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The Skydivers 

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.


Kevin Murphy


Joel Hodgson (creator), Michael J. Nelson (head writer) | 9 more credits »


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Episode cast overview:
Trace Beaulieu ... Crow T. Robot / Dr. Clayton Forrester
Michael J. Nelson ... Mike Nelson
Jim Mallon Jim Mallon ... Gypsy
Kevin Murphy ... Tom Servo
Frank Conniff ... TV's Frank


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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Comedy | Sci-Fi







Release Date:

27 August 1994 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA

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Crow T. Robot: Frolicking has never been so depressing.
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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I love Petey the Plane
5 July 2016 | by ericstevensonSee all my reviews

This episode starts with the short "Why Study Industrial Arts?". The best part there is when they say, "I like the smell of fresh chips and sawdust" followed by "I put them in my underwear!". It's pure hilarity with this short film, especially at the beginning. The segments are some of the best because they seem to feature Crow being injured. You seem to rarely see that much slapstick in the show. It really was different than the usual stuff. I'm surprised that the characters themselves weren't more enraged by the movie. I really do think it's one of the worst they've ever had to sit through. Luckily, these guys make it watchable.

Tom Servo has one of the longest riffs I've heard in a long time on the show with the Petey the Plane routine. It shows up so often but it's all worth it as I couldn't stop laughing at this ridiculous bit. Another part I went nuts at was when the guy said, "Making like a bird, flying up there" followed by "Pooping on people". It's hard to remember which of the individual riffers did the most jokes. I just find Crow to be the funniest. Again, it's with the segments! ****

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