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2021-05-10 12:08:17 AM  
There was a spaceballs cartoon!?
 
2021-05-10 12:51:48 AM  
While funny, a lot of the humor is adult in nature and stripping out the dangerous stuff just leaves a bland mess of sight gags and vomit jokes.

The film is full of assholes, and they are integral to the success of the movie.
 
2021-05-10 1:05:23 AM  

leeksfromchichis: There was a spaceballs cartoon!?


I was thinking the same thing.
 
2021-05-10 1:16:13 AM  
I actually remember seeing this entire thing. As an awkward undergrad like fifteen years ago, it was an amusing watch, but ah, yeah, it wasn't anything I'd recommend, or rewatch.
 
2021-05-10 1:20:21 AM  
Video pinpoints one of my biggest frustrations -- Spaceballs is a universe where all sci-fi franchises exist together.  The series could have parodied the Battlestar Galactica reboot, TNG through Voyager, Firefly, Lexx, and even Futurama.  But they went after Harry Potter and American Idol.
 
2021-05-10 4:26:19 AM  

skyotter: Video pinpoints one of my biggest frustrations -- Spaceballs is a universe where all sci-fi franchises exist together.  The series could have parodied the Battlestar Galactica reboot, TNG through Voyager, Firefly, Lexx, and even Futurama.  But they went after Harry Potter and American Idol.


The kids love that Harry Potter shiat!   Do Harry Potter it'll drag 'em in!  That's where the cereal and toy money is do you think we do this shiat for fun??

/another one of those, "Wish I was kidding" posts
//the merchandising jokes in the movie weren't there for nothing
///I'm gonna go ahead and doubt they let Mel go with the scripts he'd have rather done for that
 
2021-05-10 4:28:40 AM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: skyotter: Video pinpoints one of my biggest frustrations -- Spaceballs is a universe where all sci-fi franchises exist together.  The series could have parodied the Battlestar Galactica reboot, TNG through Voyager, Firefly, Lexx, and even Futurama.  But they went after Harry Potter and American Idol.

The kids love that Harry Potter shiat!   Do Harry Potter it'll drag 'em in!  That's where the cereal and toy money is do you think we do this shiat for fun??

/another one of those, "Wish I was kidding" posts
//the merchandising jokes in the movie weren't there for nothing
///I'm gonna go ahead and doubt they let Mel go with the scripts he'd have rather done for that


And yeah - I know it wasn't meant to be for kids

/try to convince studio execs on that one
//they know cartoons!!1BBQ
///reason why a lot of the successful modern-ish cartoons had farkall to do with major studios and the like
////'cause they'd never have been made in any recognizable form
 
2021-05-10 5:34:46 AM  
Some years ago I showed Spaceballs to my then-8-year-old grandson. He watched it four times in a row, laughing just as hard the fourth time. It's not sophisticated or intellectual, but it's great slapstick. 8-year-olds aren't ever wrong about great slapstick.
 
2021-05-10 7:28:50 AM  
I never really understood the love for Spaceballs.
It was really the start of Mel Brooks' decline where he went for the low hanging fruit, the obvious joke, and the explanation of jokes after telling the joke!

Granted it had some funny scenes, I'm certainly not above fart and dick jokes.

I guess it's just a generational thing
 
2021-05-10 7:48:04 AM  

buntz: I never really understood the love for Spaceballs.
It was really the start of Mel Brooks' decline where he went for the low hanging fruit, the obvious joke, and the explanation of jokes after telling the joke!

Granted it had some funny scenes, I'm certainly not above fart and dick jokes.

I guess it's just a generational thing


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2021-05-10 7:53:44 AM  

Aussie_As: Some years ago I showed Spaceballs to my then-8-year-old grandson. He watched it four times in a row, laughing just as hard the fourth time. It's not sophisticated or intellectual, but it's great slapstick. 8-year-olds aren't ever wrong about great slapstick.


I was around that age when my dad took me to see both Space Balls and Young Frankenstein at a double feature at the drive-in. It was a blast.
 
2021-05-10 8:11:09 AM  

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Yeah, yeah! Tell me your thoughts on "High Anxiety" and get back to me!
 
2021-05-10 8:19:04 AM  
Lame jokes aside, that animation style is quite off-putting.
 
2021-05-10 8:30:41 AM  

buntz: I never really understood the love for Spaceballs.
It was really the start of Mel Brooks' decline where he went for the low hanging fruit, the obvious joke, and the explanation of jokes after telling the joke!

Granted it had some funny scenes, I'm certainly not above fart and dick jokes.

I guess it's just a generational thing


I'm callin the farkin cops!
 
2021-05-10 9:24:55 AM  

buntz: I never really understood the love for Spaceballs.


