Spaceballs: The Totally Warped Animated Adventures
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
The crazy adventures of Lonestar, Barf, Dark Helmet and the rest of the intergalactic crew from the 80's smash comedy are brought to us in animated form...depending on your definition of the term "animated".
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Going into reviewing this series, I had never even known of its existence (and I’m a fan of Spaceballs). That was the first sign of trouble. So I looked at the back of the box, and saw that the only three original cast members who lent their voices to it were Mel Brooks, Joan Rivers and Melrose Place's Daphne Zuniga, (Princess Vespa). That was the second sign of trouble. Then came the moment where I actually pushed ‘Play’ on my PS3 and got my first peak at the crappy pseudo-flash animation, and then the moment when I heard the dialogue in the first episode, which consisted of gems like “What a pair of Tweedle Dumb and Tweedle Dumber!” Is that even proper grammar?
Shame on Mel Brooks for unleashing this hap-hazard, half-hearted monstrosity on the public. His original film is a parody masterpiece, where the plot, dialogue, and performances all shined with a perfect mix of quirkiness and creativity. In contrast, the first episode of this animated series, as just one example, relies almost entirely on vomit gags and a few fart jokes, and literally feels like it was drafted by the writers in one sitting over a lunch at Burger King.
I’ve literally seen user-created YouTube videos with better animation and funnier dialogue, which leads me to hypothesize that either Mel Brooks, in his old age, had a surgical procedure that necessitated the removal of his funny bone, or he owes his bookies a few thousand bucks and needed to produce something FAST.
I just can’t fathom any other plausible explanation for this interstellar heap of space junk. Even if you are somehow a fan of this, you only get 4 episodes here, which according to imdb, is less than a third of the show's 13 episode run.
There are no extras to speak of, thank God. You can either watch the episodes individually or in a "Play All" format (they say "Play Feature" as if these things somehow fit together to form a film).
In between each episode you have "intermission" videos where Mel Brooks and Dark Helmet perform more painfully unfunny skits.
Too crass for children, too stupid for adults, too insulting for any real Spaceballs fan, Mel Brooks' latest endeavor is as good a sign as any that the great comedic mastermind should hang up his hat and enjoy his well-earned retirement. If you're looking for a genuinely funny animated Spaceballs-type film, check out the two Family Guy Star Wars parodies instead.