Videogame Theater Frank Meyer & Scott Chernoff

Videogame Theater Frank Meyer & Scott Chernoff
Pinning the frog from Frogger as a terrorist, Qbert as a mentally retarded action hero and Pac-Man as a drug addicted bigot, Videogame Theater attempts to provide comedic back-story to some of the most famous icons of the gaming universe. Unfortunately, very little about the show proves particularly amusing, regardless of Lara Croft's lesbian antics and Mario's desire to put hot Mozzarella cheese up Princess Toadstool's fanny. The strongest episode, sadly, might be the one in which the fellow from Joust develops an explicitly sexual relationship with his homosexual ostrich, which impedes their ability to joust against various buzzards and fowl during competition. Every episode, like this one, covers juvenile territory without a great deal of wit or originality, and is seemingly content in catering only to those who might be stoned while viewing. As such, this show may be considered genius to those who enjoy Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Airing only on MTV Europe, Videogame Theater consists of 14 five-minute episodes that either tell inappropriate stories about a popular videogame character or chronicle the rise and fall of Pac Man, his wife Ms. Pac Man and their gay son. All of these stories are told with puppets that occasionally get naked, shoot heroin and drop the F-bomb. The idea of the series is far more interesting than the reality, as some of the stranger characters in the gaming world inherently offer loads of material to work with. Included with the DVD is a behind-the-scenes video, which is essentially the creators singing, eating lunch and manoeuvring puppets into a sexual positions. In addition, a brief "Meet The Puppets" featurette introduces some of the main puppets in the series, as hosted by creator Frank Meyer. Lastly, a German interview is included, which the creators probably found amusing for the sole reason that it's in German. (MVD)