Post by TV's Cowboy on Jan 15, 2013 19:55:29 GMT -5
Taken from issue 138 October 1970(The issue has Alfred sleeping on Snoopy's Dog House). Not only was Marooned the only MSTed movie to win an Oscar, but also the only one that got spoofed in Mad magazine. Which begs the question, which is the better accomplishment? Here's scans of the spoof.
Post by Monophylos on Jan 15, 2013 21:59:11 GMT -5
Very nice! I confess I've never been a huge fan of MAD's style of movie parody, but there's always a lot of humor in the art (e.g. the guy watching "Dark Shadows" on one of the mission monitors, the Russian astronaut who looks exactly like Khrushchev.) And it is pretty funny how all three astronauts' wives were hoping they wouldn't come back.
Taken from issue 138 October 1970(The issue has Alfred sleeping on Snoopy's Dog House). Not only was Marooned the only MSTed movie to win an Oscar, but also the only one that got spoofed in Mad magazine. Which begs the question, which is the better accomplishment?
Whoa, alright! I used to read Mad avidly, up until I was about fifteen, when I graduated to the National Lampoon. I also remember that parody quite well; I was always a huge fan of Mort Drucker's art in Mad. I saw Marooned just the previous summer, so it being still fairly fresh in my mind made the parody even funnier. One of the things I dug about the Mad parodies is that they went out of their way to beat up on major movies which were considered "great" by critics and audiences alike. Kubrick's 2001 is on my short list of the most life-changing movies of my youth, and still I absolutely loved the Mad parody.
I'm afraid that Experiment 401 was one of the few I missed for some reason -- was out of town, couldn't get the remote away from my wife, I forget -- so I need to get over to YouTube and check it out.
Looking back, I'm rather surprised that Marooned won an Oscar for special effects. I was already a hardcore spaceflight geek at the time, so I suppose that kind of ruined it for me; throughout the whole movie, I was picking out stuff that was really, really, totally wrong about the way it depicted the Apollo spacecraft, the astronauts' suits, and how EVAs (spacewalks) are conducted, and why launching a rescue mission with an experimental lifting-body spaceplane with room for only one man and no pressurized docking hardware was a really rock-stupid idea. I was amazed at how, with a wealth of NASA spaceflight photography and technical expertise available, Marooned could still screw up even basic things such as how objects are lit in Earth-orbital space.
But, aaaaaa-aanyway, back to the original question. It's a tough call, as I'm a huge fan of both Mad and MST3K. I suspect Robert Altman, the movie's director, is well aware that the Mad parody and the MST3K "treatment" exist, though I'm guessing that the Mad magazine treatment probably stands out more owing to its having been published so soon after the movie was released.
"You've beat the stuffing out of three preppies and given away the girl, but before the day is through you'll take enough drugs to kill a horse -- now, it's Miller Time!" -- Joel Robinson, Experiment 207