5 items from 2015
If you've seen Naked Gun - or The Naked Gun: From The Files Of Police Squad! to give its full title - you'll know that it's a comedic masterpiece that springboards off astonishing levels of silliness and random spoofery. Leslie Nielsen's Frank Drebin is a loveable buffoon for the ages, even when he's discussing his dicky prostrate. Do not, however, expect the Ed Helms-starring reboot to adopt exactly the same tack.According to Naked Gun director/co-writer David Zucker, talking up Airplane!'s screening at Nashville's Wild West Comedy Festival, the new version will not attempt to hit the same spoofy sweet spot as the Zuckers and Jim Abrahams' 1988 comedy. "It won’t be like the Naked Gun that I did," Zucker revealed. "It may be good, but it won’t be that kind of movie. They’re going to use the title. They asked me if I wanted to produce. »
The original Airplane! certainly ranks as one of the greats in the comedy genre. An undeniable classic, it perfectly utilized the then-bourgeoning slew of survival disaster films and threw them into a blender of satire and sharp, dry wit that would set the bar high for generations to come. Its 1982 follow-up, Airplane II: The Sequel, however. not so much. In fact, it was an unmitigated disaster at the box-office. This is something that the original film.s directors, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker and Jim Abrahams, saw coming, as they not only passed on making the film, but haven't even seen it to this day! Now, in a recent interview, one of the directors has provided a rather blunt, hilarious reason why the latter is still the case. In an interview with Yahoo!, David Zucker, one of the comedic directorial trio behind classics like the original Airplane! as well as the »
Shout! Factory TV, now in its second month, has added three more properties to their growing library of streaming content. These include Gerry Anderson’s Stingray, the Supermarionation series from the mid-1960s, the animated Goode Family, and the 1970s comedy Kentucky Fried Movie.
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The Goode Family (All 13 episodes)
The Goode Family, from executive producers Mike Judge (King of the Hill, Beavis and Butt-head, Office Space) and John Altschuler & Dave Krinsky (King of the Hill, Blades of Glory), comes to Shout! Factory TV this March.
- ComicMix Staff
This summer marks the 30th anniversary of Airplane!, which is arguably the best spoof comedy of all time. One of the reasons it works so well is that it's not a hodgepodge parody of multiple things -- a whole genre or brand or pop culture in general -- the way a lot of modern spoofs are. It's broad in its gag work but very specific in its aim. The 1980 feature is really just a loose remake of the 1957 drama Zero Hour! And that itself was a remake of a 1956 TV movie titled Flight into Danger (which was later adapted into a book titled Runway Zero 8). In a way, Airplane! creators Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker were also lampooning the airline-disaster genre of the 1970s, which mainly centered around the Airport series...
- Christopher Campbell
There’s good reason why “Airplane!” holds Empire Magazine’s title for Funniest Comedy Ever. The 1980 film is a nonstop riot. Written and directed by Jim Abrahams and Jerry and David Zucker, the comedy delivers one endlessly quotable laugh after another for nearly 90 minutes straight. Even if you’ve watched the classic a hundred times, there’s a bit of “Airplane!” trivia you might not know. Granted, the movie is a parody of the disaster flick genre, but it’s specifically a spoof of “Zero Hour,” a 1957 Paramount film in which an air force veteran must fly a passenger jet after everyone else on board succumbs to a bad case of food poisoning. Sound familiar? “Airplane!” borrowed the plot exactly, but went even further. The flying ace protagonist in “Zero Hour” is named Ted Stryker, while in “Airplane!” Robert Hays plays Ted Striker, air force veteran. Even dialogue is lifted »
- Zach Hollwedel
5 items from 2015
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