Episode 319: War of the Colossal Beast
First aired: Comedy Central on 16 November 1991
Availability (episode): MST3KVideos.com
Availability (short): Rhino (Volume 6 out of print), Amazon (Volume 6)
The difference for me is that I actually saw the MST3K episode when it aired on TV. Or part of it, anyway. Maybe the last half of it. Anyway, I had seen the ending of the MST3K episode; I don't think I saw the entire episode until this whole "watch 'em all" project.
This one has never been available commercially. I have a fan copy. Otherwise, I never would get to see this episode -- other than the part I caught during one of its 12 airings back in the 1990s.
This episode could almost be considered a double-feature. The short in this episode may be so much more popular than the movie. Mr. B Natural has taken on a life of its own. In fact, the "stinger" for this episode features a clip of Mr. B Natural himself. Or herself.
Let me explain.
The C. G. Conn Company made the film to promote their musical instruments in schools. The lead character, Mr. B Natural, is a sprite -- or lepreCONN (get it?) -- played by Betty Luster. Mr. B Natural helps the character "Buzz" harness the spirit of music inside him.
|"Mr." B Natural||He's got legs. He knows how to use them. I'll say she does!|
|"He's 60-foot tall!"|
Now, on the to movie.
As we said, this is the sequel to the movie shown in Episode 309: The Amazing Colossal Man. In the first film, the hero, Colonel Glenn Manning, who grew to 60-foot tall after an atomic explosion, died after falling off Boulder (Hoover) Dam.
|Color me dead!|
The Host Segments have some genuinely funny moments. I loved the debate between Crow and Servo over whether or not Mr. B Natural was a man or a woman. Crow went with woman, because of the boobs.
J&tB got another visit from Glenn Manning, played by MST3K Head Writer Michael J. Nelson. He lamented the fact that the actor playing Glenn in this movie isn't the actor playing Glenn in the first movie. But, for some reason, they never mentioned the retcon of Glenn having family.
Funny stuff. Great riffs. Bad movie. Wonderfully weird short. Another MST3K classic.
Mr. B Natural - the most disturbing casting choice since having a woman play Peter Pan.ReplyDelete
At least there's an excuse with Peter Pan:
I'm reminded of one of my favorite SCTV sketches: John Candy playing Divine, who's appearing as Mary Martin's Peter Pan.Delete
Yes, a man playing a man playing a woman playing a woman playing a man.