A kids show host, Rainbow Randolph, is fired in disgrace while his replacement, Sheldon Mopes, aka Smoochy the Rhino, finds himself a rising star. Unfortunately for Sheldon, the business of kids television isn't all child's play.
In the midst of his crumbling relationship, a radio show host begins speaking to his biggest fan, a young boy, via the telephone. But when questions about the boy's identity come up, the host's life is thrown into chaos.
When his son's body is found in a humiliating accident, a lonely high school teacher inadvertently attracts an overwhelming amount of community and media attention after covering up the truth with a phony suicide note.
Fired in disgrace, kids show host Randolph Smiley finds himself out on the street, while his replacement Sheldon Mopes, finds himself on the fast track to success with a new hit show as the proud purple rhino Smoochy. But things take a turn for the worst when Sheldon finds out that some of the people that he works with, and some he doesn't know he's working for, are all in it for the money. Meanwhile, Randolph is slowly turning insane with his only thoughts focusing on killing Smoochy and getting back to his life of luxury.Written by
When hosting The 78th Annual Academy Awards (2006), Jon Stewart mentioned this movie as one of his few acting jobs. He said "Welcome to the Seventy-Eighth Annual Academy Awards... hosted by me... the fourth male lead in "Death To Smoochy". Rent it." See more »
Sheldon says that he was born on the day Sesame Street premiered, 11 November 1970. In fact, it premiered on 10 November 1969, which was 366 days earlier. See more »
[his theme song]
Friends come in all sizes/ That's a fact, it's true/ All the colours of rainbow/ From mauve to blue/ The names are different/ The shoes don't match/ Some like to toss/ And others to catch/ One might say grasp while the other says snatch/ Because... friends come in all sizes/ Take it from me/ Golly gee/ Size doesn't matter/ When you want some friendly patter/ From a pal who is true/ And will lift you up when you're blue/ You can count on him/ He can count on you/ It's true/ It's ...
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The theatrical version of the movie was 1 hour and 49 minutes. The deleted scenes were being included on the DVD release.
Deleted scenes on DVD includes:
Angelo's Announcement: Angelo Pike making the announcement during the opening of The Rainbow Randolph Show.
Sonny & Gordon & Ben Franks: Sheldon talks to Sonny and Ben. Sheldon wanted animals from Sonny for the fans of his show but, there were some issues going on. Ben offers Sheldon a bride by giving the $100 bill.
Tinpan Takashi: Frank Stokes offers Merv Green to take Takashi to KidNet Studios after Smoochy being framed as a Nazi.
Merv Threatens Stokes: Merv Green threatens Frank to get Takashi to replace Smoochy's time slot.
Angelo and Randolph on the phone: In Times Square, Rainbow Randolph talks to Angelo that he didn't kill Spinner and wanted to go back to his apartment. Angelo told him to go to the old biscuit factory at the underground so he doesn't get caught by cops.
Last Nappy Time Song: The song played during Spinner Dunn's funeral.
Extended Merv Green's death scene" In the extended version of the scene, the blood splatters and passes Tommy's face and splashes to the wall.
Buggy in the bathroom: Before the ice show incident, Buggy went to the bathroom, turns on the sink, sits on a toilet and takes out heroin (a.k.a. smack).
Which way did he go?: Sheldon removes his ice skates and continues chasing Burke. Nora was following him. Angelo pike arrives. Tommy and the gang asks Angelo which way did Smoochy go.
Boom! Boom!: Sheldon and Nora leaves the area. Burke and Frank were killed by Tommy's gang. See more »
I'm almost embarrassed to say it but I really enjoy this film. I say that because of the humor is sick, mainly the tirades spouted by Robin Williams (especially with kids nearby). Otherwise, this black comedy offers a really wonderful character as the lead good guy: "Smoochy the Rhino," played well by Edward Norton. How Norton could deliver some of these lines with a straight face is beyond me. He must have required numerous takes. He's a real hoot in here.
Despite what you might have read from national critics, there are a lot of laughs in this film. I also thought the cinematography was interesting with vivid, fascinating colors and some nice closeup shots. For a comedy, I don't expect photography to be as good as it is in here. Kudos to the director and cinematographer.
Williams, as the bitter dethroned kiddies TV host, " 'Rainbow' Randolph Smiley," is, well.....Robin Williams, which means very profane and very funny. I expect that sort of profanity out of him, and he gets away with it here and there because of his great comedic talent, but I hate to hear it from female leads who are supposed to be likable. That's the case with Catherine Keener, who seems to play a lot of these hard-looking, foul- mouthed women.....although "Smoochy" finally softens her up by the end of this story.
At any rate, you have to appreciate black comedy and this kind of almost-perverse humor, to like this movie. Of acquaintances who have viewed this film, I am the only one who liked it
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