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I Thought I Told You to Shut Up!! (2015)

In 1977, David Boswell created the comic book anti-hero Reid Fleming, the World's Toughest Milkman. More than 30 years later, the big screen Hollywood adaptation remains in contractual limbo. Narrated by Jonathan Demme.


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Credited cast:
David Boswell David Boswell ... Self
Jonathan Demme ... Narrator (voice)
Matt Groening ... Self
Kevin Pollak ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edward Asner ... Self (as Ed Asner)
Richard Beattie ... Self
Bill Gerber ... Self
Tom Hawthorn Tom Hawthorn ... Self - Journalist
Jeph Loeb ... Self
Marv Newland ... Self
Dave Thomas ... Self
Gordon Tipple ... Self
Matthew Weisman Matthew Weisman ... Self


In the late seventies David Boswell created Reid Fleming, the World's Toughest Milkman, a comic book anti-hero and counter culture icon. By the following decade, Warner Brothers was preparing a Hollywood feature film. Now, over 30 years later, the character is still mired in contractual limbo, or development hell. Narrated by Academy Award-Winner Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Stop Making Sense (1984)), I Thought I Told You To Shut Up!! combines stop motion animations with interviews from Boswell, his Hollywood friends, and fans as they discuss the enduring appeal of the World's Toughest Milkman.

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Other actors who have wanted to play Reid Fleming include Jim Carrey, John C. Reilly, Billy Bob Thornton, Jon Lovitz, Jim Belushi, and Bobcat Goldthwait. See more »


References Teen Wolf (1985) See more »

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Not as interesting to the casual viewer as it could have been, but done with energy, brevity, and some big names
25 October 2015 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Put it down to an addiction to online short films, but I ended up watching this film not only not knowing anything about David Boswell or his creation 'Reid Fleming', but I even did not know a single thing about the film other than it was a documentary and had a pretty catchy title. The film, as I discovered, is about this particular cult cartoon character and, by extension, the failure of Hollywood to make anything happen with it – or for the studio owners to allow others to progress it.

With this approach the film becomes two things. Primarily we learn about Boswell and his creation of this tough milkman (the world's toughest in fact). Secondly we learn of the production dead zone in which the material now lives vis-à-vis the potential for the material to be a film. As a whole the documentary is delivered with a lot of energy and style. Different types of animation are used, the pace is fast but never rushed, and the contributions feature many big names and familiar faces (such as Matt Groening, Kevin Pollack, Ed Asner, and others); generally this all makes a film that has good forward motion, provides a lot of information in a fun accessible way, and is frankly easy to watch and be entertained by.

However at the same time there didn't seem to be as much other than that as I would have liked. The key disappointment is that the film had the chance to use this case study as a closer look at the frustrations of the Hollywood machine. Several contributors mention this but yet it is not really explored as I would have liked. So, without this it does feel like a film that is trying to find enough of an audience to force Warner Brothers to do something with their rights, rather than having an agenda specific to the viewer of the film. The energy, the contributions, and the varied delivery all still makes it a fun watch, however it is not as interesting or rewarding as this suggestions it could have been.

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