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422 - The Day the Earth Froze



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800 lb. gorilla - 7 days ago
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Hey, Lisa! - about 2 months ago
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Don't walk on my laundry, Steve.


Ccc Fff - 2 months ago
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Definitely one one the funniest short riffs I've seen so far.


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"Get working, you slackers!" Major burn by the witch there, somebody get the aloe. Ouch.


Leslie Doesn't Get You - over 5 years ago
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The thing that bugs me about this episode is Joel constantly telling the bots that their riffs are "too dark."


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Rosebud - 12 months ago
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Tom going off on PHC was almost too much to take. When he gets on a roll like that, man that's what makes MST3K so great. I was laughing so hard.


Matthew Boyle - about 2 years ago
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What I find funny is that they are talking while the movie explains what the sampo is and then are confused by the rest of the movie and think it's the movie's fault they're uninformed. I'm inclined to believe this was intentional though because they weren't improvising riffs by this point and one of them had to have been listening when they watched the film to plan their riffs. Although in one of the Godzilla episodes they walk into the theater after the title of the movie was shown and then make jokes about how the movie didn't tell them its name.


Inspector Zenigata - 12 months ago
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A European appendix...


Veklorr Vigorr - 12 months ago
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This movie was actually pretty good on its own. The riffing made it funny, of course, but it was a nicely done fantasy film.


ManDance! '92 - about 1 year ago
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Episode Challenge: How would you, the viewer at home, spell our hero's name? (Please, no peeking Percys or googling Gregorys)


Meghan Calico Hendrickson - about 1 year ago
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"If you know what a sampo is: write it on a piece of paper, throw it away and try not to think about it."


Calum Sanderson - over 1 year ago
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I just worked out why Tom and Crow are so perfect, they act like young kids to each other in this love/hate relationship - the whole bit with their own circus backs this up! How adorable, just like me in primary school with my friends


Kimono Dragon - about 5 years ago
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This was like a 90 minute episode of Monty Python and Benny Hill spliced together! I ate a Sampo sandwich whie watching this.


Bela Lugosi's Twitching Eye - almost 2 years ago
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I would invest in the Snaction invention exchange. Who wouldn't want ninja based candy!? I think that would sell great! Then you come up with a line of Pirate based snacks and make millions! Maybe the pirate snacks could be called "Booty" or something like that.


Joseph Ewing - over 4 years ago
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I don't think Cambot should have been listed in the robot roll call. Joel wouldn't have built Cambot. Think about it. Dr. Forrester wouldn't have sent Joel up without a camera to "monitor his mind". I've repeated to myself it's just a show, but that's one detail they overlooked.


Tom Rivers - over 1 year ago
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@ 19:20 Who the hell is Gary Bigner?


Bronn K - over 4 years ago
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I love Tom's riff at 35:50: "I have a field overrun with snakes, and he must plow it!" "That's weird, but...okay." Of all the heroic challenges in all the mythologies, plowing a field must rate pretty low.


Matthew Boyle - about 2 years ago
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As a history nerd I notice there are more jokes about obscure US presidents in this movie and tom servo makes most of them. They mention Grant (who's admittedly pretty well known), Chester Arthur and Rutherford B Hayes


Matthew Boyle - about 2 years ago
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servo: I see a past president who shall remain nameless
crow: oh you mean...
servo: (very quietly) Chester Arthur


Matthew Boyle - about 2 years ago
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give me one good reason why I shouldn't kill you


Snuffy Wuffykiss - about 2 years ago
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The Sampo!!! I don't know what it is but man, it feels historical!!!


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Granted, it's a terrible movie, but you can't tell me you aren't at least a little impressed by him surfing those rapids on a log.


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Does it make me weird that I think clowns are pretty cool and funny? I guess I understand why some people are scared of them, but I don't get why they have this widespread reputation for being terrifying (except among most people who saw It with Tim Curry as kids, I suppose)


Day the Earth Froze
Stu Slaymaker - almost 4 years ago
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Narrator was Marvin Miller who, among other things, delivered the checks on the CBS series, "The Millionaire".


