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Spaceballs: The Totally Warped Animated Adventures

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Academy Awardr winner Mel Brooks (The Producers, Young Frankenstein), Spaceballs: The Totally Warped Animated Adventures! reprises the roles of the original Spaceballs cast, including Joan Rivers (The Joan Rivers Show, Shrek 2) as the droid Dot Matrix, Daphne Zuniga (Melrose Place, One Tree Hill) as the lovely Princess Vespa and Brooks as the comic sage Yogurt. Joining the fight against the evil Dark Helmet are unforgettable characters Captain Lone Starr and his half-human-half-canine sidekick, Barf.

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Mel Brooks's resumé lists more than a few winning titles--The Producers, Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles--but it's a sure bet that Spaceballs: The Totally Warped Animated Adventures will never be among them. The 1987 live-action movie that inspired this 2008 series wasn't one of Brooks's masterworks either. But at least it was an amusing Star Wars takeoff with a good cast, and it's Shakespeare compared to this mess, which Brooks executive produced and wrote, in addition to providing the voices for the evil President Skroob and Yogurt, the Yoda-like character who's forever reminding hero Lone Starr (voiced by Rino Romano) to "use the Schwartz." The four episodes contained here all have something to do with Skroob's plan to conquer the universe (with the assistance of the Darth Vader-like Dark Helmet), but whatever passes for plot is entirely secondary to a seemingly endless, unfunny parade of barf gags (the first episode, "Outbreak," is almost nothing but); toilet humor; penis jokes; rampant sexual innuendo; references to other, better movies (The Terminator, Back to the Future, The Wizard of Oz, and on and on); and the usual dose of Jewish "wit." One wonders what kind of audience Brooks was going for. The jokes are too moronic for any sentient grownup and too adult for the younger kids who normally watch animated fare; that leaves adolescent males, who may get a few laughs but will probably be too preoccupied playing video games like the one parodied in "Grand Theft Starship" (an episode that boasts the most clever and imaginative animation) to pay much attention. If this is the best the octogenarian Brooks can do, he should seriously consider retirement. --Sam Graham

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Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001VFM0Y2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,572 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Mel Brooks Spaceballs is in the top 5, if not my favorite movie of all time. So it would only be natural that I would want to get this DVD of the new toon series. Judging from reading about the show being canceled, and a few reviewers saying how bad it was when they saw it on T.V (Which i never got to do) I really was not expecting much at all when I surprisingly got confirmation that this DVD had been shipped (they had canceled it previously, but it's back again now)

It's a shame there is only 4 episodes. The 4 episodes are not exactly faithful to what you know about Spaceballs, but that does not mean they should be dismissed, as I laughed all the way through each episode. There is a couple of times you get a little disorientated wondering why Lonestar and Princess Vespa are not married, or why Sanders and Helmet would call for Lonestars help... but aside from that, Mel could have had a successful series here, had it been given a chance to get some of the kinks out like most first series do... but oh well, what can you do about it now?

Mel returns as the voice of President Skroob and Yogurt, as with Daphene Whats-her-name as Vespa & Joan Rivers as Dot Matrix.... the rest of the characters voices you can get used to, except for Cornell Sanders voice, that one really needed to be re-cast.

Surprisingly the humor was not censured out. I was expected a completely G rated cartoon here, but it's more a PG rated one that pushes the boundary of it. I was surprised at the sexual innuendos and language portrayed, which just made me like it. Had they gone a little bit more raunchier and smuttier, it could have contended with South Park and such shows.

As long as you go in not expecting a masterpeice, then you should enjoy what this show has to offer. Just sit back and remember, it's just for laughs.

Shame there is no bonus features at all :(
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If you are a Mel Brooks fan or just enjoy good parody, I highly recommend this series. It flew under the radar when it was produced a few years back, and it's a shame, because it beats the heck out of what passes for parody these days. It belongs on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, because I honestly think it would find it's audience there. The animation is good, the voice work is top notch honestly, and the parodies of recent movies, and issues like steroid use in sports and video games is really well handled. There is an episode that sort of updates Spaceballs to include the new Star Wars movies, telling the origin of Dark Helmet called Revenge of the Sithee. There are parodies of Jurassic Park, Lord of the Rings, Spiderman and Pirates of the Caribbean just to name a few. All of the episodes are just excellent! This is as close as we'll ever come to seeing Mel Brooks' parody these properties, and his humor is definitely as sharp as ever. The language is rough, and there are many references to bodily functions and lots of sex jokes, so it's not for kids. Fans of Family Guy will appreciate this show very much. It reminds me somewhat of the Clerks Animated show, (another series that missed it's audience) though I have to say, 100 times funnier.

The art of parody is almost lost, and Brooks was the King. Do yourself a favor and pick this set up.

I do think it's a terrible shame that only 4 episodes are included in this set. There were 13 in all, and I think it would be a much bigger seller if they were ALL included.
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Before you even consider buying this: The DVD only contains 4 of the original 13 episodes. Why? I have no idea. Because as disappointing as this series was (limited original cast doing voice talent, bland writing, and very little of the original movie's humor has translated into the show), it was far more disappointing that for whatever reason they decided to only include a portion of the episodes when they made this disc. And honestly, based on the choices they've made as to which particular episodes made the cut, after reading the Wiki page detailing the other ones that they've excluded (incuding parodies of the Star Wars trilogy, Lord of the Rings, James Bond, Jurassic Park, amonst others) it would almost seem like the episodes that were selected are probably the least interesting ones. By the time I got through to the (surprise!) last episode on the DVD, there were actually flashes of hope that it might be improving slightly. And then the episode ended, and there were no more on the disc.

Visually, it was surprisingly good looking, especially considering that it's not even HD, and the animation is passable, but again, the writing and lack of overall humor left me wanting more. All things considered, I'm fairly sure that your money would be better spent on the 25th anniversary edition of Spaceballs (I've been told it's an impressive collection), or elsewhere.
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There are only 4 of the 13 episodes on the disk. The flash animation is less smooth than an episode of "Homestar Runner". It is definitely NSFW (PG-13 at best) The voice work is top notch but that cannot save it.
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great! Same writing, same characters, and filled with the great wit and charm. definitely a Mel Brooks project. loved it except an episode is missing
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When I was a kid I love watching Spaceballs and other movies made by Mel Brooks. When I heard a lot about the animated series I was excited. But first I get the chance to watch Spaceballs: The Totally Warped Animated Adventures. Watching this brings back a lot of memories, even though it's a lot different between the animation and the original movie. I even watch it with my family and it made them bring back memories. Plus it's great to hear Mel Brooks is lending his voice along with Daphne Zuniga and Joan Rivers. So if you're a longtime fan of Mel Brooks and Spaceballs, ignore the negative reviews and pick up a copy today.

And one last message to all the longtime Spaceballs fans: May the schwartz be with you!
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