incredible

and quite possibly

true story.

I'm Steve Schmidt for ANC News

on the campus

of Lawrence University

in beautiful

Appleton, Wisconsin.

This is where everything began

for Appleton's own

Bucky and the Squirrels,

the one-hit-wonder rock group,


back in the 1960s,

skyrocketed to the top

with their number-one dance

hit, "Do the Squirrel."


in the winter of 1968,

while on their maiden

European promotional tour,

the chartered plane that

carried Bucky and the Squirrels

vanished, never to be seen

or heard from again.

That is, until today.

Here, live from Switzerland,

is Mitchell Friedman

with more

on this developing story.


Uh, thank you, Steve.

As you can see, or maybe not,

I'm here in the middle

of a raging blizzard

six kilometers north

of the famed Zermatt ski resort,

where, only hours ago,

the storm uncovered

what has just been

positively identified

as the remains of the plane

that took the lives

of the American rock group Bucky and

the Squirrels. (loud background noise)

I... I apologize

about the noise.

What you hear in the background

is snow removal equipment

working to free

the partially buried wreckage,

which, as I understand,


is in near pristine condition.

(indistinct shouting)

Okay, thank you, Mitchell.

For Bucky and the Squirrels,

it all began here

in beautiful

Appleton, Wisconsin.

Appleton, Wisconsin,

is located here,

in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Before the Squirrels

were alive,

Appleton was known for three

really awesome things:

Lawrence University,

the second-oldest


boys and girls college

in the United States

of America,

and for being

the hometown

of writer Edna Ferber

and escape

artist Houdini.

Houdini is the man

on the right.

Edna Ferber, or "Edna"

as her friends called her,

was a short story writer.

Edna wasn't short,

her stories were.

Except, of course,

for the ones that were long.

Anyway, in 1968,

all that changed about

what Appleton was famous for

when the Squirrels had

an awesome dance hit.

The Squirrels were

Phillip Westerbrook,

Randy Cunningham,

Douglas Wilson,

and Thomas

"Bucky" Fuller.

And they became

childhood friends

when they were children.

Here's a picture of them

back then.

Over the years,

they grew older.

And in addition

to the many awesome things

they had in common...

like being friends and like

being from Appleton

and being in high school

together and stuff...

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Allan Katz

Allan Katz (born in Chicago, Illinois) is an American writer, producer, actor, and director. He began his writing career as an advertising copywriter. In 1970 he created the original award-winning campaign for the popcorn snack Screaming Yellow Zonkers which was the first major product to be packaged in a predominantly black box. Every panel of the box was covered by absurd copy and illustrations. Katz wrote the copy on the first several boxes, and wrote and produced the TV and radio campaign. Katz was hired to be one of the youngest writers on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In and moved to Los Angeles. While working on Laugh-In, he also wrote episodes of Sanford and Son, All in the Family, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.He went on to both write and produce other series including M*A*S*H (TV series), The Cher Show, Rhoda, and Roseanne. In 1989 Katz wrote and starred in the film Big Man on Campus (Originally titled, The Hunchback of UCLA , released in the UK as The Hunchback Hairball of L.A.). Katz wrote the libretto for the musical Zapata (music by Harry Nilsson) the multiple award-winning Off-Broadway musical, Song of Singapore, and the comedy, Partners starring Alan Rosenberg.Katz is also an essayist who has been published in 'The New York Times' and the Los Angeles Times and has taught writing at UCLA Extension Writers' Program and at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, where recently, in conjunction with their film studies program, he completed directing his feature "Bucky and the Squirrels" which had a limited theatrical release in February 2018. more…

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