Wednesday, August 13, 2014

313 - Earth vs. Spider

With Short: Speech: Using Your Voice

First Broadcast - 10 am Saturday, Sept 14 1991
Excellence Level: Silver
Movie Pain: Low - Nice goofy vibe
Riffing: Solid, good humor
Skits: 2 classics - the rest induced only smiles

Hmmm - Maybe the townsfolk should have asked Glen Manning if they could borrow a shoe? Bert I Gordon films may be high in cheese but they are also so darned earnest. The huge needle in "Colossal Man", a scientist trying to figure out how to turn on a grasshopperin "Beginning of the End" - all of this sounds funny (and it is), but these situations are presented with full gravity and seriousness. Because of this, Bert's movies often are imbued with a charming innocence. You can't hate 'em, so the recipe for a successful riffing rest's in the ability to simply celebrate the goofy vibe.

J&TB do just that: They have fun with a Sheriff who gets a kick out of his own lame jokes, and remark on the silliness of being afraid of a process shot spider. Of course, a boyfriend who always finds just the right words to comfort his worried gal, is good for a chuckle or two as well.

Notable for the introduction of Crow's "Earth Vs. Soup" script and for solving the mystery behind Dr. Erhardts disappearance. I also loved the host segment where Joel shows the Bots those old, dangerous toys we had in the 60's (I miss 'em too Joel).

Shown with an excellent short, "Using Your Voice", which provides plenty of "lip and tongue action". All told, this is an episode which yields a full crop of laughs!

Host Segments
Intro: Crow kind of interviews Servo. Invention: The Mads show us their "Cheese Phone" while Joel demonstrates the CD player-Hair dryer. Segment 1: Our first glimpse at Crow's "Earth vs Soup" script. Segment 2: Rock band "Spy-Dor" and a hexfield visit from the movies janitor. Segment 3: Those wonderful dangerous toys of the 60's! End: Crow & Servo read essays on Bert I. Gordon. Frank suffers from cheese sickness. Stinger: "Muttering Man" from the short.

MST Hour Segments
Part 1: Jack carries a book, speaks of courage and mentions Gary from “30 Something”. 2nd seg: Spiders are icky! Mr. Perkins give a hilarious monologue on his hatred for arachnids. Part 2: Our host is caught in a web as he recaps the film. Seg 2 has him playing with a toy spider and mentioning that this played as a double feature with “The Brain Eaters”. As credits roll he freaks out, fearing a spider has crawled down his coat.

Notable Riffs
Voice Riffs
"Do I please you? Do you find me pleasing?" - Crow as Prof. E.C. Buehler
"This man's wearing a push-up bra. Now "he's" pleasing!" - Crow as Prof.E.C. Buehler
"Oh, and you must have a wire rack." - Servo as Prof. E.C. Buehler
"And what a wire rack." - Joel
"Now this girl is marked by carelessness." - "And the devil." - Prof/Crow

Spider Riffs
"He died as he lived, with jelly all over his face." - Servo
"The spider keeps eating the credits." - Joel
"That dad of mine, he's so thoughtful... and a nightgown too"- Joel as Carols dad
"Hey, professor, Does this count as a lab?" - Joel as Mike
"Buddy Ebson's been here." - Crow
"Uh, Mr. Carol's dad? Mr. Carol's dad!" - Joel as Mike
"Help me find my chin." - Joel as Hugo
"Get inside!" - "Come on, you'll catch your death of cold!" - Prof/Joel
"You know if Jake's had it, it really is bad." - Joel
"It's Snap, Crackle and Pop"
"I'll just stay here and bark out belligerent, fat-assed orders." - Servo as the Sheriff
"So I was sitting by myself, and I said; 'Spider'! Hahh hahh" - Crow as the Sheriff
"You know, that spider's really neat, but there's something really interesting on that wall over there." - Joel

Skit Riff Explained
Don't mention "Emerson, Lake and Palmer" around Gypsy!
Joel says this during the second host segment, but why? Probably because of a lyric found in their song, "Karn Evil 9 (1st Impression)"... "Soon the Gypsy Queen in a glaze of Vaseline - Will perform on guillotine"

Stuff and Nonsense
* The director of the short was Herk Harvey. The man behind the low budget classic "Carnival of Souls". Herk has a bit part in the short (he's guy by the flag) as does Francis Feist (who played the landlady in "Souls") as the woman talking about flowers.

* In the Disney film "Lilo & Stitch", there's a bit where Stitch watches "Earth vs the Spider" on TV!

Available on DVD: Volume 33

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