An alien is sent on a secret mission to Earth, where she appears as a gorgeous, attractive, and single lady. Her mission is to make contact with a rather nerdy young scientist, who's quite ... See full summary »
Martin Blank is a professional assassin. He is sent on a mission to a small Detroit suburb, Grosse Pointe, and, by coincidence, his ten-year high school reunion party is taking place there at the same time.
"The Coneheads" is an American short film of under 25 minutes and as it
is directed by Rankin and Bass, it is of course animated. The
characters in here, the ones mentioned in the title, are people whose
heads look like cones. You may have heard of or even seen the live
action film about them. That one actually includes several actors
(including then not yet Oscar nominee Dan Aykroyd) who also perform
with their voices in this little film we have here. And actually some
of them (again including Aykroyd) also participated on SNL when the
Coneheads were invented. But back to this little film here. It was
mildly entertaining I'd say. I am not sure if I could be interested in
watching a show if they had followed-up after this pilot episode, but
for slightly over 20 minutes, it was a somewhat entertaining watch,
occasionally even funny. The central characters come from space to
conquer Earth, but things don't go at all as planned as they have to
run away from stray dogs right away. The family of Coneheads moves into
a house and not much later they seem like normal earthlings actually.
Yes there are some oddities, like with this gift brought by the
neighbors, but also for example daughter Conehead quickly has a human
boyfriend and it seems she adapts to college/high school life really
quickly. And finally, the family is informed that they will not be
taken back by their own any time soon because of the short budget. Hey
who cares if people are stranded on a distant planet. We'll need the
money for other stuff. Okay little film, a bit unusual to watch sci-fi
by Rankin and Bass, but it's working I guess. Watch it if you like old
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