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Thumbtanic (2000)

A parody story about the sinking of the unsinkable ship

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Mr. Prickle / Bartender / Lice Checker #2 (voice)
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The Interviewer / TV Anchor / Elvis / Lookout #2 / Rich Man at Dinner / 'Shuffle Board Finals?' (voice)
Tony Pyle ...
Submarine Pilot / Excited One-Eyed Thumb / Lookout #3 (voice)
Eric Trueheart ...
'All Aboard' Steward / 'Good Gravy, What a Ship!' / 'Lovely Ship' Balloon Head (voice)
Jenny Rose ...
What a Lovely Big Ship!' / 'We're Going Down! (voice)
Joe Liss ...
It's a Big Ship!' / Bedwetter / 'I Wet Myself (voice)
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Tim Tarkinan ...
It's a Big Ship (voice)
David Floyd ...
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Geranium's Servant / Rich Woman at Dinner / Budget Saving Man's Wife (voice)
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Jim Hope ...
I'm Really a Woman / Lookout #4 / Life Jacket Guy (voice)
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A parody story about the sinking of the unsinkable ship

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The writer (Steve Oedikirk) also wrote the screenplay for Bruce Almighty See more »

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Geranium: Yawn. I'm tired of being rich. I want to be poor: dance with paupers, and have sex in a car. Oh, I do so want to be poor.
Geranium's Servant: You want to be poor? Are you half crazy? I work eighteen hours a day, for a mere shilling a week; then I return to a freezing room the size of a closet! Oh, I would pack myself in excrement if it meant just staying one degree warmer.
Geranium: I do so want to be poor... except for all those parts.
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Not as amusing the second time round.
22 October 2000 | by (Japan) – See all my reviews

The Thumb idea isn't such a winner the second time round. ThumbTanic wasn't as good as Thumb Wars for a number of reasons. Primarily, I think, Mr Oedekerk had far less to work with in the Titanic send-up. Unlike Star Wars, the movie Titanic hasn't (yet?) become a cultural myth and there are far fewer references to be made which will resonate with the audience.

In ThumbTanic, the holes are filled by one-off jokes which don't really seem related to anything. For example, the hero's insinuation that the heroine isn't clean during the "jump off end of ship" scene - it's not funny. Rather, you just think to yourself, "Did I miss something in the original movie?". There were too many of these type of baseless jokes (cf. arachnid).

By contrast, the send-up of the smarmy ship's designer had meaning and was funny. Also very funny was the send up of the bloke in the movie who wanted to go "faster" as a maniac running around demanding *everything* be "faster" including the sinking of the ship and himself being the first to die. These sort of jokes meant something in the Titanic context and lent meaningful humour to Thumbtanic.

The thumb "media", the faces and the voices, are still amusing. The props and sets and the CG animation are worthy of appreciation. Overall, although ThumbTanic proves that quirkiness alone won't work, this filmette still keeps you amused and chuckling to the end.


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