Bruce Box-Liker - almost 4 years ago
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Looked up "Sampo" and found this: "In Finnish mythology, the Sampo was a magical artifact constructed by Ilmarinen that brought good fortune to its holder; nobody knows exactly what it was supposed to be." Apparently it's been variously interpreted as a chest, a tree, a mill, a compass, and other surprisingly unrelated objects.

Also, the "dent between the nose and the lip" is called a philtrum. Isn't it weird that there's a word for this, but very few people have actually heard it?


The Day the Earth Froze
Stu Slaymaker - almost 4 years ago
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About what the Sampo is: If you listen very closely to the dialogue, they refer to it as a "mill" several times.


William Johnson - over 4 years ago
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Sorry to go a bit out there but besides MST3K one of my great loves in life is metal. The music, not the material.

Anyway, there is a Finnish metal band (I'd say the genre is slightly power, mostly melodic death) called Amorphis that has focused, in recent releases, on the Finish epic poem Kalevala, which I believe some or all of the Finnish fantasy movies MST3K did are based on as well (though I could be wrong).

Naturally, the opening song on their album entitled Skyforger is 'Sampo'. I'll post the link below.

If you like heavy music, Amorphis is great especially when they changed directions with their most recent lead singer and did the kind of grandiose storytelling you see in the films on MST3K.

Ensiferum is another good Finnish heavy metal band as well.


Joseph Ewing - about 4 years ago
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I think 34:10 is the only occurrence in MST history that anyone had two riffs immediately back to back.


Todd Appel - almost 4 years ago
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Unwatchable....wow...I remember these kinds of foreign movies when I was a kid...like First Spaceship to Venus...although that was much more riffable...ouch


Alyssa Who Will Not Be Named - about 3 years ago
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Wait! Am I the only one who got the 'Scandinavian' Point Break reference at 21:00??! Oh, my head...


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Stu Slaymaker - almost 4 years ago
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The bit about the Bullwinkle Iron Boat being on fire is hysterical.


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Joel sounds rather irritated during the short.


Hank Williams - about 3 years ago
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This short had me in tears, in a puddle on my living room floor. My dog freaked out. "Blackened Beauty" "Oh no, they are doing it clown style!" Awesome.


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One of the Mads' funniest Invention Exchanges ever. I love it when they get evil and dark like this one and the evil baseball promotions.


Leslie Doesn't Get You - over 4 years ago
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At the beginning of the film, the narrator actually does explain what a sampo is. It's just that the guys talk over it solidly. So when you watch the beginning, try to tune the guys out and listen to the narrator.


Gabriel Block - over 3 years ago
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I love when Crow says: Kitty! (or in this case: Kitties!)


Sean Barry - over 3 years ago
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Have your village blacksmith forge a new sun? Um... yeah.... good luck with that guys.


Sarahbean - about 4 years ago
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What in heavens name is a Sampo anyway?


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Jason Pillowpants - over 3 years ago
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One of the more surreal episodes. #sampo


Dagen jorden frös
Sean Barry - over 3 years ago
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Det här är sista gången jag tittar på en film på svenska! Varje gång jag tittar på en, även om det är dubbat, jag börjar babbla på i svenska okontrollerat. Fråga inte hur det händer, eftersom jag inte vet. Ja, det är verkligen irriterande, men det brukar avtar efter några dagar och jag går tillbaka till att tala gamla goda engelska. Jag önskar bara att jag kunde åtminstone skriva något ni skulle förstå ...


Sampo reference in Rifftrax!!
Emily Brown (Sours) - over 3 years ago
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There is a reference to a Sampo in the Rifftrax for The Avengers!!! You can't even imagine my excitement at hearing it!!!!!!!!!!


Dan Rudy - almost 5 years ago
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Crow's Bullwinkle really kills me! Such a great episode, even without the mysterious Sampo.


Great Scott - almost 4 years ago
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I'm busting up laughing solely because of Joel & the Bots' accents, the episode is made just for it.


the talking to trees scene
Sean Barry - over 3 years ago
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here's one: what do you call a tree growing in a grove/wood/forest with other trees? A poplar tree. What do you call a tree growing in a field all alone? ................An unpoplar tree! :D


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You know, watching this kinda made me realize that Finland, tis' a silly place.


