A janitor at an alien nightclub gets his wish to be a singer.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brad Simonsen ...
Meeper (voice) (as Bradford Simonsen)
Mortonette Jenkins ...
Singing Diva (voice)
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ChubbChubbs (voice)
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Zyzaks (voice)
Rick Zieff ...
Bouncer (voice)
Dustin Adair ...
Glorf (voice)
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Glorf (voice)
Yakov Baytler ...
Glorf (voice)
Mary Biondo ...
Glorf (voice)
Sumit Das ...
Glorf (voice)
Layne Friedman ...
Glorf (voice)
Robert Gordon ...
Glorf (voice) (as Bob Gordon)
Franco Pietrantonio ...
Glorf (voice)
Rick Richards ...
Glorf (voice)
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Glorf (voice)
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The ChubbChubbs introduces the alien inhabitants of the Planet Glorf, including Meeper, its earnest but oh so awkward hero, a singing Diva, the Zyzaks, 20 foot-tall red-eyed bullies, and the ChubbChubbs. In this debut short, Meeper valiantly tries to warn the patrons of the Ale-E-Inn, an intergalactic watering hole with its own constellation of stars, of impending danger only to find himself face to face with the toughest creatures in the universe. Written by Anonymous

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Deciding to be an hero is the easy part... See more »


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Contains many references to sci-fi movies:
  • Gort the robot from The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) can be seen holding an oil can.


  • One of the aliens has a Princess Leia "cinnamon buns" hairdo.


  • An alien from Alien (1979) is drinking at the bar.


  • Darth Vader is arm-wrestling Yoda.


  • The two dancing robots are Robbie from Forbidden Planet (1956) and the Robot from Lost in Space (1965).


  • The alien who warns Meeper about the ChubbChubbs is Jar Jar Binks.


  • One of the escaping spaceships is a Martian War Machine from The War of the Worlds (1953).


  • An escaping alien is riding a bicycle with E.T. in the basket. John Williams E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) score is also referenced.


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Goofs

After Meeper gets thrown out of the inn for the second time, we can hear a distinctive sound of the door being locked. However, a minute later, when Meeper gets inside again through the roof, a messenger comes in opening the door from the outside without any problems. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Meeper: Excuse me. Coming through.
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Crazy Credits

In the final credits, the song listing of "Why Can't We Be Friends" reads: Also Sung very poorly by Brad Simonsen See more »

Connections

Followed by The Chubbchubbs Save Xmas (2007) See more »

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Why Can't We Be Friends
Written by War, Thomas Allen (as Sylvester Allen), Harold R. Brown, Morris D. Dickerson (as Morris Dickerson), Lonnie Jordan (as Leroy Jordan), Charles Miller, Lee Oskar, Howard Scott, Jerry Goldstein
Performed by Darryl Phinnessee, Dorian Holley, Marlena Jeter
Also sung very poorly by Brad Simonsen (as Brad Simonsen)
Produced by Chance Thomas/HUGEsound.com
Published by Far Out Music, Inc./Administered by Universal-Polygram Int'l Publishing, Inc.
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Not perfect but nice and clever while it's on
18 April 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Meeper is a janitor in an alien nightclub. He dreams of being a singer though he is clearly not very good at all. When yet another clumsy accident occurs he is tossed from the club out on the ground. While there he notices a large cloud of dust approaching – the chubbchubbs! He tries to warn the nightclubbers, completely unaware that this may be his big break in show business.

I saw this film on the DVD for MIIB and wasn't sure what to expect or even if it was a spin off from the movie. I had heard of it's Oscar nomination at the time so assumed that it was either really good or that it had got well known off the back of the film. Watching it reveals it to be a nice little short – unassuming and perhaps slightly unworthy of the praise heaped on it (for content anyway) but still fun. The plot is very thin and is really only a setup for some amusing jokes. Most of them are good for kids but adults will enjoy them anyway.

The one thing that let me down was the fact that the film made fun of Jar-Jar Binks (an activity surely everyone supports) but only for 15 seconds! I wanted this mock Jar-Jar to be in it longer to be used better as a target! However Meeper is quite a cool little character and is amusing enough to carry the lead. The plot's thinness is a problem as it doesn't really have anywhere to go to justify the running time – it could easily have lost a minute and still done the same job. However these are minor quibbles.

Technically the short looks good and the animation is smooth and clever. It is funny without ever getting you in stitches like it could have done with a bit more work on the script and plot – it sort of plateau's instead of building. Overall this was a pleasant surprise on my DVD. I don't know if it is worth seeking out by itself but it is worth a watch if you get a chance.


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