One of the great joys of college was waking up early Saturday morning (after a night of doing things that college kids do) and watching Mystery Science Theater 3000 with my pals. Oh the joys of having Joel and the bots sitting at the bottom of my screen mocking crappy movies. Now those silhouettes can be in your home once again with a cool decal.
It’s not uncommon for television series that are popular in one country to get adapted for the airwaves in another. The Office, Skins, Being Human, and Life on Mars are just a few that we took from the Brits. Likewise shows like The Big Bang Theory have been adapted for audiences in other countries, but the one that has to take the cake is Project Popcorn.
What? You’ve never heard of an American show called Project Popcorn? That’s because you probably know it better as Mystery Science Theater 3000.
Check out the intro, that seems eerily familiar, even down to the round red fox (Tom Servo) and Penguin (Crow T. Robot). Even the main character, Stepa, bears a strange resemblance to the Mike.
“The protagonist – Stepa is a guinea pig at the Institute of Brain. His mind processes the old movies the villain Professor Zamyshlyavkin. But friends – talking dog ketchup and cynical penguin Fidel always ready to joke in the most dangerous places for the psyche! Watch movies with the steppe, ketchup and Fidel – the best entertainment for fans of black humor!”
Are we as Americans going to put up with this?
Considering how the series eventually wound up, I’d say yes…
If you want to endure an entire episode of Project Popcorn, Google Videos has you covered.
If you are a fan of MSt3K, chances are you already have the fabulous songs of Mike, Joel, Crow, and Tom Servo singing it up in style. When the show was still in its early days, the musical numbers were some of the best interstitials on television. Some of the best songs were collected on CD back in the day, but now Clowns in the Sky volume 1 and volume 2 are available via iTunes, and would make a great virtual stocking stuffer for the MST3K fan out there. $15.99 for 45 songs is quite the deal, especially when the laughter continues long after the music stops.
If you want a taste of what’s on the album, and you are enamored with the Major Spoilers Podcast weekend opening song, then take the jump for a look.
I’ve been a fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000 since they first debuted on HA!Â I’m a big Joel fan and have had the pleasure of exchanging pleasantries with him on several occasions.Â Joel and many of the other MST3K troupe have been going around the country doing live shows, and on December 16, 2009, they are releasing their first live DVD: Cinematic Titanic Live: East Meets Watts.
This week, we’re bringing it back ot robot on robot action by asking you to decide between the two beloved robots from Mystery Science Theater 3000.Â It’s kind of like asking you to choose between your two favorite children, but if you had to choose only one, would you pick Tom, or Crow?
It’s hard to belive Mystery Science Theater 3000 just celebrated its 20th anniversary.Â There are still plenty of fans who think the show rocks, including Andrew Dickman, who shared some of his quick sketch animation work.
Last week there was a small Mystery Science Theater 3000 reference in the Major Spoilers Poll.Â Considering Comic Con International: San Diego just had a get together of all the MST3K people, I thought it was a good time to open this wound once again.