SPACEBALLS - THE TOTALLY WARPED ADVENTURES ANIMATED
you exclaim, “No one told me about a Spaceballs animated series. Why I...probably wouldn’t watch it anyway.”
And that would be a wise and discerning decision on your part. While the TV series was originally supposed to be 13 episodes to run on the video game channel, G4, they managed to crap out 4 half-assed flash animated episodes in 2008 before ceasing to discuss the matter any further. Until now.
The show, for those who HAVE to know more, was produced by Mel Brooks
, with him returning to do the voices of the same characters he played in the original 1987 parody film. Also returning is Joan Rivers
analogue, Dot Matrix
(She’s still alive?!?) and Daphne Zuniga
satire, Princess Vespa
(She’s still relevant?!?). Oddly, Bill Pullman
, Rick Moranis
and the rest of the original cast chose to be uninvolved. Hmm.
The disc has four episodes, although strangely and perhaps tellingly, three of them are not the episodes that aired on TV back in 2008. They are titled “Outbreak”
, “The Skroobinator”
, “Deep Ship”
and “Grand Theft Starship”
and if these are this bad, I can’t even begin to imagine how terrible those not deemed worthy of inclusion must have been. Each episode centers around a pop culture parody, but none seem to remember the events of the original film or even parody the original source material, Star Wars
animated is irrelevant, unfunny (unless you like nothing but pun-based toilet humor) and unimaginative.
What happened to the Mel Brooks
of old? I suspect he just got
old. Credit where credit is due, but 83 year old men aren't usually the best guys to go to for jokes. It’s sad, but Mel
should perhaps sit back and be content with what amazing works he left behind long ago. Certainly if this is what he considers to be funny these days, it’s time to quietly retire. I agree to pretend that this never happened if everyone else does! I don't think I have to tell you that you should SKIP
this one, if you value your own sanity.
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THE GREEN BERETS
I’m not the biggest John Wayne
fan in the world, I’ll admit. He was an A-list actor with C-list talents whose masculinity clearly appealed to legions of men throughout the world nonetheless, the Arnold Schwarzenegger
of his time. That being said, his range, such as it was, was just about enough for a lot of the terrific films he was cast in. I’m not sure “The Green Berets”
was one of them, but time and the dying down of fiery opinions about the Vietnam war have done nothing but make this more enjoyable to watch. That and the sparkling clean Blu-Ray transfer.
plays Colonel Mike Kirby
of the Green Beret Special Forces (and at sixty was unmistakably too old to be a soldier, but whatever), an experienced vet who is put in charge of putting in new defenses for a besieged outpost in the jungle (which here, is not so much looking anything like Vietnam, but the forests of Georgia where it was shot). Along for the ride is a skeptical newspaper reporter, George Beckworth
), who is outspokenly against the war. He agrees to come along with Kirby
to Vietnam to witness for himself what is going on over there to form a first-hand opinion of the situation. As John Wayne
himself, staunch pro-American and anti-communist directed this film, you can imagine what the reporter’s final feelings about the war were in this story.
It’s not even mildly surprising how hard a lot of folk came down on this film for it’s simple minded outright bullshit about the war. To Wayne
, it’s good versus evil because the United States of America says so, and that’s all you need to know. In truth, the Vietnam War was considerably more complicated and in terms of a reflection of that conflict, “The Green Berets”
is insulting both to the soldiers in it and those who protested our involvement. However, as a campy John Wayne
war flick, it’s actually fun. While pointing out the technical errors could become a drinking game in itself, there’s not much time for reflection. It’s a fast-moving fable that represents the ‘hawk’
mentality at it’s silliest. Lots of stuff blowing up and one-note charactatures dying left and right, with Wayne
occasionally delivering priceless one-liners like “Out here, due process is with a bullet!”
...yeah, I really COULD be describing an Arnold Schwarzeneggar
film. For those who can enjoy films like this in the right way, "The Green Berets"
is a solid RENT
. Propaganda like this was offensive back in 1968, but now it’s an amusing look at a sort of single-minded, manipulative and dangerous blind patriotism that could never happen again. Right? Right?
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