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Stereo Catz - almost 4 years ago
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Imagine all the beatings it took to get these horses to do all this.


Sean Barry - over 3 years ago
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Hahaha the Unhappy Meal.


Stereo Catz - almost 4 years ago
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The Sampo is a token of great fortune mentioned only in Finnish folklore though it’s actual form is ill-defined. It is somewhat similar to the Garden of Eden in that in the Bible God banishes Adam and Eve from the Garden and when the Sampo is lost the ability to make the world an Eden is lost with it. (Or a cheep Taiwanese television)


Stereo Catz - almost 4 years ago
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Those clown close-up was one of the few moments ever on this show to make me cuss out loud.


Stereo Catz - almost 4 years ago
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That short narrator had the same tone of voice as the reporter at the Hindenburg crash.


Phil Carstens - over 5 years ago
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The Greek, Roman and Norse mythologies are really awesome. Finnish mythology is just weird.


Joseph Ewing - about 4 years ago
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I don't know what it is but I can't get enough of this episode.


Tanishia Williams - about 4 years ago
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He failed to bring back the Sampo
Now we shall die of stavation
Failure, failure he's a failure
Total failure, lala la la...HAHAHAHAHA!


Teri Gee - about 4 years ago
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I love the discussion of the sampo:

"I think it's a strapless evening gown."
"You think everything is a strapless evening gown."
"I just think they're neat, that's all."


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You know a movie is cinematic gold when the climax is a bunch of men playing harps versus a witch who can summon a breeze.


Dan Rudy - over 4 years ago
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"You see, everybody doesn't like something, but nobody doesn't like Bruce Lee." An ethos, if I've ever heard one.


Colleen Swiggum - about 4 years ago
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the failure is getting his ass kicked by a garment.


Elisa Farrington - about 4 years ago
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If you want to know what a Sampo looks like, check it out @ 1:29:28 during the letter reading segment of Eegah.


El Carto - over 5 years ago
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Way too many great riffs here,,,one of my top favorites!


Brad Gravett - over 5 years ago
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Love it when they do the Yooper sketches.


Marcia Larson - over 4 years ago
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the guy riding the log . . .


Mike Carmona - over 4 years ago
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Regardless of what Joel says, I'm offered sampos continuously at The 99 China Market. "Wan free sampo?" "Don't mind if I do!"


Josh Michael - over 4 years ago
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Lets be gay, for he is a dickweed! love that riff :P


Alex Stefanic - over 5 years ago
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That short was...unnerving. I really do not like clowns.


Russ "Screw You, Greenland" Fry - over 4 years ago
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Wow, I forgot how totally clutch this episode is. The opening short has some of their best riffing moments ever. Love Tom's dark side!


Fredrick Stafford - over 4 years ago
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Ever feel in the “Sampo” of life you are stuck in front of the salt dispenser?


Classicats - about 5 years ago
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I'm so glad I watched this one! I didn't know what it was about going into it, but my mom is Finnish and we used to read a kid's book based on the Kalevala about Väinämöinen playing his harp and Louhi stealing the sun and moon, so this felt very familiar to me. Granted, it was a goofy movie, but there were lots of Monty Python references, so that made it better. Oh and lastly: Finland is not Sweden!!


Robert Ferguson - about 5 years ago
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Dr. Forrester & Franks "invention", ....... how WARPED is THAT ?? !!
A rusty suture NEEDLE ?!!! DEAD silver fish ?!!!


Kelly Slane - about 5 years ago
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I wish snack-tion existed for real ;)


j davis - about 5 years ago
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Every time Gypsy says 'She had GUTS', I absolutely lose it. Barking laughter lose it.


John Harms - about 5 years ago
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You know it's not Norse mythology because no one thinks that Ragnarok was happening when the sun disappears.


NS - over 5 years ago
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From the title, I thought this was a cash-in on "The Day The Earth Stood Still." I have never been happier to be wrong.


Iris - over 5 years ago
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I can now see why clowns freak some people out. And what's the deal with Emmett Kelly? His whole routine is to stand in a corner and eat?