Cody MacKenzie and his wife Judy have been invited to a very special party - and he'd better behave himself if he know's what's good for him. Judy thinks going is a great career move for Cody, but he's only going to rub elbows (or anything else) with his dream girl...his beautiful boss, Elizabeth Sheridan. Join Cody in this hilarious, award-winning comedy as he attempts to wreck the party with his sledgehammer wit, aiming it at everything from sex to childbirth to televangelism. But if he's not careful, he might just learn something about love and friendship. DVD special features include: Director's commentary, storyboards, Animation Pencil test, Bonus Songs by Toehead, The Strangeways, and the Dead Monkeys.
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I expected only a joke-filled, silly, thin plot, because of the first sketch. However, the opening is the least successful part of this film, and the film's true, deeper meaning sneaks in slowly.
The true purpose of the film lies in the use of familiar characters that are confronted by issues of social and personal conformity. By use of a good story line, the film is engaging, as well as both funny AND thoughtful.
I'd recommend this DVD for the excellent cast and heart-felt production.
This DVD includes the following special features:
Commentary track (83 minutes) featuring:
Brazil J. Grisaffi (Director)
Tiffany Grant (Alicia Dimsdale)
Sheila Sawyer (Art Director, Associate Producer)
George Douglas Lee (Writer)
Robin Craig (Mary Jo Wagstaff)
Hassan Nadji (Director of Photography)
Movie trailer (1:15 minutes)
Anne Quackenbush (2:17 minutes)
Therese Kotara (?:?? minutes)
Michael Gray (1:40 minutes)
Robin Craig (2:16 minutes)
Tiffany Grant (3:04 minutes)
Garrison Wynn (2:11 minutes)
Angela Laux (1:03 minutes)
Barbara Jones (1:22 minutes)
Ruth Ann Black (1:32 minutes)
Tammy Brown (3:00 minutes)
The Revival (extended, 9:30 minutes)
The Castle (extended, 4:30 minutes)
Production storyboard sketches
Animation pencil tests:
The Ugliest Baby
Animation character design gallery
Photo gallery (includes production photos as well as film festival photos)
Music, complete versions of songs heard in the movie:
HOT DOG FOREVER by The Dead Monkeys
CORPORATE MONKEY by The Strangeways
I GOT RELIGION by Toe Head
MR. MONDAY by The Dead Monkeys
MICKEY MACK by The Strangeways
UNCLE GOD by Toe Head
Lovable nitwit Cody McKenzie and his wife Judy are invited to a party. While Judy sees this as an opportunity for her hubby to move up in the world, Cody is more interested in lusting after their host - his lovely boss Elizabeth Sheridan. All throughout the party, Cody's antics ruffle quite a few feathers - one of the most memorable scenes is his heckling of a local televangelist.
My regards to the entire cast and crew - in particular, Brazil Joe Grisaffi III for both directing and acting in the lead role of Cody McKenzie. And my special hats off to Tiffany Grant for her unforgetable performance as Alicia Dimsdale. You anime fans out there will undoubtedly recognize her as the voice of Asuka Langley Soryu from Neon Genesis Evangelion.
LAUGHING BOY's outrageous humor lies in its dialogue, along with quite a few sight gags, including several animated cartoon shorts which give the audience a look into Cody's warped imagination. Yet, amidst all the monkey business are strong underlying themes of love and friendship.
This is definitely one indie worth checking out. Thumbs up!