They enter homes through doggy doors, rip up backyard water gardens and romp around roof tops. It seems that nearly everyone in Echo Park has a raccoon story to tell. In fact, one of those stories inspired an upcoming motion picture starring Tobey Maguire and Laura Linney. The dark comedy, “The Details,” is set in Seattle but it was set into motion by the raccoons that descended on the Echo Park yard of director Jacob Aaron Estes. In an interview with Stand By For Mind Control, Estes said:
I’d recently bought a house in Echo Park and put in a lawn. But raccoons kept flipping the sod over during the night. I got fixated on stopping them. I went to great lengths. It was such a funny thing—I thought it would be a great central obsession for a character in a movie.
But, Estes notes that his film is not about raccoons. “It’s a movie about humans who behave like raccoons. They’re greedy, horny, dangerous.“