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RiffTrax: Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny


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Product Details

  • Actors: Shay Garner, Jay Ripley, Bob O'Connell, Ruth McMahon
  • Directors: Barry Mahon, R. Winer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Legend Films
  • DVD Release Date: March 8, 2011
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004QZ6S4C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,873 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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'What a story!' This was the original studio tagline for Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny. You will have to ignore, of course, that Santa & the Ice Cream Bunny barely contains a story, let alone a coherent thought. But you'll be willing to let this pass, since it does contain pigs, gorilla suits, paper mache birds, soiled Santa costumes, pervy moles and, of course, an Ice Cream Bunny.

What is an Ice Cream Bunny? We're not quite sure, and the movie doesn't really bother to explain. Evidently he has a fire truck with an air raid siren, and lives at a place called Pirates World. We also know that we are strongly in favor of ceding all power to it and letting it enact whatever foul agenda it desires, just as long as it lets us take a ride through Pirates World in that sweet, sweet fire truck.

It's one of the strangest and most baffling pieces of outsider art that Mike, Kevin and Bill have ever riffed. Please join us in experiencing: Santa & the Ice Cream Bunny.

Customer Reviews

If you like MST3K and Rifftrax movie riffing, you'll like this one.
D. Larson
This Rifftrax is so funny, literally just thinking about the movie makes me giggle.
Cubiclewarrior
We're dead aren't we Mike?" "(Mike) It's me, the Ice Cream Bunny!
Kevin McLaughlin

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I have seen a lot of truly weird movies in my life, some of them in their natural state, some being mocked by Mystery Science Theater 3000, Rifftrax, or Cinematic Titanic, the high priests of movie riffing. Of all those movies though, it is difficult to think of a weirder film being subjected to professional riffing. "Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny" is an entirely surreal children's Christmas movie that is exponentially worse than "Santa Claus" or even "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians," and is really a 96 minute ad for a long-gone Dania, Florida amusement park called "Pirates World." (And, no, I didn't accidentally leave the apostrophe out of "Pirate's;" that's the way they spelled it.)

The film is an exercise in padding and makes next to no sense. Santa (Jay Ripley) gets stuck in his sleigh in the sand at Pirates World, and summons children to help him. A wacky cast of characters enters the picture attempting to free Santa, including a gorilla, a mule (who knew mules were stubborn?,) a horse, a pig, a sheep, and ultimately the Ice Cream Bunny, who arrives on an old fire engine and finally frees his old pal Santa. This entire spectacle is watched by Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, but not before an adolescent raccoon provides some facial injuries while confined to their raft. If this was the entire film it would be about half an hour long, so what did the director decide to do? Insert a pre-existing film, "Thumbelina," into the middle of the Ice Cream Bunny plot under the guise of Santa telling the children a life-affirming story about the importance of never giving up on your dreams. (Is your head spinning yet?)

"Thumbelina" is trippy in a whole different way.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Otto Correct TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 24, 2011
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I've been a long time fan of MST3k and I've seen the worst movies they've ever screened (Manos, Creeping Terror, Monster-a-Go-Go, etc) and all I can say is that this particular movie, "Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny" is shot for shot, scene for scene, as BAD as any I've been exposed to.

This movie is just god-awful. Not in the so bad its good way, just the bad bad bad way. If someone had told me that the entire budget for this film was $200 and that the money was used to buy a handgun so the director could force the participation of anyone they could find to be on camera, I wouldn't question it at all.

Others have done a fine job describing the "plot" as it might loosely be termed, so I won't bother. All I can say is get ready for a film that includes copious amounts of near-abuse to both children and animals (you'll see one child jump off a ROOF with a PATIO-UMBRELLA!), the most terribly non-musical songs you've ever heard, and the worst/creepiest looking animal costumes I've ever seen.

All of it amounts to a film that, like the infamous "Manos, the Hands of Fate," has to be seen to be believed. Unfortunately, and also like "Manos," this is one case where the movie is just so awful it leaves the riffers in a lurch. Mike and co. do an admirable job, but there are still plenty of dead spots, and moments the just illicit noises of pain instead of comments.

Don't get me wrong, I did laugh, absolutely I did, but there are funnier Rifftrax DVDs out there. I enjoyed my time with this, but I probably won't be watching it over and over again like some others.

EDIT 4-17-13: Okay, I've reached the conclusion that this is officially WORSE than Manos.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mandog on September 28, 2011
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This full length film, apparently produced as advertising for a hideously substandard ultra low budget Disneyworld knockoff non-amusement park in Florida called Pirate World, plumbs a new low in film quality for RiffTrax. This film has the dubious distinction of competing quite successfully with Manos the Hands of Fate as the worst film riffed by MST3K or these alumni of MST3K. The video quality is equally terrible to Manos, the whole production looks like it was shot with a Brownie Super 8 camera by someone's mom, with the cast provided by the local neighbors and the plot and dialogue developed by her teenage son as a junior high project. The son obviously had a bright future as a butcher or car salesman. Constantly turgid, tedious, boring, disjointed, incomprehensible or disgusting, the film is so badly made that it hardly needs the riffing. It was at some points so awful I broke down in uncontrollable fits of laughter just realizing we were watching something so awfully made. The most astonishing thing is the producers were not ashamed to have authored this abomination (perhaps they were). There is a long inserted film within a film by the same producers showing a pitiful and laughable theatrical production of Thumbalina that Pirate World patrons were apparently subjected to, quite successful as anti-advertising for the park. The film builds to a climatic peak at the end when the sweaty Santa with his badly stained seat of the pants is finally forced to put his clothes back on as the Ice Cream Bunny arrives to the sound of screaming air raid sirens. Thank God I never visited Pirate World. The DVD also comes with an absolutely great Santa-related short containing a wonderfully violent Punch and Judy show screened for a group of stunned 1950s seven year old kids. Contains the main film both with and without riffing, it can be enjoyed either way, provide your own riffs!
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