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I love the monkey's uncle and I wish I were the monkey's aunt!
July 21, 2009 12:56 PM   Subscribe

When shitty '90s movies come to life: "Hit by a string of thefts, the owners of Plants & Planters in Richardson (TX) installed surveillance cameras in the hopes of recording the suspects in action, WFAA-TV reports. The cameras recorded images of what appears to be a monkey scooping up plants, flowers and accessories and handing it to someone waiting on the other side of a fence. In all, the monkey got a few dozen plants, flowers and concrete statues."

"The monkey has not been arrested and the owners of the store tell WFAA reporter Steve Stoler they don't want the cops to pursue this any further because they actually find it humorous."

To keep my journalistic integrity I must disclose the following: I know about this because my mother is a regular at Plants & Planters. She does not, however, know the monkey.

Bonus: The Beach Boys featuring Annette Funicello: "Monkey's Uncle".
posted by item (31 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
How dare you insult Monkey Trouble!
posted by Lacking Subtlety at 1:00 PM on July 21, 2009


More acutely, however, my friend noted that this is eerily similar to when Homer would have Mojo steal him things in The Simpsons.
posted by Lacking Subtlety at 1:01 PM on July 21, 2009 [2 favorites]


Aww, fuck it - I know you're going to ask for it anyway, so here's Monkey Trouble in its entirety: parts 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
posted by item at 1:03 PM on July 21, 2009 [1 favorite]


I once had a gibbon I trained to rob pharmacies at gunpoint.
posted by dortmunder at 1:06 PM on July 21, 2009 [1 favorite]


Whats next? Dobermans robbing banks?
posted by Sailormom at 1:09 PM on July 21, 2009


How dare you insult Monkey Trouble!

I agree. It's attitudes like yours that make Dunston check out.
posted by hifiparasol at 1:10 PM on July 21, 2009 [8 favorites]


ALTERNATE LINE: You, sir, are the Least Valuable Primate.
posted by hifiparasol at 1:12 PM on July 21, 2009


ALTERNATE LINE: It's a greenhouse! A GREEEEENHOUSE!
posted by hifiparasol at 1:14 PM on July 21, 2009 [2 favorites]


Orangutan, Ma. Clyde's an orangutan.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 1:17 PM on July 21, 2009 [1 favorite]


Any which way you can pile-on
posted by item at 1:19 PM on July 21, 2009 [2 favorites]


I'm expecting a MeTa some months hence in which it's revealed that Item's mother does, in fact, know the monkey.
posted by ardgedee at 1:19 PM on July 21, 2009 [2 favorites]


I sat through a car commercial and local yabbering TVNewsdroids, expecting to see surveillance camera monkey hijinks. I just saw the same second and a half of footage over and over. I am unimpressed.
posted by bonobothegreat at 1:27 PM on July 21, 2009


Metafilter: I am unimpressed.
posted by jbickers at 1:28 PM on July 21, 2009 [1 favorite]


Bonus: The Beach Boys featuring Annette Funicello: "Monkey's Uncle".

OH GOD THE LYRICS THEY BURN

Seriously, awesome singing, but what the hell were they thinking?
posted by nebulawindphone at 1:36 PM on July 21, 2009


bonobothegreat: Sorry. I left the HD footage of the monkey heist in my other pants this morning.
posted by item at 1:41 PM on July 21, 2009


Seriously, awesome singing, but what the hell were they thinking?

"Please don't hit us again, Murray. We'll do the Disney movie."
posted by item at 1:41 PM on July 21, 2009 [4 favorites]


"More fun than humanly possible." Awesome line.
posted by PHINC at 2:01 PM on July 21, 2009


This is a case for Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp!
posted by ericb at 2:11 PM on July 21, 2009


I think I've said this here before, but the first robot-assisted bank-robbery is going to shake some things up.
posted by @troy at 2:22 PM on July 21, 2009 [1 favorite]


Cover me, darling please!
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 2:33 PM on July 21, 2009


Bababooey!
posted by punkfloyd at 2:36 PM on July 21, 2009


This is almost as bad as when that black bear robbed a subway restaurant.
posted by kiltedtaco at 3:11 PM on July 21, 2009 [1 favorite]


It's not just Monkeys, Bears and Dogs.
posted by JBennett at 3:27 PM on July 21, 2009 [1 favorite]


That would have to be one hell of a lemur to steal concrete statues.
posted by dead cousin ted at 3:38 PM on July 21, 2009


Everybody's got somethin' to hide, 'cept for...
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:30 PM on July 21, 2009


Before you go anywhere near the chest put all your valuables in the holding box. Leave anything you can do without, like the sponge and the eggs, flowers, ocarina, knife, glass bottle, shellfish for making lime, etc. If there is nothing in the inventory he cannot steal it.
posted by tellurian at 5:47 PM on July 21, 2009


Holy crap, that was right down the street! I have failed at monitoring my local media for wacky monkey-related hijinks! To be fair, most Texas monkeys are way too laid back to rob nurseries.
posted by emjaybee at 6:26 PM on July 21, 2009


I'd like to say to all those too young to remember and/or weren't born... this movie was in no way representative of the majority of the movies that came out in the 90s...
posted by Nanukthedog at 6:25 AM on July 22, 2009


I love how the human is the accomplice. I guess that makes the monkey the brains behind the operation.
posted by rottytooth at 6:50 AM on July 22, 2009


Wikipedia on Monkey's Uncle.

The Monkey's Uncle is a 1965 Walt Disney production starring Tommy Kirk as genius college student Merlin Jones and Annette Funicello as Jennifer, his girlfriend. The title refers to a chimpanzee named Stanley, Merlin's legal "nephew" (a legal arrangement resulting from an experiment to raise Stanley as a human); Stanley otherwise has little relevance to the plot.

Yeah I don't think that description helps make any sense of it.

LSD?
posted by Authorized User at 7:07 AM on July 22, 2009


The Monkey's Uncle is a 1965 Walt Disney production starring Tommy Kirk as genius college student Merlin Jones and Annette Funicello as Jennifer, his girlfriend. The title refers to a chimpanzee named Stanley, Merlin's legal "nephew" (a legal arrangement resulting from an experiment to raise Stanley as a human); Stanley otherwise has little relevance to the plot.

Are there any boobs in it? :)
posted by Mastercheddaar at 7:31 AM on July 22, 2009


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