MEET THE FEEBLES
Meet the Feebles suggests a conceptual collision between The Muppet Show (1977-81) and John Waters circa Pink Flamingos (1972). Meet the Feebless starting point seems to have been an old series of jokes about how Kermit and Miss Piggy might have consummated their relationship and the result is an hysterical look at the seedier side of The Muppet Show. Meet the Feebles happily confirms all of the jokes in a mind-boggling series of scenes with cutsie talking animals indulging in orgies, making porno flicks and shooting up drugs. The business of mixed-animal sex is answered in one charming moment where Jackson dishes up a blue elephant-chicken crossbreed. (Earlier we see a walrus and a kitten engaged in sex). Peter Jackson determines to push the envelope of good taste as far as possible. There is a high gross-out factor to the film vomitings, anal impalements, nasal ejaculations, shit-eating flies, oozing spunk, fluffy toys getting covered in high-pressure urine, vomited-up guppies. This is something that had Meet the Feebles held up for several years before getting a US release. And sometimes Jackson never knows when enough is enough.
However, there are some downright obscenely inspired moments, including a car journey down the alimentary canal of a giant octopus (all the cars in the film are Morris Minors Blechs limo is black stretch Morris Minor); a glitzy song-and-dance number about the joys of sodomy, complete with plaster exploding penises. The most bizarre moment altogether is a very funny parody of Platoon (1986) and Vietnam War movies all conducted with Muppet frogs. Meet the Feebles is one of those films where you either go with Peter Jacksons way-out venture into bad taste and enjoy the film or dont understand it at all and hate it. Those who view Meet the Feebles coming to it after Peter Jacksons more mainstream-accepted ventures like Heavenly Creatures (1994) and The Lord of the Rings tend to wonder what on Earth they have sat down to watch.
The puppetry effects are extraordinarily good, all the more so for the fact that there was a less than one million-dollar budget involved. For Peter Jackson, Meet the Feebles represented a quantum leap over Bad Taste by this point he has developed a real fluidity of directorial technique.
Peter Jacksons subsequent films were: the hilarious zombie splatter comedy Braindead/Deadalive (1992); his critically acclaimed hit Heavenly Creatures (1994), based on a true life story where two schoolgirl lovers murdered ones mother; his disappointing big-budget Hollywood breakthrough, the ghost comedy The Frighteners (1996); then the enormous worldwide success of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003); the remake of King Kong (2005); The Lovely Bones (2009); and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014). Jackson has also produced District 9 (2009) and The Adventures of Tintin (2011).
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