Despite itself, Spaceballs really managed to feel like a goofy sci-fi epic. And that was impressive, for a comedy- there haven't been a lot of successful sci-fi comedy films. I mean, prior to this, the best you had was, what, Ice Pirates? Yikes. Actually, outside of Spaceballs and GalaxyQuest, are there any other decent sci-fi comedy films? Starship Troopers, I guess. Do we count Event Horizon as a comedy? I do.
 
2021-05-10 9:37:16 AM  

t3knomanser: buntz: I never really understood the love for Spaceballs.

Despite itself, Spaceballs really managed to feel like a goofy sci-fi epic. And that was impressive, for a comedy- there haven't been a lot of successful sci-fi comedy films. I mean, prior to this, the best you had was, what, Ice Pirates? Yikes. Actually, outside of Spaceballs and GalaxyQuest, are there any other decent sci-fi comedy films? Starship Troopers, I guess. Do we count Event Horizon as a comedy? I do.


Hey, listen, I get it. I'm not saying it doesn't have its moments.

I'm just comparing Spaceballs to other Mel Brooks movies.

Like I said, it was the start of Mel Brooks telling a joke and then explaining the joke to the audience in the movie and then he started to try to replicate the Abrams/ Zucker films, unsuccessfully
 
2021-05-10 9:50:46 AM  

t3knomanser: buntz: I never really understood the love for Spaceballs.

Despite itself, Spaceballs really managed to feel like a goofy sci-fi epic. And that was impressive, for a comedy- there haven't been a lot of successful sci-fi comedy films. I mean, prior to this, the best you had was, what, Ice Pirates? Yikes. Actually, outside of Spaceballs and GalaxyQuest, are there any other decent sci-fi comedy films? Starship Troopers, I guess. Do we count Event Horizon as a comedy? I do.


There was a 1983 farce with Leslie Nielson and Cindy Williams, marketed as The Creature Wasn't Nice, Spaceship!, and Naked Space.  It was ... not good.
Spaceship - I want to eat your face
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2021-05-10 9:58:13 AM  

skyotter: l Naked Space.


I have this DVD! My dad got it in the bargain bin at Walmart or something, Saw Leslie Nielsen, assumed that it would be Naked Gun level funny, especially with that word naked in the title.  And then he gave it to me as a gift!
 
2021-05-10 10:41:43 AM  

t3knomanser: buntz: I never really understood the love for Spaceballs.

Despite itself, Spaceballs really managed to feel like a goofy sci-fi epic. And that was impressive, for a comedy- there haven't been a lot of successful sci-fi comedy films. I mean, prior to this, the best you had was, what, Ice Pirates? Yikes. Actually, outside of Spaceballs and GalaxyQuest, are there any other decent sci-fi comedy films? Starship Troopers, I guess. Do we count Event Horizon as a comedy? I do.


Airplane II was set in space. Does that count?
 
2021-05-10 10:47:08 AM  

skyotter: t3knomanser: buntz: I never really understood the love for Spaceballs.

Despite itself, Spaceballs really managed to feel like a goofy sci-fi epic. And that was impressive, for a comedy- there haven't been a lot of successful sci-fi comedy films. I mean, prior to this, the best you had was, what, Ice Pirates? Yikes. Actually, outside of Spaceballs and GalaxyQuest, are there any other decent sci-fi comedy films? Starship Troopers, I guess. Do we count Event Horizon as a comedy? I do.

There was a 1983 farce with Leslie Nielson and Cindy Williams, marketed as The Creature Wasn't Nice, Spaceship!, and Naked Space.  It was ... not good.
[YouTube video: Spaceship - I want to eat your face]


OH GOD that really happened I thought it had been an alcohol-fueled nightmare I'd had!
 
2021-05-10 11:02:46 AM  
I was searching for another memory of a funny sci-fi movie featuring a Rock Eater that my sister and I quoted for years:  "Rock Eaters don't eat bars.  Rock Eaters eat rocks.  That's how we get our rocks off."

Google led me to Galaxina, 1980, an R-rated space comedy.
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2021-05-10 11:12:56 AM  

t3knomanser: buntz: I never really understood the love for Spaceballs.

Despite itself, Spaceballs really managed to feel like a goofy sci-fi epic. And that was impressive, for a comedy- there haven't been a lot of successful sci-fi comedy films. I mean, prior to this, the best you had was, what, Ice Pirates? Yikes. Actually, outside of Spaceballs and GalaxyQuest, are there any other decent sci-fi comedy films? Starship Troopers, I guess. Do we count Event Horizon as a comedy? I do.


No matter what your singular perspective dictates, Spaceballs has a decent story to start with, then hangs appropriate jokes where they do the most good. I'd rather have the good stories in films like Airplane!, Soaceballs, Kentucky Fried Movie's A Fistful of Yen, or Young Frankenstein than the "'member this?" so-called jokes from Friedberg and Seltzer.
 
