Chad Carpenter’s Cartoonist Mind hits the big screen across the state

The movie posters state “like Sharknado without the sharks…and there’s only one of him…and he’s a moose.”

Chad Carpenter, local cartoonist known for his famous “Tundra” comic strip, is excited about his new project that recently came to life. His new film “Moose the Movie” has been quite the talk for the past several weeks.

Carpenter talked to The Northern Light about his initial inspiration for the movie.

“I got back home from Fairbanks two years ago and since it’s a six hour drive I had plenty of time to think about stuff. I always dabbled in video projects and one day I decided that it would be fun to do one and make it as Alaskan as possible. The movies I always liked as a kid were independent films, ones that didn’t cost a lot to make but put a lot of heart and soul into it. It has always meant more than the 200 million blockbusters,” said Carpenter.

Carpenter says that he has been approached by Regal Cinemas and Coming Attractions Theatres. Regal Cinemas is picking the film up for around 10-12 movie theaters in the state and Coming Attractions Theatres wants to put the movie into northwest theaters.

There were many members of the community that contributed to the film. Through months of production, props that were needed were posted on the Moose website. From old trailers to trucks, the people provided what was needed.

Benji Beach appeared in the film as an extra and had a song featured in the film.

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“I got to be an extra for a couple days of shooting-it was a blast! I also had the opportunity to work alongside Jon Ong to do a song for the movie. Jon has worked with legends like Barbra Streisand and Rod Steward. The song is called “Drift in the Wind” and you’ve got to see the movie to hear it. You can hear more of my music on iTunes,” said Beach.

The film stars Zack Lanphier as Ranger Zack Del Pollo. Lanphier has known Carpenter since he was ten and is currently a Wasilla High School history teacher.

“I have known Chad since I was ten years old, when he would pay me $2 to leave him alone for two hours while he worked at the fair. Our relationship has always been a little unique to say the least. So two years ago when he mentioned he wanted to make a movie and have me be a small part of it, I was excited. I learned so much on set, mainly because I had no business being there! I had zero idea what I was doing and no clue what I had gotten myself into. I continue to tell people I basically acted like myself and my face did stupid things,” said Lanphier.

The movie will also appear on May 14 at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium, one showing at 6 p.m. and a second at 9 p.m. Tickets are available at and UAA students and staff will receive a discount. Starting May 22, Tikahtnu’s Regal Cinema will be showing the movie. Tickets are available at or at the door.

“Go and see Moose. The cast, crew, and musicians that worked on the film are not only some of the funniest people I know, but also the friendliest. It is definitely worth carving out time in your busy schedule to see!” said Beach.