Meet the Feebles

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Overview

Bearing the same relationship to The Muppet Show that Fritz the Cat does to Felix the Cat, Meet the Feebles is a gleefully rude, decidedly adult comedy about the backstage goings-on amongst an eccentric group of puppets the day before their televised variety special. Made by director Peter Jackson, creator of Bad Taste and Heavenly Creatures, the film features a wide ensemble of creatures known as "The Feebles," led by a walrus named Bletch, the show's gruff, corrupt producer. Amongst the central figures are ...
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Overview

Bearing the same relationship to The Muppet Show that Fritz the Cat does to Felix the Cat, Meet the Feebles is a gleefully rude, decidedly adult comedy about the backstage goings-on amongst an eccentric group of puppets the day before their televised variety special. Made by director Peter Jackson, creator of Bad Taste and Heavenly Creatures, the film features a wide ensemble of creatures known as "The Feebles," led by a walrus named Bletch, the show's gruff, corrupt producer. Amongst the central figures are Heidi the Hippo, the show's prima donna singer; the fey fox Sebastian, who acts as the show's director; and the lovable (and love-struck) Robert the Hedgehog. Other cast members include a sex-crazed rabbit suffering from VD, a junkie frog prone to Vietnam War flashbacks, and a rat who directs porno movies in the theater's basement. Romantic jealousies, drug deals gone wrong, murders, and other scandalous activities all threaten to wreak havoc amongst the cast, with all these problems reaching their climax on the evening of the big show (which comes complete with musical numbers). The film's extremely dark sense of humor is supported by skillful gross-out effects and a winningly irreverent attitude.
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Special Features

Scene access; Digitally remastered; Enhanced audio
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
Poor taste is a something easy to achieve on screen, but difficult to do truly artfully. Beyond the work of John Waters (who has made bad taste his raison d'ĂȘtre), one would be hard pressed to find a better example of the creative pinnacle of being gleefully foul than Peter Jackson's "puppets gone to Hell" gross-out comedy, Meet the Feebles. While Meet the Feebles has enough gory violence, icky bodily substances, cross-species sexual contact, foul language, and unapologetic criminality to appall most ordinary audiences (and, as legend has it, to cause Jim Henson's organization to consider possible legal action), the film is far too imaginative and intelligent to sit comfortably alongside, say, Shallow Hal or American Pie. Wynard the Frog's Vietnam flashbacks are both wickedly funny and more politically astute than anything in The Deer Hunter, Harry the Rabbit's extended bout with a sexually transmitted disease is a more honest and gut-wrenching depiction of AIDS than you'll see in most major studio films concerning the subject, and the numerous sexual peccadilloes and flagrant infidelities go past soap-opera level into something that approximates real human anger and anguish, albeit on a broadly comic level. And the sheer scale of the film goes beyond the parameters of a simple bad joke into something that inspires a sort of grimy awe. If you've read this far, you've probably already figured out that Meet the Feebles is not for everyone, but it's a superb slice of wickedly black satire for folks who like their humor to burn a bit on the way down.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/18/2006
  • UPC: 018619077078
  • Original Release: 1989
  • Rating:

  • Source: Jef Films
  • Region Code: 0
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 28,211

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Donna Akersten
Stuart Devenie
Mark Hadlow Heidi/Robert
Ross Jolly
Brian Sergent Voice Only, Voice Only, Voice Only
Peter Vere-Jones
Mark Wright
Technical Credits
Peter Jackson Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Jim Booth Producer
Peter Dasent Score Composer
Michael Kane Production Designer
Murray Milne Cinematographer
Danny Mulheron Screenwriter
Jamie Selkirk Editor
Stephen Sinclair Screenwriter
Frances Walsh Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Meet the Feebles
2. Chapter 1 [9:16]
3. Chapter 2 [10:47]
4. Chapter 3 [9:01]
5. Chapter 4 [13:20]
6. Chapter 5 [11:15]
7. Chapter 6 [12:15]
8. Chapter 7 [9:10]
9. Chapter 8 [9:04]
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Aweful and Hilarious

    This is a marriage of THE MUPPETS and real life issues. Have you ever wondered what the muppets thought of drugs, sex, porn, murder, eating disorders. Well this movie answers these questions. It is not for the faint of heart and is very disturbing, but Peter Jackson makes this movie likable even when the Miss Piggy character is mowing down all her costarts. So Funny.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Why you should Meet the feebles

    Any fans of Badtaste, Dead-alive (braindead in the U.K) will love this.. As for those people who have no time for either of the above. I imagine it would be a hard thing to appreciate.<BR/>Watch it anyway just to see where Peter Jackson has come from...<BR/><BR/>This is the guy who was chosen too direct Lord of the rings trilogy, King-KOng...<BR/>I hope hes still proud of his early movies..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Completely Aweful

    OK so if you like to watch movies involving the most horrible things on earth then this is the film for you. If you like to see roofie pills dropped into beverages flys eating fecies with a spoon and babies watching their mothers getting slaughtered with guns then you would thoroughly enjoy this movie. But, if like me, you are offended by rape and babies watching their parents get killed then I suggest staying away from this movie. I dont even comprehend how peter jackson got enough other people to go along with this idea to make a movie. Be careful.

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    Posted May 6, 2011

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