Yes, from the authoritarian 40's right up to the groovy, do-whatever-you-want 70's, they were there, lecturing, hectoring and always, always insisting that you practice proper hygiene. Includes nine complete shorts, from the bizarre monkey themed safety film One Got Fat, the caffeinated Beat generation frenzy of Coffee House Rendezvous, and the brutal self assessment that comes with Are You Popular? Wheel in the A/V cart, close the shades, turn off the lights and laugh along with master riffers Mike, Kevin and Bill. It's like spending the evening with your funniest friends!
RiffTrax Shorts Volume 2 - from the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000!
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However, this is the second release they have made of commentaries over old industrial training shorts. These short films are a hold-over from the old MST3k days, and the shorts they tackled oftentimes resulted in producing some of their funniest material. Where would MST3k history be without Mr. B. Natural, Coily the Spring Sprite or a Date With Your Family?
And like Rifftrax's first volume of short films, the riffers do a great job of selecting nutty, bizarre material and interspersing quips, puns and observations into the already full sea of non sequiturs and nonsense.
Due to a variety of circumstances, I had actually previously viewed some of these short features in their original unmolested form before Rifftrax had added their commentary. So not only was I looking forward to watching their take on these, I also knew exactly how goofy, confusing and strange some of their starting material was.
This single DVD collection puts together nine short films which had previously been for sale via the Rifftrax website.
1) ONE GOT FAT. A bicycle safety film in which the protagonists are small children wearing disturbing, distorted ape masks.Read more ›
Still fun to watch though...
One Got Fat - This short is about has disturbing as was hinted by the clip. Children with monkey masks riding bicycles into danger. Most of them are killed or injured in some way. All the while a narrator explains away the horror and pain. Lots of material for the riffers to work with and it keeps them quipping away the whole time. One of the highlights of the disc.
5 out of 5 stars
Lunchroom Manners - After some school children watch a puppet show featuring a dunderhead Mr. Bungle, they decide to do everything in their power to avoid becoming him. At first it seems harmless, but after a while we begin to wonder if Mr. Bungle is plaguing their minds. Another very funny short with lots to work with.
4 out of 5 stars
Each Child is Different - This one actually has a sound idea at its heart. It encourages teachers to understand that a child may have other factors affecting their performance in school. But the execution comes across harsh and bleak. Most of the children used as examples lead depressing and dead end lives. As it gets more tragic the funnier it gets. Kind of a mixed bag though. If you laughed at some of the more dark MST3K shorts (Last Clear Chance or Days of Our Years), you'll enjoy this. Others might find this too dark.
3 out of 5 stars
Why Doesn't Cathy Eat Breakfast/Petaluma Chicken - Words can't really describe this one. The first half is 70's and seems to have a narrator asking Cathy why she won't eat breakfast.Read more ›
Another collection of 9 riff-tastic shorts from former MST3K and current Rifftrax performers Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett. Most deal with improving the manners of American youth and health practices and like the first volume is very entertaining for the riff lover in all of us.
Highlights start with "Lunchroom Manners", a short featured on Pee-Wee Herman's HBO special back in the '80's. It's very funny stuff but I was surprised that Mike, Kevin, & Bill missed some obvious targets, listen for the narrator's line "...and he knew what else he wanted." and see just what the boys overlooked. "Each Child is Different", which shows children with different problems at home gets a prime blasting from the Rifftrax trio. The line "Give George some more beans" is right up there with MST3K classic phrase "Watch out for Snakes!" from "Eegah". Few shorts are more weird than "Coffee House Rendezvous", which promotes establishing "coffee clubs" on college campuses for the betterment of the students. Coffee, bad music, and lots of smoking probably didn't convince a lot of university presidents of the idea, but it is funny stuff.
"One Got Fat", narrated by Everett Edward Horton, famous for the "Fractured Fairy Tales" on the Rocky 'n Bullwinkle Show is a pretty tough one to sit through despite some decent riffing. I guess seeing children in disturbing monkey masks will do that. "Are You Popular" has the strobed look of a Youtube video on dial-up. And "Safety: Harm Hides at Home" is pure 70's pain, seemingly influenced by that Saturday morning fave "Isis".
My favorite riff happens at the end of the "Cathy" short from Bill, "Stop the projector? Why didn't we do that four minutes ago?"
The DVD itself is pretty bare bones with no extras, but should be expected for the 10 buck price tag. Let us hope that the Rifftrax trio keeps putting out more winners like this.
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Like all rifftrax collections, some shorts are better than others, but this one has some great ones, including One Got Fat (which has nothing to do with getting fat) and super... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Douglas A. Sommer
Go ahead and laugh, we are miles from where anyone can hear you!Published 10 months ago by Mardi Birch
RiffTrax shorts always make me laugh til tears are falling down my face...this is NOT an exception! My stomach was hurting so hard after this video, I felt like I did 30 minutes... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
I don't know - but I want them to keep going!
These are all funny - and bizarre in that someone actually made them in the first place and people watched them. Read more
If you are a big fan of Mike Nelson and the guys, you are in for a real treat! this collection of shorts is one of the very best -my sister and I could not stop laughing! Read morePublished 22 months ago by Deidre Ann
You already know who they area and what they do... you are already a fan... go on... get it. Word.Published on December 27, 2013 by no one give a sh!+