F01: Little Red Riding Hood

Episode Running Time: 1hr 48min
Released: November 2000
Movie Links: IMDB, Amazon
Watch on-line: archive.org

Red Since we're all familiar with this famous fairy tale, the movie wastes no time with it. Instead, it focuses on the local Mexican village festival, while the wolf and his skunk partner (don't you remember the skunk from the fairy tale?) mince around on the outskirts of town making empty threats. Eventually, the story staggers to life like a horribly distorted zombie (and, like a zombie, it will do horrible things to your brain). Little Red Riding Hood (she is given no other name) delivers a basket of goodies to grandma, the wolf beats her there and impersonates grandma, and so on. In the end, the wolf ultimately attains his goal of becoming a security guard.

Prologue: The 'bots redesign themselves for the new millenium, only to get into an argument with Mike over exactly when the new millenium begins. Meanwhile, Deep13 has suffered from a nuclear mishap and Dr. Forrester and Frank have hurriedly relocated to the backup headquarters in the basement.

Invention Exchange: The Mads present the Snooze Shovel and Mike produces Spin Art Toast.

Segment Two: The Crooning Cyclones, a musical spoof of The Singing Hurricanes, perform a woodsman worksong.

Wolf and Skunk

Segment Three: Mike and Servo engage in a spirited session of ragging on the cheap wolf suit in the movie.

Segment Four: Crow reads the "modernized" version of Little Red Riding Hood that he's written.

Segment Five: Mike and the 'bots discuss the major artistic theme of the film: hats. Down in Deep13b, Frank and Dr. F settle in for a long, uncomfortable wait.

Stinger: Little Red Riding Hood and her misplaced musical climax

Woodsmen Our first attempt at an MST episode, and the first time I've ever acted in front of a camera. I promise that in the future, when I'm addressing the camera, I will at least try to look in its general vicinity. Thankfully, I was not the only one with problems, as we all had a learning curve of sorts. "We'll fix that in post!" was our battle cry, and it was heard often.

Overall, it was an enjoyable experience, with many laughs and a good time had by all. Then we'd remember "Little Red Riding Hood", that horrible film that got this project started. Tempers would flare, fights would start, and the crew would degenerate into a wild melee with blood and 'bot parts flying everywhere. We destroyed three full Crows just trying to complete The Singing Hurricanes parody!

But now we're done, and when our bodies have healed and the emotional trauma is locked securely away in our subconscious, we can once again look fondly towards our next movie and the happiness it will bring.

Skunk Abusing Wolf Finally, we finished the episode and have tried to get revenge on the cruel movie that started this whole project! I'd like to take a moment to try to describe our perception of this movie and, since you're reading this, I'll crassly presume you're interested.

This movie centers around the wolf and his skunk sidekick. It seems that almost every scene devolves into some odd abuse scene between the two! Are we supposed to not notice this? Are we supposed to treat it like the cartoon violence between rivals such as Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck? Sure, that might arguably have been the writer's intentions, but it doesn't work. When you see the wolf and skunk as real-world people in very poor quality costumes, somehow the magic disappears and what you're left with is a symbolically disturbing relationship in a kid's movie.

As if that weren't enough to make one loathe this movie, there's also quite an excessive amount of singing for a fairy tale. The woodsmen are a droning chorus throughout the film. This inspired us to parody them in one of our host segments, by rewriting their oddly haunting woodsmen song. In the end, we proved conclusively why none of us are professional singers.

So that's the movie. I could tell you more but it really isn't worth it. This movie defies explanation and summarizing. It is not so much a movie as an experience... One that I can recommend only in carefully regulated dosages.