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524 - 12 to the Moon



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Sean Barry - almost 4 years ago
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So far I like this movie! This is how we should've gone to the moon; as a united species, not a divided group of squabbling nations. Of course they still made the American the leader of the international effort, though. lol


Rufus T. Firefly - almost 4 years ago
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Not sure why, but it makes perfect sense to me that the aliens would be cat people.


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Jeffrey Jones - 4 months ago
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Love the short and all the host bits, but I always fall asleep during the experiment. Some great riffage, but the problem is that NOTHING HAPPENS AT ALL! Man, I want to like this one more.


Mitchell - over 2 years ago
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Nuveena is HOT!


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Rosebud - about 1 year ago
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Hey, there was a few real facts in that one sentence. The moon day IS 14 earth days (he said 15, but pretty close), and it's -250 at night and hot enough to boil water during the day. Pretty good! (It will drop to -250 at night. Is that F or C? First one, then the other....).


Still together♥
Smokingspoon - 7 months ago
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I think it's beautiful and inspiring that Mike & Bridget are still together today.


NS - over 3 years ago
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A bickering twelve-person crew
Finds air, life, and death on the moo'.
Translated dingbats
Say the moonies love cats
And watching Earth scientists screw.


Bruce Box-Liker - about 3 years ago
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The Japanese woman translating the alien language actually isn't as stupid as it seems.

First of all, if the moon people had any long-forgotten contact with the Earth, it would make sense for them to have knowledge of one of the most ancient and widespread written languages on the planet, like Chinese.

Further, it is proper to assume that a native Japanese speaker could read Chinese. Japan makes use of an alphabet that is almost identical to the Chinese alphabet, which assigns one word to one letter. They are therefore able to read a Chinese text with perfect understanding, even though they would pronounce each word differently.


Stereo Catz - over 4 years ago
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Let's take a poll. How many women out there have actually had a dream about an auto-show?


big_Greg - 10 months ago
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This appears to be the first episode without any shred of what could even broadly considered an invention exchange.

And who's Nuveena? Anybody know?


S.A. Nathe - 8 months ago
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the guy singing in DESIGN FOR DREAMING is Thurl Ravenscroft, the original Tony the Tiger, as well as the singer of "You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch" in thr original HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS...


S.A. Nathe - 8 months ago
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if you think this is scientifically sucktastic, watch the rifftrax guys' MISSILE TO THE MOON, or VOYAGE TO THE MOON(whatever their "oldest movie ever riffed" is)


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Rosebud - about 1 year ago
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okay, let's give them a break on the face shield. They didn't have the technology to add the shield in post-production. Avatar was filmed with no face shields and they were added in post. So these guys were ahead of their time, only the technology wasn't there yet. I think they deserve a break. But they should probably have just not mentioned it and assume the audience was smart enough to pretend there was glass there. That's my two cents on the subject.


FedoraMark - about 1 year ago
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The "invisible electromagnetic ray screen" is such a weird choice to add. Like if they didn't say anything, I probably wouldn't have a suspension of disbelief issue for the missing visor. Like I would've just copped it up to low-budget and pretended the visors were super transparent.


Zeitgeist Meister - over 1 year ago
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56:30 - Apparently, at mime school they learned "ice skating" that day.


Sean Barry - almost 4 years ago
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Hahaha the guys making the eerie monolith sound from 2001 never gets old.


Kimono Dragon - over 1 year ago
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1:21:50 - You just got Rick rolled!


Lewis Nitzberg STINKS! - over 4 years ago
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Okay, there's no way that language was Chinese.


Jane Sproul - about 3 years ago
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"You could have knocked."
"We're not at the Waldorf, you know!"

...So, what? You don't knock on doors unless you're in a nice hotel? Dude, just admit you wanted them to see you shirtless 'cause you have nothing else to offer.


Sean Barry - almost 4 years ago
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I love all the gravity they have in space.


Martha Fredette - over 3 years ago
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Moon folk speak Chinese---really?


Mitchell - over 2 years ago
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Say what you want, but the 9 minute "Design For Dreaming" has more production value than half the feature films MST3K riffs.


