The Court Jester
Directed by: Melvin Frank, Norman Panama
Written by: Melvin Frank, Norman Panama
Starring: Danny Kaye, Basil Rathbone, Angela Lansbury
Erik: This movie stars Danny Kaye and Basil Rathbone, two of the biggest queers in the entire country at the time this was filmed. That makes The Court Jester sound funnier than it probably is. Danny Kaye later died of cancer, so laugh it up there AFI. In 1956, Court Jester star Angela Lansbury was actually incredibly hot. Now she's a grisly hag. Thanks to this constant reminder that time is turning us all into creatures, The Court Jester is actually more depressing than Brian's Song. The AFI has a pretty weird sense of humor.
Kthor: I blame this movie for those stupid jester hats that grunge kids were wearing at outdoor rock festivals in 1993-1996 or thereabouts. Damn you, Danny Kaye. And damn you, Dr. Seuss, while Iím on the subject.
Seanbaby: A classic comedic device is to describe something with two normal adjectives and then one that's off-the-wall wacky. For example, I like women tall, dark, and covered in my sperm. When the Court Jester people used this technique to create their hilarious tagline, the best they could come up with was, "Singing! Dancing! Jousting!"
Erik: Let's see... singing... dancing... jousting... Well that sou- HUH?!? JOUSTING?!? The shock and comedy of it has caused my monocle to pop out of my eye! I hereby throw myself on the mercy of The Court... Jester, that is!
Seanbaby: Oops, there goes *my* monocle! AND my top hat!
The Muppet Movie
Directed by: James Frawley
Written by: Jack Burns, Jerry Juhl
Starring: Puppets, Lots of Cameos
Erik: I don't know about this one. Seriously, StompTokyo guys, I felt bad when Jim Henson dropped dead too. But that doesn't make The Muppet Movie any funnier. In fact, it kind of makes it less funny.
Seanbaby: Nothing's perfect; not even the Calculando Calrissian 2000. The Muppet Movie probably shouldn't have made the Top 100. I like when the little muppet hands get tugged around by the sticks while they talk as much as the next guy, but I can think of things that are funnier. Like jokes. Or talking sandwiches.
Kthor: I never really viewed the Muppet Movie as a comedy, more like one of those instructional filmstrips that you had to watch in school to tell you to not put glass into your mouth. Too many songs, not enough dongs.