Saturday, August 31, 2013
Mr. B Natural Gets a Kickstarter From Rifftrax
The first rewards for those who donated cash for Rifftrax Live's riffing of Starship Troopers are starting to arrive. Some will get a t-shirt, an autographed poster, or $3.99 towards a movie riff or anything else. Others will get an extra five bucks later.
The big news that the shorts package includes the new version of the classic "Mr. B Natural" short. It looks like this came from a Something Weird DVD, since there's a "SWV" watermark just as Mr. B is on the edge of convincing Buzz to learn how to play the trumpet so he can be a happy king or whatever.
Rifftrax has re-riffed Manos for a live show that will eventually be available to everyone soon, and also Bloody Pit of Horror, which Incognito Cinema Warriors XP took on a few years ago. What can the Riffers Three--Mike Nelson, Bill Borbett and Kevin Murphy--do with this?
UPDATE: You can find out now, because it's finally available on Rifftrax. Here's the link.
Just like Manos, it's a more complete version than the MST version. There are new scenes where a music teacher inspects Buzz's teeth and posture to decide what instrument he should have, and Mr. B leaps out of Buzz's room through the window ("Oh my God, she's pizza").
Some riffs are used in both versions, although not exactly on purpose, such as the "COOONNNNNN" joke, a case of "bad touch", one of the workers as a Bowery Boy, and a "shell game" bit.
Now let's compare:
Opening credits with the band forming the word, "Conn" (which sponsored the short)
MST3K; (singing) C'mon and buy some crap from us, you know that you want to...
Rifftrax (Bill, sounding like Patton): When you put your hand in a pile of goo that just a minute ago was in the tuba player's stomach, you know what to do
Mr. B shows up: "Boy, am I glad to see you":
MST3K (Crow): Well, it's not mutual
Rifftrax (Mike): God, is that you?
Mr. B stretches out on the music stand
MST3K (Joel): Is this Liberace's mom? (Note: No. Debbie Reynolds is Liberace's mom...in that HBO movie Hollywood studios unwisely threw away)
Rifftrax (Mike): Wow, Mr. B Natural is one hippy son of a gun, ain't he?
Mr. B inside Buzz's room, playing a trumpet like a happy king
MST3K (Joel): Mr. B, shame on you. Have you no sense of decency?
Rifftrax (Kevin): Yep, that's a tyrannical king dance if I ever saw one
Mr. B tells Buzz to "check your horn, boy"...
MST3K (Crow): ...and wash it every day
Rifftrax (Bill): Make sure it's never set to "ska".
There's also riffs on Fred Durst, the NSA, Judy Blume, Taco Bell, Bronies and George Michael, and a prediction of how Buzz's life goes down the drain after rock and roll makes him uncool. The MST3K version was a little more dated since it has jokes on Prince, Jodie Foster, and Martin Sheen. Rifftrax's version is a bit darker, especially on how Mr. B is kind of creepy. On the other hand, Joel liked Mr. B a bit too much. That was also upsetting.
Again, it's available now at rifftrax.com.