Accidentally Funny: Order is Restored

Accidentally Funny: Order is Restored
To be fair, at least two of the shorts in this program were trying to be funny. Talking garbage cans and hotdogs are rarely utilised for any purpose other than humour. It also can’t be easy to write songs about the metric system or the characteristics and traits of mammals, but thankfully someone did. These funky little ditties, in addition to some bizarre editing and outdated moral crises, provide the types of unintentional humour that are usually only found in Uwe Boll films and church sermons.

Starting out this program is Making a Decision, an educational film about young Eileen, who must decide between going to Tommy’s camera club party and attending a family event. After all, Tommy’s party is at six p.m., which is awfully late. The short ends on a cliff-hanger, leaving it up to the audience to decide the moral outcome. One can only wonder: what would Jesus do?

Following in this stream of moral education is Penitentiary, a "documentary” about what happens to rapists and embezzlers. It certainly is fear inducing, even if prison life is made out to be similar to the constraints of a nine-to-five career. Thankfully, the mood is lightened by the next short Ten: The Magic Number, which preaches the sheer greatness of the metric system. There is little greater in life than phallic space aliens, singing pencils and wives who ask their husbands to pick up a bra (38-D) on their way to the store.

Hopefully Mr. Metric didn’t litter on his voyage through time, as talking litter baskets might chase and accost him, which is exactly what happens in I Am a Litter Basket, a short about hungry garbage bins that revolt against the masses after years of oppression. Aside from people running in fear from inanimate objects, a great deal of humour stems from extras who accidentally laugh when they should be acting scared.

At least that short had a message of telling people not to litter, as Corrections to Classified Publications literally instructs navy men (who look suspiciously like the men on modern day Church St.) how to replace pages in a binder. It’s peculiarly condescending and authoritarian, which makes it all the more amusing.

Nothing in this program is quite as amusing as Case Study — LSD, a short about a young woman who drops acid while jacked up on marijuana. Monotone voiceovers about screaming hotdogs, mixed with some genuinely inspired photography, make this an absolute must-see for anyone who has ever envisioned a treasure troll in a hotdog bun, or anyone who owns pink Capris.

Rounding out the Accidentally Funny program are I’m a Mammal and So Are You, a musical short that points out how humans are similar to beavers, and The Overfamiliar Subordinate, another moral dilemma film about how to deal with touchy underlings.

Fans of unintentional humour will be pleased with the selection here, as there are some memorable gems to behold. Case Study — LSD may actually be one of the greatest things captured on film.