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Director:
Writers:
Richard Elfman (story)
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Release Date:
21 March 1980 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A chaotic musical fantasy.
Plot:
The bizarre and musical tale of a girl who travels to another dimension through the gateway found in her family's basement. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
If David Lynch Had Directed Betty Boop . . . See more (88 total) »

Cast

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Hervé Villechaize ... King Fausto of the Sixth Dimension

Susan Tyrrell ... Queen Doris of the Sixth Dimension / Ruth Henderson
Gisele Lindley ... The Princess
Jan Stuart Schwartz ... Bust Rod, the Servant Frog
Marie-Pascale Elfman ... Susan B. 'Frenchy' Hercules
Virginia Rose ... Ma Hercules
Gene Cunningham ... Huckleberry P. Jones / Pa Hercules (as Ugh-Fudge Bwana)
Phil Gordon ... Flash Hercules
Hyman Diamond ... Grampa Hercules
Matthew Bright ... Squeezit & René Henderson (as Toshiro Boloney)

Danny Elfman ... Satan

Viva ... Ex-Queen
Joe Spinell ... Squeezit's Father
Brian Routh ... Harry Kipper (as The Kipper Kids)
Martin von Haselberg ... Harry Kipper (as The Kipper Kids)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carmen Angelo ... Featured dancer
Rosilyn Aronson ... First Teasing Girl
Hilary Beane ... Sexy Student
Sugar Bear ... Gunfighting Student, Johnny

Brenda Bernstein ... Featured dancer
Herman Bernstein ... Mr. Bernstein, the Old Yiddish Man
James Bordus ... Gunshot Victim
Bobbi Botton ... Featured dancer
Susan Bridges ... Featured dancer
Albert Brokhim ... Court Trumpeter
Kyra Campinsky ... Featured dancer
Darlene Cloutier ... Featured dancer
Lisa Cloutier ... Featured dancer
Kathleen Conklin ... Featured dancer
Ken Corrone ... Giant Prisoner
Kerry Ann Covey ... Featured dancer
Rosilyn Crinion ... Second Teasing Girl

Richard Elfman ... Masseuse, prisoner
David Erikson ... Giant Prisoner
Christine Fulbright ... Featured dancer
Nela Gary ... Featured dancer
Sydney Haupert ... Featured dancer
Nancy Hoffer ... Featured dancer
Nicholas James ... The Pope
Jennifer Laute ... Featured dancer
Dawn McErrick ... Featured dancer
Mike Morris ... Featured dancer
Joe Munro ... Marching Demon
Dennis Olivieri ... Stuttering Student
Gregg Pope ... Student Dance Soloist
Redonte Reola ... Small Student
Brenda Star ... Sexy Student
Nathan Stelzer ... Featured dancer
Kedric Wolfe ... Human Chandelier / Miss Feldman, the School Teacher

Jan Munroe ... The Headsman (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Elfman 
 
Writing credits
Richard Elfman (story)

Richard Elfman (screenplay) &
Matthew Bright (screenplay) &
Nick L. Martinson (screenplay) &
Nicholas James (screenplay) (as Nick James)

Produced by
Gene Cunningham .... executive producer
Judith Faye Elfman .... assistant producer
Richard Elfman .... producer
Nicholas James .... co-producer (as Nick James)
Martin Nicholson .... associate producer (as Martin W. Nicholson)
Marie-Pascale Elfman .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Danny Elfman 
 
Cinematography by
Gregory Sandor 
 
Film Editing by
Martin Nicholson  (as Martin W. Nicholson)
Nicholas James (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
Marie-Pascale Elfman 
 
Art Direction by
David M. Mackler 
 
Makeup Department
Chris Brice .... makeup artist
T. Farrell .... assistant makeup artist
Julie Johnson .... makeup artist
C. Larrieu .... assistant makeup artist
G. Larsson .... assistant makeup artist
Vicky Ogden .... assistant makeup artist (as V. Ogden)
B. Russell .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
Bill Baker .... production manager
Mark Kitchell .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Frumkin .... second assistant director
Larry Markart .... second assistant director
Martin Nicholson .... first assistant director (as Martin W. Nicholson)
Stephen Sassen .... additional assistant director (as Steve Sassen)
 
Art Department
Ken Corrone .... set designer
David Erickson .... set constructor
Phil Gale .... set constructor
Robert Kaiser .... set constructor
Marie Kordus .... property mistress
Cheri Paul .... assistant props (as C. Paul)
Tom Sewell .... design consultant
John Van Hamersveld .... graphic consultant (as John Van Hammersveld)
Salvador Viento .... construction supervisor
Cathy Walters .... storyboard artist (as Kathy Walters)
Rebecca Wilson .... title artist
Michael Wolf .... assistant props (as M. Wolfe)
Zox .... graphic consultant
 
Sound Department
Jan Brodin .... sound recordist
Angie Carter .... boom operator
Robert Grieve .... foley artist
Laja Holland .... foley artist
Laja Holland .... sound editor
Gerald B. Wolfe .... sound recordist (as Jerry Wolfe)
Gary Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Conrad Rothmann .... special effects rigging and explosion (as Conrad Rothman)
 
