Synopsis: A scheming raccoon fools a mismatched family of forest creatures into helping him repay a debt of food, by invading the new suburban sprawl that popped up while they were hibernating...and learns a lesson about family himself.
Gladys, played by Allison JanneyAllison Janney, was originally a Real Estate Agent, but was changed to the president of the Homeowners Association to add to the story.
To prepare for his role as Vincent the Bear, Nick NolteNick Nolte researched information about bears in order to give the right vocal tone and performance to his character.
According to the film makers on the DVD commentary, the movie originally opened with RJ sneaking into Vincent the Bear's cave to steal his food. But then they quickly realized that they were beginning with something more suspenseful so they invented the "Vending Machine" sequence at almost the last minute.