2021-05-10 11:50:38 AM  
I remember G4 showing that "series" late one night circa 2006.  Holy hell, it was terrible and lifeless.
 
2021-05-10 12:14:16 PM  

buntz: I never really understood the love for Spaceballs.
It was really the start of Mel Brooks' decline where he went for the low hanging fruit, the obvious joke, and the explanation of jokes after telling the joke!

Granted it had some funny scenes, I'm certainly not above fart and dick jokes.

I guess it's just a generational thing


It's great when you watch it for the first time as age 12.  It's a movie for teenage boys (and a few girls)  and trying to make it anything else, is besides the point.

//besides, it's starter Mel Brooks.  //Watch that and Robin Hood, Men in Tights, and then move on to Blazing Saddles and The Producers when you're a bit older.
//worked for me.
 
2021-05-10 12:17:56 PM  

buntz: Boojum2k: [Fark user image image 220x163]

Yeah, yeah! Tell me your thoughts on "High Anxiety" and get back to me!


High Anxiety is incredibly underrated and the scene where they sneak on the plane disguised as old Jewish couple is probably one of the funniest things ever written.

//the Birds' homage is great too.
 
2021-05-10 12:28:12 PM  
Weird. I recognize the intro, but the rest of the series seems to have purged from my memory. Based on the posted video, I'm assuming it was some sort of subconscious defense mechanism.
 
2021-05-10 1:21:03 PM  

kermit the forg: Watch that and Robin Hood, Men in Tights


Again, everyone is acting like I'm dumping on Spaceballs.  Like I said, it had its moments.  But it's a totally different style comedy than Brooks USED to make.  It was more Abrams/Zucker sight gags and slapstick absurd things (combing the desert).

But like I said, it was when he started EXPLAINING the jokes.

"We caught their STUNT doubles!!"

And Men in Tights was the worst.  The example I always use when describing this is the scene where the character "Blinken" enters the room.  Someone says "Hey, Blinkin" and the blind guy says "Abe Lincoln??"

That's it.  That's the joke.  And that's where old Brooks would have left it.  But post-Spaceballs Brooks then EXPLAINS the joke.

"No, I didn't say Abe Lincoln!  I said "Hey, Blinkin!"

Well, now you're ruined the joke.

I love Brooks.  He was my hero growing up.  I'm just saying there is a noticeable different in pre and post Spaceballs movies.

(The less said about Dracula, the better)
 
2021-05-10 2:40:37 PM  

buntz: kermit the forg: Watch that and Robin Hood, Men in Tights

Again, everyone is acting like I'm dumping on Spaceballs.  Like I said, it had its moments.  But it's a totally different style comedy than Brooks USED to make.  It was more Abrams/Zucker sight gags and slapstick absurd things (combing the desert).

But like I said, it was when he started EXPLAINING the jokes.

"We caught their STUNT doubles!!"

And Men in Tights was the worst.  The example I always use when describing this is the scene where the character "Blinken" enters the room.  Someone says "Hey, Blinkin" and the blind guy says "Abe Lincoln??"

That's it.  That's the joke.  And that's where old Brooks would have left it.  But post-Spaceballs Brooks then EXPLAINS the joke.

"No, I didn't say Abe Lincoln!  I said "Hey, Blinkin!"

Well, now you're ruined the joke.

I love Brooks.  He was my hero growing up.  I'm just saying there is a noticeable different in pre and post Spaceballs movies.

(The less said about Dracula, the better)


What I meant to say is that he was essentially writing movies for 12 year-olds, not really for adults at that point.  It's okay if you don't really care for them.

If you weren't in the sweet spot of say 10-16 years old when you saw those movies, you probably wouldn't love them or "get" them like the people who were kids in the late 80s / early 90's did.  And if you loved Mel's early work, you can kinda be excused if you didn't like his later work.   It was kinda for a different audience.

//FWIW, Mel's son was about 15 when Spaceballs came out so I suspect that probably informed a lot of its tone at the time.
 
2021-05-10 2:58:54 PM  

buntz: Again, everyone is acting like I'm dumping on Spaceballs.


No, I was explaining why people have fondness for it despite it definitely being a step down in comedic quality.
 
2021-05-11 7:50:42 AM  
I like Spaceballs and Blazing Saddles and the rest, but I always have had a special place in my heart for the Mel Brooks film Silent Movie. Made after silent movies fell out of favor, it is a silent movie complete with breaks for caption frames. What's it about? A couple of guys trying to make a silent movie even though silent movies aren't popular anymore. SPOILER ALERT FOR 1976 MOVIE (lol) there actually is one word of spoken dialogue. And the guy who they got to say it? The world's most famous mime, Marcel Marceau, as he refuses to be in the silent movie.

Proof that Brooks can get clever in addition to delivering the lowbrow funny.
 
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