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May 1, 2007 2:20 AM   Subscribe

Pulp Muppets. The title says it all.
posted by Optamystic (40 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
It delivers what it promises.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 2:25 AM on May 1, 2007


QT wishes he could be this disturbing.
posted by rob511 at 2:25 AM on May 1, 2007


This, on the same site, was funnier.
posted by Neale at 2:50 AM on May 1, 2007


I love that Eric Stotlz is still Eric Stoltz.
posted by 1adam12 at 3:17 AM on May 1, 2007


Regular life-size people in Muppet masks is disturbing. Using actual Muppets would've been funny.
posted by pax digita at 3:26 AM on May 1, 2007


It sometimes still surprises me that people (in this case filmmakers) will put this much effort into fashioning such an elaborate construction out of such a thin and ephemeral set of cultural references. Muppets meets Tarantino. It's like some idea a bunch of drunken college students would've riffed on for awhile and had a few laughs over with their 8th round of daiquiris, then forgotten about the next day.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 3:42 AM on May 1, 2007 [2 favorites]


So much effort. So little point.
posted by rhymer at 3:44 AM on May 1, 2007


It sometimes still surprises me that people (in this case filmmakers) will put this much effort into fashioning such an elaborate construction out of such a thin and ephemeral set of cultural references. Muppets meets Tarantino. It's like some idea a bunch of drunken college students would've riffed on for awhile and had a few laughs over with their 8th round of daiquiris, then forgotten about the next day.

That's a good definition of the modern Internet, no?
posted by humblepigeon at 4:08 AM on May 1, 2007


That's a good definition of the modern Internet, no?

No way! The "modern Internet" is an almost unbelievably vast repository of information of all sorts. Sure, it's full of throwaway garbage, but that's not all it is, by a long, long shot. Is that how you really feel about the internet? C'mon, there's no way you could be that jaded. Because, you know, the internet happens to be the most mind-blowingly enormous encyclopedia the world has ever known, and it's growing by the nanosecond.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:23 AM on May 1, 2007


The internet: Unreliable information and cheap parodies as far as the eye can see!
posted by gorgor_balabala at 4:48 AM on May 1, 2007


That said, Meet the Feebles.
posted by gorgor_balabala at 4:48 AM on May 1, 2007


I said it before on the "Kermit Does Heroin" thread:

I really really hate it when people take something innocent from my childhood and pervert it, or destroy it. Please stop doing that.
posted by splatta at 4:57 AM on May 1, 2007


"The internet: Unreliable information..."

Since your message was relayed via the internet, we can only assume that your defining internet information as "unreliable" in fact means that said information is reliable, no?

"...as far as the eye can see!"

Your eye can only see as far as the links you choose to go to!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:57 AM on May 1, 2007


I agree with flapjax. It looks like a hell of a lot of work went into this, and the result is funny for a second, then creepy for many seconds.

I hope someone at least got some class credit for it.
posted by Optamystic at 4:57 AM on May 1, 2007


A bit of effort, but in some ways, not enough. It would have been significantly improved had they used muppet voices for the characters. Better still if they had done away with the cgi and used the actual muppets to re-enact the whole thing.
posted by psmealey at 4:59 AM on May 1, 2007


splatta, here here, if anyone ever states they are going to "Rule 34" on you, run the other way. Fast.
posted by cavalier at 5:25 AM on May 1, 2007


funny for a second, then creepy for many seconds.

You say that as though it's not a worthwhile goal.
posted by Greg Nog at 5:27 AM on May 1, 2007


Because, you know, the internet happens to be the most mind-blowingly enormous encyclopedia the world has ever known, and it's growing by the nanosecond.

I'm sorry, what did you say? I was busy watching a video of a guy getting kicked in the nuts.
posted by fungible at 5:47 AM on May 1, 2007


I was busy watching a video of a guy getting kicked in the nuts.

Well, I reckon his nuts are growing by the nanosecond too, then. I rest my case.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:55 AM on May 1, 2007


Is that how you really feel about the internet? C'mon, there's no way you could be that jaded. Because, you know, the internet happens to be the most mind-blowingly enormous encyclopedia the world has ever known, and it's growing by the nanosecond.

I see the 'modern Internet' as a separate archaeological layer on top of the 'Internet', which is still around, and traversed by people like our parents. They moved in when we moved out.

But, yes, a lot of the Internet is complete trivia. A shockingly high amount. Worse, people value this trivia. It's symptomatic of the world we live in, really. Movies are considered high art (more evidence of the Tarantino Effect). Having an extensive record collection is a good thing. Travel to a foreign country somehow boosts your life experience more than travelling around your own country (or even truly getting to know your own city/town).

It's the valuing of experience above knowledge. The empirical above the epistemological. You might know something but do you really know it? There's another definition of the modern Internet for you.

