Jimmy Durante by far is one of the best musicians to come out of America. In fact, every single time I hear him sing, it makes me think of at least one movie in particular: My Stepmother is an Alien.
Now, I know you are probably wondering “Why this connection?”
Have you ever had the feeling that you had some sort of connection to a film from your childhood that you just can’t seem to get away from? That one film that makes you think about your childhood and go “Yeah, that was a great moment.” As silly as this may be, for me that film was My Stepmother is an Alien.
The story goes like this: the first film that I ever saw by myself in the theaters just after sneaking out of school (sorry Mom) was this film. Granted the movie did come out in 1988, and I was still but a wee lass, the film was always being re-shown at the local dollar theater a few blocks away from where I went to summer school. (On a sidebar: Take you hats off to the Dollar Movie Theaters around the U.S.A. they work their butts off to give us cheap entertainmentâ€¦pause for a moment of silence and a sip of whatever you may be drinking.)
Want to win this spare copy we just happen to have lying around? Be my guest. Enter once a day, even!
The annual Annie Awards, presented by the International Animated Film Society, were given out last night. And Pixar rocked the house, taking Best Animated Feature for Ratatouille, Best Animated Short Subject, and THQ even won for their Ratatouille video game. Futurama also took home the Best Home Entertainment Production award for Bender’s Big Score and Aardman won Best Animated Television Production for Creature Comforts America.
Some shows just fit right into the weird, slightly psychotic niche that is our readership. This show is three of those. Coming from the twisted id of Seth Green, it taps into the wealth of useless pop culture knowledge you keep between your ears and barrages you into submission using the double whammy that can only be created by using toys in stop motion skits, some of which are Just Flat Wrong. If you like shows that make you wonder if you’re going to hell for laughing at them, then this is definitely for you. The bits are rapid-fire and mind-destroying. From their many takes on superheroes to the Smurf/Seven mashup, there’s plenty here to disturb.
You should be pleased as well, that Warner Brothers rocked this release with a slew of extras: deleted scenes, deleted animatic bits, behind-the-scenes meetings, comparisons, alternate audio bits, the pilot episode, and our favorite: commentaries with the creative team, including Seth Green with some of the actors.
Written by: Joss Whedon, et al.
Directed by: Joss Whedon, et al.
Starring: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anthony Stewart Head, Allyson Hannigan, David Boreanaz, James Marsters, Nicholas Brendon, and Seth Green
- Audio commentaries for select episodes with writers and directors
- Scripts for select episodes
- Interviews with Joss Whedon about select episodes
- Featurettes on set design, costuming and make-up, and creature design
- Domestic and foreign promotional spots
- Production and pre-production still galleries
- 6-disc boxed set containing all 22 episodes of season 2
Released by: WB Television Network
Rating: NR, suitable for 13+
My Advice: Own it.