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Hey Good Lookin' (1982)

An outrageous, affectionate look at coming of age in the Eisenhower era in Brooklyn.

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Vinnie (voice)
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Crazy Shapiro (voice)
Jesse Welles ...
Eva (voice)
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Rozzie (voice) (as Tina Bowman)
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Stomper (voice)
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Stomper (voice)
Tabi Cooper ...
Stomper (voice)
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Waitress (voice)
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Chaplin (voice)
Martin Garner ...
Yonkel (voice)
Terry Haven ...
Alice (voice)
Allen Joseph ...
Max (voice)
Bernie Massa ...
Stomper (voice)
Gelsa Palao ...
Stomper (voice)
Paul Roman ...
Stomper (voice)
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A middle-aged woman meets a strange man on the streets at night who shows her the remains of a leather jacket. He takes her back to Brooklyn of 1953, and tells her about Vinnie, his gang, the Stompers, his girl Roz, his friend Crazy Shapiro, and the all-out rumble with the black rival gang, the Chaplins. Written by MakoNagavatsky

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Ralph Bakshi, creator of "Fritz the Cat" and "Heavy Traffic" brings you the outrageous '50s the way they really were.


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Solly: [after shooting at Crazy] I hate that lousy, no-good kid o' mine.
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Hey Good Lookin' summary
19 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is complete garbage.  None of the characters are interesting, the dialogue cannot be understood, and the storyline is so weak.  The main character, Vinny is a bit of a tool and I've noticed similarities between him and Danny Zuko from Grease.  This could mean that Hey Good Lookin' supposedly ripped off Grease, that would explain why many people hate this film.

Vinny, now that I've compared him to Danny Vuto, that led me thinking about how John Travolta played Vincent Vega in Pulp Fiction.  Yep, and Vincent could be Vincent's real name, but everyone in the film refers to him as "Vinny."  Despite that Pulp Fiction was released 12 years later than Hey Good Lookin', Vinny is more like Danny Vuto, due to the fact that he picks up chicks, has a cocky personality, and is portrayed as a greaser, as well as Grease being released prior to Hey Good Lookin'.

The dialogue is somehow entertaining in certain parts of the film, but mostly involves lots of yelling, cheering and reactions to things.  We see typical conversations in this film, but they're about random things that don't really pertain to what's going on in the film.  After watching the first ten minutes of the film, the dialogue gets boring and loud, sounding like a Looney Tunes cartoon.  And did I mention that Warner Bros. distributed this film?

Despite that this film is considered terrible by many, we come across another positive aspect of this film.  How this film began production.  The slippery slope of how the producers dealt with marketing this film started when Ralph Bakshi started writing the script for this film, after producing Coonskin.  This resulted in Warner Bros. trying to cash in on the film. Many black animators were informed about this becoming a film, so they joined Ralph Bakshi's studio and contributed on this film.  Once they realized how the black characters in the film were given mainstream African American stereotypes, the black animators left the studio; supposedly as a response to how Bakshi avoided giving blacks stereotypes in Coonskin, but exploiting the stereotypes negatively and crossing the line in Hey Good Lookin'.

The film contains live action footage that blended the animated characters with the backgrounds used for the film.  In one scene, the black characters break dance, despite the fact that break dancing wasn't popular to the release of this film.  This film perfected the dance style and this dance became popular among African Americans in hip hop culture.

Since Bakshi wanted the break dancing scenes in the film, a lot of the live action footage was deleted and reshot.  Bakshi was capable of rotoscoping the break dancing scenes, but couldn't on some of the scenes that were reshot due to budget issues.  The film was then shelved until the release of American Pop, and despite that Warner Bros. wanted this film to be a success, it didn't do too well.

If the film is so bad, then yes, the music is also horrible and is rare to find.  This film only became a film because Warner Bros. was fascinated with Bakshi's script, yet I personally find it uninteresting.  The music is cheesy, and pretty much exploits the lifestyle the characters live in.  The music attempts to be 50s music but sounds more like 80s music, the type of music this film has is like the 80s version of Nickelback.  It only gets negative reviews.  

The character Crazy has the stupidest name in the film.  Naming him Kangaroo would've been better, because it isn't too obvious that his personality is like a kangaroo's.  Crazy is clearly really clumsy and goofy and the fact that his name is Crazy makes us know that the film will be boring.

The animation is good, and is supposed to be a representation of Coney Island.  However, there's this one scene where Vinny feels something in the sand and digs up a disturbing skull that petrifies the women at the beach.  And what was their reaction to it?  Well, I don't care, because this is frankly an unwatchable film.


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