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The Chubbchubbs! (2002)

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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Storyline

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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A little alien with a big problem. 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

After the ending credits there is a sequence where Meeper performs his own version of R-E-S-P-E-C-T at the bar. The audience doesn't seem to react to him very positively until the chubbchubbs who are his backup singers show them their teeth. See more »

Connections

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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Colorful Visuals More Than The Humor Captured My Eye
2 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is another one of these new strange cartoons with not much a storyline and not a lot of jokes but great visuals. The colors in here also are fantastic. It is the visuals, however, that captivate.

We are on some planet in which an Aretha Franklin-alien is on stage singing her famous song and our hero Meeper, the janitor, messes up. He is one-man disaster crew for Franklin, inadvertently turning her into toast a couple of times while she was on stage performing. Meeper, who daydreams of being a singing star, is no singer as we see in his karaoke bit.

Anyway, after getting thrown out of the Ale-E-Inn (get it?) nightclub-bar, he sees a mushroom cloud on the horizon and tries to warn everyone that the "Chubbchubbs" are coming.

When they do, without spoiling anything, we get a big surprise.

I didn't find anything to laugh out loud but I did think this was "cute" and very entertaining, enough to watch it again to see what I missed the first time, where I caught a few quick sights of characters from past sci-fi classics.

Overall, a fun cartoon and an appropriate one to the equally-fun "Men In Black 2" DVD. This is a feature on disc one of the two-disc special edition.


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