The villains of Deep 13 force Mike and the 'bots to watch Why Study Industrial Arts? (1956) and The Skydivers (1963) after challenging them to a swing choir contest.

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Tom Servo puts on a planetarium show, but Crow ruins it with jokes about Uranus. Continuing the theme of adolescent behavior, Dr. Forrester and TV's Frank challenge Mike and the 'bots to a swing choir contest. Guess which side cheats? Next, the villains of Deep 13 force Mike and company to watch the educational short film Why Study Industrial Arts? (1956) which uses wooden young actors to answer the title question in the most tedious and unpersuasive manner possible. The feature film is The Skydivers (1963), a Coleman Francis opus with a barely detectable plot about adultery, sabotage and long-delayed coffee drinking at a skydiving establishment. The trio suffers through bad continuity, incompetent editing, endless shots of falling skydivers, unappetizing louts in close ups, and the leading lady's helmet-like hairdo. Meanwhile, Crow discovers what a double jock-lock is, cuts himself in half and finds his car at the mercy of Tom Servo's fighter plane. Written by J. Spurlin

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A bad sketch about a swing choir contest, and the awesome ineptitude of the feature film, can't ruin this funny episode
25 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Tom Servo (voice of Kevin Murphy) puts on a planetarium show, but Crow (voice of Trace Beaulieu) ruins it with jokes about Uranus. Continuing the theme of adolescent behavior, Dr. Forrester (Trace Beaulieu in person) and TV's Frank (Frank Conniff) challenge Mike Nelson and the 'bots to a swing choir contest. Guess which side cheats?

Then the villains of Deep 13 force Mike and company to watch the educational short film "Why Study Industrial Arts?" (1956) which uses wooden young actors to answer the title question in the most tedious and unpersuasive manner possible.

The feature film is "The Skydivers" (1963), a Coleman Francis opus with a barely detectable plot about adultery, sabotage and long-delayed coffee drinking at a skydiving establishment. The trio suffers through bad continuity, incompetent editing, endless shots of falling skydivers, unappetizing louts in arbitrary close ups, and the leading lady's helmet-like hairdo. Meanwhile, Crow discovers what a double jock-lock is, cuts himself in half and finds his car at the mercy of Tom Servo's plane.

This funny episode has only two small flaws. One, the film is so awesomely inept that clever mockery seems less appropriate than sputtering outrage. The way Francis, the writer and director, handles the first skydiving death demands nothing less than his exhumation and post-mortem slapping. Two, the swing choir sketch is so unfunny that the silhouettes of Mike and the 'bots should have been shown hooting at it. Otherwise, I recommend it.


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