(Have I pissed off enough MeFites yet? I've just realised I sound troll-like. Don't worry—even I can argue pretty effectively against myself.)
posted by humblepigeon at 6:02 AM on May 1, 2007


"I see the 'modern Internet' as a separate archaeological layer on top of the 'Internet', which is still around, and traversed by people like our parents. They moved in when we moved out."

Well, then humblepigeon, perhaps it's a generational thing. Please note that when you say "our parents" you are presuming you're having a conversation here with people who are more or less the same age as you. But my parents, you see, never traversed any internet. So I reckon I'm an old-timer. I reckon I never "moved out" of the 'old Internet'... But I'll say this: you can find as many pictures online of Anna Nicole Whatsit's tits as you want, and you can look at 'em all day long. Or, you can find out a whole hell of a lot about the kind of music people make in Mali, or what life might've been like for people in 15th century France, or a kazillion other things that might be worth knowing in this short time we're allotted here on this planet. It's your choice. But despairing over the amount of crap on the internet seems largely a waste of time. That's how it seems to me, anyway.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:21 AM on May 1, 2007


But despairing over the amount of crap on the internet seems largely a waste of time.

That's what TV is for.
posted by three blind mice at 6:28 AM on May 1, 2007


The best part was the casting. Sam the Eagle as Christopher Walken. Beaker as Bruce Willis. Eric Stoltz as himself. Brilliant. The rest, as has been noted, was amusing for a little bit, then stopped being funny.
posted by Joe Invisible at 7:14 AM on May 1, 2007


Needs more Grover.
posted by miss lynnster at 7:23 AM on May 1, 2007


"Because, you know, the internet happens to be the most mind-blowingly enormous encyclopedia the world has ever known, and it's growing by the nanosecond."

It's still mostly porn, right?
posted by Termite at 7:24 AM on May 1, 2007


"Pulp Muppets. The title says it all."
It emphatically does not.

"Pulp Muppets" could be a number of things: In short, I demand more clarity than this.
posted by genghis at 7:38 AM on May 1, 2007


Movies are considered high art (more evidence of the Tarantino Effect).

NOOOOOOOOOOO!
posted by 235w103 at 7:57 AM on May 1, 2007


Metafilter: funny for a second, then creepy for many seconds
posted by CynicalKnight at 8:04 AM on May 1, 2007


Whats strange is that I feel like I've seen this already. Maybe flapjax is right and I was one of those drunking . . .people , having a good laugh at the idea and then forgetting it 3 minutes later. I guess I'll never know.
posted by nola at 8:15 AM on May 1, 2007


Movies are considered high art (more evidence of the Tarantino Effect).

NOOOOOOOOOOO!


That's not true. That's impossible!!!
posted by Bugg at 9:07 AM on May 1, 2007


But Dr. Bunsen Honeydew was perfectly cast.
posted by bayliss at 9:17 AM on May 1, 2007


Stop don't hit me! I'm not a pumpkin
posted by nola at 10:12 AM on May 1, 2007


"Pulp Muppets" could be a number of things

I know I was hoping for some cheap-o 30s novel kind of thing.
posted by JHarris at 11:07 AM on May 1, 2007


Movies are considered high art (more evidence of the Tarantino Effect). Having an extensive record collection is a good thing. Travel to a foreign country somehow boosts your life experience more than travelling around your own country (or even truly getting to know your own city/town).

It's the valuing of experience above knowledge. The empirical above the epistemological. You might know something but do you really know it? There's another definition of the modern Internet for you.


This sort of thing gets to me. Yes, movies are high art. Yes, having an extensive record collection is a good thing. Listen to yourself- do you honestly think that high art is limited to the forms that were invented hundreds of years ago? Do you really think that having access to lots of music is a bad thing? Do you really believe that exposure to other cultures is less powerful than exposure to regional variations on one's own?

I understand the sentiment behind these ideas, but it seems as nonsensical to me as the statement "The empirical over the epistemological", which is like saying one values physics above science. Where does this loathing of modernity come from?
posted by Pope Guilty at 11:09 AM on May 1, 2007


cultural masturbation. There's so much of it going around, but this is just, well... like masturbation not for pleasure but because it has become a habit.
posted by edgeways at 11:13 AM on May 1, 2007 [1 favorite]


Mmmm...timely.
posted by sklero at 11:21 AM on May 1, 2007


Needs more Grover.

Most things do.
posted by Asparagirl at 12:43 PM on May 1, 2007


Manamana
posted by Muddler at 4:02 PM on May 1, 2007


Buddy Rich vs Animal from sidebar of Manamana.
posted by concrete at 6:02 PM on May 1, 2007


For another style of Muppet parody fun (that's definitely not high art) with more puppet, more Kermit, more Animal, and less cgi, check out Galacticast's Heat Fozzy. No Tarantino, but there's a bad DeNiro and Pacino!
posted by agentxti at 8:12 AM on May 3, 2007


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