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Name That Trauma :: Reader Carolyanne on Machine Gun Toting Pink Hippo

July 22nd, 2008 by unkle lancifer · 6 Comments

name that trauma!

I recently remembered a film from my childhood that did a fair amount of damage, and was hoping that it could possibly be resolved.  The movie was a messed up MUPPET SHOW type thing, complete with animal puppets.  However, the one scene that I can clearly remember is a large, pink puppet hippo going apeshit with a machine gun, and blowing the living nards off of all the other puppets.  I also sort of remember this war parody in the movie where puppet frogs shoot themselves in the head (looking back, I think it may have been a DEER HUNTER parody).  The final thing I remember was a puppet elephant was training these cute little baby furball things, and something fell and graphically squashed them.  It’s been bugging me for a while, mainly because I want to re-watch it and find out what upset me so much about it.

UNK SEZ: Dear Carolyanne, the movie you have described is most certainly MEET THE FEEBLES. The question is, (and I’ve never typed these words on this site before) what in the world were you doing watching that movie as a kid? Good Lordie, that movie, though hilarious and directed by THE LORD OF THE RINGSPETER JACKSON, is not suitable for anybody under the age of…heck, it’s really not ever suitable… that’s part of its charm. We are talking, after all, about a film whose big show stopping musical number is entitled “The Sodomy Song.” If those three scenes are all that you remember, than I say you got off easy! By the way, it turns out that JACKSON could not get a hold of blanks for that Hippo’s machine gun rampage so those are real bullets being shot from that gun! Now, go rent THE MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTEN for Pete’s sake!!!

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 powersgirlNo Gravatar // Jul 22, 2008 at 8:51 am

    I watched this one as an adult and it disturbed me.  I couldn’t imagine watching it as a kid.  I’ll never look at Muppets the same way again.

  • 2 turnidoffNo Gravatar // Jul 22, 2008 at 10:34 am

    Yes.  You need a bath after watching this one.  Mr. Jackson should re-release it with a new title… “W.T.F?” 

    Nerd Trivia: The incidental music in “Feebles” is used quite a bit in “Dead Alive/Braindead”, and since “Dead Alive” was originally supposed to be a musical, you can almost hear how screwed up “Dead Alive” could have been by watching “Feebles”.

    I cant imagine watching that as a kid either.  I had a hard time finding it at the video store as an adult.

  • 3 TenebrousKateNo Gravatar // Jul 22, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    Ye gods–watching “MTF” (soooo close to “WTF” indeed) caused Adultrauma  in me.  What with my being so Delicate and all…  This one ranks juuuuust below “Nekromantik” on my Running Screaming Into The Night Top Ten Movies.

    >>It’s been bugging me for a while, mainly because I want to re-watch it and find out what upset me so much about it.

    Everything.  EVERYTHING in this movie is upsetting.  *whimpers*

  • 4 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Jul 22, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    O.K if this film did a number on the indomitable Tenebrous Kate then I don’t feel so bad. Even as I was collecting the images for this post I was still marveling at just how disturbing MTF actually is. If only the animals/puppets were half way cute it would be a different story but they all look about ready to fall apart on screen!
    As far as comic violence goes this is right up my alley but on a visual level it’s all so defiantly tacky it just starts to get to me after a while. I actually think the Nekromantic films are a more pleasant viewing experience!

  • 5 kittyleclawNo Gravatar // Jul 23, 2008 at 11:43 am

    I’ve never seen any of the MUPPETS films all the way through. My sister, Punky Brewster, is terrified of Miss Piggy beyond my ability to comprehend. Furthermore, since early childhood, she has somehow associated the sound of a train whistle with her Miss Piggy fear. Given that a train runs right through our part of town, I spend a lot of taking care of her while she huddles in a corner, sucking her thumb and soiling herself.

    She thought An American Werewolf in London was a fab movie until The Pig made a cameo appearance.

  • 6 goofygrapeNo Gravatar // Jul 23, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    yeah that’s child abuse! Maybe her brother put it on too torture her.I remember in high school i had a bootleg of “Bad Taste” and put it on tv when the substitute teacher wasn’t looking and the scene where the guy’s head gets chucks of it blown off came on and everyone cracked up and the teacher goes “You people are sick”

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