Visual Effects by
Larry Bagley .... opticals: MGM Optical Dept.
Frederick Langenbach .... opticals: MGM Optical Dept. (as Fred Langenbach)
James F. Liles .... opticals: MGM Optical Dept.
Tate Smith .... opticals: MGM Optical Dept.
William J. Tomkin .... opticals: MGM Optical Dept. (as William Tompkin)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Garo Barsumian .... best boy
Annette Buehre .... animation camera: Opticam Inc.
Jan Buehre .... animation camera: Opticam Inc.
Lee Grover .... second assistant camera
Alex Hakobian .... gaffer (as Alex Hakubian)
Ron Kaufman .... second grip
Lazlo Mecs .... additional camera operator
Lazlo Mecs .... first assistant camera
John O'Connell .... animation camera: Lumeni Productions
John Sprung .... dolly grip
Thomas Thonson .... key grip
William J. Tomkin .... animation camera: MGM (as William Tompkin)
Tony Valdez .... animation camera: Lumeni Productions
Jürg V. Walther .... key grip (as Jurg Walther)
Hugh Washburn .... second electrician
Guy Webster .... still photographer: animation
Gilbert Yablon .... animation camera: Lumeni Productions
Brian MacDougall .... additional cinematography (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
James P. Alles .... animation assistant (as J. Alles)
M. Davis .... animation assistant
Philomena Gusson .... animation assistant (as Philomena)
John Muto .... animator: animated sequences
John Nelson .... animation assistant (as J. Nelson)
Mitchel C. Resnick .... animator (as M. Resnick)
J. Satriani .... animation assistant
Jim Shaw .... animation assistant (as J. Shaw)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Pat Hurt .... costume mistress
Bonnie Leitch .... costume mistress
Darlene Pratt .... seamstress
Leon Schneiderman .... frog costume
Erica Ueland .... assistant costume mistress
 
Editorial Department
Patricia Summers .... assistant editor
Dennis Michelson .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
James Ackley .... music recordist: Backroom Recorders (as Jim Ackley)
Steve Bartek .... music arranger
Michael Boshears .... music recordist: Spectrum Studios
Loren-Paul Caplin .... musical director
Danny Elfman .... music arranger
Brad Kay .... musicologist
Ken Maytag .... music recordist: Redhouse Recording Studio
Oingo Boingo .... music performers (as The Oingo-Boingo)
Robert Randles .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
G. Bassin .... production assistant
Fred J. Blome .... production assistant (as F. Blome)
Carl Borack .... presenter
Maureen Byrne .... additional dance sequences
Richard Charles Greenbaum .... production assistant (as R. Greenbaum)
S. Jackson .... production assistant
Vinita McClellon .... script supervisor
J.F. Oya .... sales agent
D. Perez .... production assistant
Roger Sassen .... production assistant (as R. Sassen)
Janet Schipper .... photo finishing
S. Simon .... production assistant
Brenda Weisman .... script supervisor
Lonnie Wittenberg .... production assistant (as L. Wittenburg)
Carol Zeitz .... choreographer
 
Thanks
Jack Pill .... special thanks
 

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In the film's commentary, Richard Elfman reveals that the dysfunctional Hercules family was said to be inspired by some "trailer park types" he had lived next door to in Venice: "the father would yell at the mother, the mother would yell at the son, the son would yell at the daughter, the daughter would kick the dog."See more »
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16 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
If David Lynch Had Directed Betty Boop . . ., 22 August 2005
Author: chuckc from Virginia

No live-action movie has ever captured the anarchic feel of the rubbery Max Fleischer cartoons of the 1930s better than "Forbidden Zone." It's an LSD-fueled Betty Boop picture mixed with "Alice in Wonderland" and "The Inferno," all filtered through David Lynch's kaleidoscope (or run through R. Crumb's Cuisinart).

The story, such as it is, deals with the adventures of Frenchy Hercules, who lives over a doorway to the "Sixth Dimension," which is ruled by King Fausto (Herve Villechaize) and Queen Doris (Susan Tyrrell) with sadomasochistic glee. The whole flick really fits the Betty Boop formula perfectly--a shapely heroine (who loves to rumba) falls from her own bizarre "reality" into an even stranger one. Much mayhem and cool swing music ensue, as Frenchy's brother and grandfather (playing the roles of Bimbo and Koko the Clown from the old Fleischer cartoons) try to rescue the unfortunate girl.

This strange mix of animation and live action really has to be seen to be believed--all very low budget and very imaginative (a quality sorely lacking in movies lately). Fans of Oingo Boingo won't want to miss this one (especially group leader Danny Elfman's Cab Calloway-like turn as Satan in the flick's best scene). There are racial and ethnic stereotypes galore, but since this movie seems to exist in an entirely different universe, it doesn't come across as offensive.

Not for everyone--but a "can't miss" for some. Worth seeing just for the musical numbers alone.

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