Mel Brooks' Spaceballs: The Totally Warped Animated Adventures

Mel Brooks' Spaceballs: The Totally Warped Animated Adventures
There are a couple of commonly held myths in comedy that demand to be dispelled. First is the idea that all comedy has its origins in tragedy. Think of the chicken crossing the road to get to the other side. Unless the bird in question is quite literally clucking past the grave there's nothing tragic about this scenario. Another common comedy falsehood is the assumption that Mel Brooks is funny. He's not. Sure, you may think he is. But that's only because he's managed to parlay his life as mid-20th Century comic and impressionist into a handful of shitty comedies that you'd have be either preadolescent or a zillion years old to laugh at. Nowhere is Brooks' hackish lack of comedic acumen more apparent than in these Spaceballs cartoons. Again, you're probably thinking, "But Spaceballs! That movie's hilarious!" Yeah, it is pretty hilarious, when you're a kid and your only pop culture reference pool is the Star Wars franchise and your parents' have been too lazy to teach you not to laugh at horseshit puns like "Pizza the Hut." Imagine a "Pizza the Hut" joke spun out to four 22-minute episodes and you can start imagining how hopelessly awful this "totally warped" series is. If you laugh at lines like "Such deep, dark bowels. Perfect for a deep, dark ship" or easy blowjob jokes, you should probably congratulate yourself for being either a 32-year-old virgin watching Spaceballs: The Totally Warped Animated Adventures in your uncle's basement or a nine-year-old boy. I guess it's no real surprise that this is just some vapid cash-grab. After all, Brooks did manage to turn his shitty movie, The Producers, into a shittier Broadway musical, and then turn that Broadway musical into another somehow even shittier movie and the basis of a Curb Your Enthusiasm plot arc. But there's more! Special features, like animated vignettes of Brooks' President Skroob character half-assedly trying to conquer the galaxy while spouting Yiddish nonsense words! Oy vey, this schmuck's schlock's got me all verklempt over here! (MGM)