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The Chubbchubbs! (2002)

G  |   |  Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi  |  3 June 2002 (USA)
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A janitor at an alien night-club 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)
Peter Lurie ...
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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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 »

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

In the final credits, the song listing of "Respect" reads: Respect Written by Ottis Redding Performed by Mortonette Jenkins And Spelled very poorly by Brad Simonsen See more »

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Spoofs Alien (1979) See more »

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Respect
Written by Otis Redding
Performed by Mortonette Jenkins
And spelled very poorly by Brad Simonsen (as Brad Simonsen)
Produced by Chance Thomas/HUGEsound.com
Published by Irving Music, Inc.
Courtesy of ATLANTIC RECORDING CORP.
By Arrangement with WARNER SPECIAL PRODUCTS
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Academy Award-winning short
2 May 2003 | by (The Hague, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

'The Chubbchubbs!' is a nice animated short that won the Oscar in its category. I have to admit it is pretty funny. There are a lot of references to science-fiction films. Obvious references are Darth Vader, Yoda and Jar Jar Binks from 'Star Wars' and we see E.T. in a bicycle. Harder to find but also there are references to 'Alien', 'The Day the Earth Stood Still' and 'Lost in Space'.

So the short is fun because you can spot the little references, but without those things it is quite good anyway. The animations are very well done, the story has a nice little twist and simply said, it is funny. Most animated short films have the biggest laugh in the end, 'The Chubbchubbs!' is no exception, but there are quite some good moments before that as well.


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