Back in 2002, FOX Network aired a show called Greg The Bunny. It starred Seth Green and a bunch of puppets that were real. See, the premise is that all of those puppets you see on television are actual living creatures. The show had potential, but it was hamstrung by being on a broadcast network.
Now IFC has picked up the basic idea, with a lot less Seth Green, and run with it. The two-disc set has 14 film parodies starring the star of the show, Greg, along with Warren the Ape, Count Blah, and The Wumpus. There’s a fifth puppet, but he’s hardly in it and his name escapes me.
These guys parody anything that might be considered independent. Let’s run down a list of the victims, shall we?
- Pulp Fiction
- Easy Rider
- Annie Hall
- Barton Fink
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Auto Focus
- The Addiction
- Down By Law
- Ed Wood
- The Godfather
- Natural Born Killers
- and something called simply, Blah.
My favorites would have to be Pulp Fiction, called Dead Puppet Storage here, and Martian Serum Seven From Mars, which is Ed Wood, sort of. That’s the really great thing about these 12-minute parodies. They use the basis as a jumping off point and run with it. Warren is so obnoxious it isn’t funny and, for some reason, puppets are allowed to have sex with hot girls. Not sure how that works, but who am I to argue about getting to see hot girls?
Count Blah kills me every time he talks because he punctuates each sentence with the word, ‘blah’. And if you mention The Count from Sesame Street, he goes off like Martin Landau playing Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood.
From the opening credits, which are a rip from The A-Team, to the fact these are anything but lovable and cuddly puppets, Greg The Bunny is one of the funniest things I have seen in quite some time. And, since each episode is only 12 minutes long, they tend not to bog down in the middle like so many other lengthy parodies do.
The DVD set has commentary for all of the episodes, deleted scenes, a gag reel, and the obligatory photo galleries. There are also two featurettes, one, entitled Affirmative Action is okay, but the one called Ezekiel 25:17 is by far one of the funniest things on the disc, funnier than a few of the episodes.Powered by Sidelines