Joseph Ewing - almost 3 years ago
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The Jewish guy who won't shut up about the Nazis is one of the most irritating characters in MST history.


Teri Gee - over 2 years ago
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I just noticed that there appeared to be a bit of a romance between Hideko and...one of the guys. I don't know his name, but there were a few little scenes that had them together and it seemed to be flirtatious to me (I'm not good at noticing those things, though.)

Am I crazy? Actually, if I'm right, I'm actually impressed because, not only was it subtle, it was a romance between a white man and a Japanese woman. That probably wasn't normal back in the 50s.


Charles White - over 3 years ago
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Oooooh, such mean Moon People. We give them the cats they want, and they freeze North America!


happyking - over 3 years ago
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In the meteor shower when they're just sort of saying numbers and looking worried, the one dude says .7 and 5/10. They couldn't even get their meaningless numbers right! They just didn't care…


Kyle Butler - over 3 years ago
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did anyone else laugh when they announced the japanese astronaut as the photographer? sheesh, a short that depicts women as only being happy while in the kitchen or being driven somewhere by a man and a movie that just jumps right into the racial stereotypes without any hesitation.


Rufus T. Firefly - almost 4 years ago
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The first time I saw this episode was on youtube. It had been chopped up into a bunch of videos of about 10 minutes each, and there was some guy who kept commenting on the video segments that this movie was a great, classic movie and that MST3k should be ashamed that they mocked it. I couldn't help but notice, though, that he stopped saying that when it got to the part about the "invisible electro-magnetic ray screen" on their helmets. I think even he (whoever he was) had to admit that that was pretty stupid.


Joseph Ewing - about 4 years ago
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I want to strangle that Jewish guy who won't shut up about Nazis and the holocaust and blames every single thing on the German guy just for being German. From the very beginning of the movie, long before he learns that the guy's dad was a Nazi, he is already blaming everything on him and insists on mentioning Nazis and "his people" any chance he gets. He even blames the German guy for faking the messages from the moon people. If someone sneezed, he would turn to the German guy and accuse him of somehow having something to do with it.


Stereo Catz - over 4 years ago
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Shouldn't the old Kraut have undergone some kind of physical before going to the moon?


Robert Ferguson - over 5 years ago
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Crow as a BLENDER.. Love it


Zeitgeist Meister - almost 2 years ago
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As a Cubs fan, thanks for the Vince Coleman burn at 45:35!


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Anybody else here check out the scene where they're first stepping onto the lunar surface -- at the upper left of the shot, where you can see what looks like two or three suspended light racks and a couple of spots, clearly visible in the shot?

Jeezus... talk about A Movie That Just Doesn't Care...


SaturnHex - about 2 years ago
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I like how this has some precursor meathead names to Space Mutiny's list.


Rock Harris - about 3 years ago
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"You know, Captain, every year of my life I grow more and more convinced that the wisest and the best is to fix our attention on the good and the beautiful. If you just take the time to look at it."

"Oh wait, wrong movie."


Snuffy Wuffykiss - about 2 years ago
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Mike is a lucky man. Bridget can really shake it!


Teri Gee - over 2 years ago
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The music at 46:00 sounds a lot like music in The Dead Talk Back. Is it just me?


Maarek Steele - over 2 years ago
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"Messiah tracks. 2, 3 days old." LOL


Phil Carstens - over 3 years ago
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They make fun of KISS on the show, but the way Mike sings "Black Diamond", if he wasn't a fan then he clearly was at some point in his life.


Edward Lozano - over 4 years ago
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some of the scenes with Nuveena become even funnier when you realize that she is now Mrs. Mike Nelson....


Benji Hollister - over 5 years ago
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Fonzie's DEATH CAR!!


Teri Gee - over 2 years ago
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At 34:00 when the young kid is talking to the cats, he looks rather devilish. I wouldn't be surprised if he turned out to be a serial killer.


Misterkingdom - almost 3 years ago
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Is drawing sticks really the best way to pick who goes on the suicide mission? Shouldn't it be who's the most suited for the kind of thing? If not, shouldn't the oldest people in the room go? I just feel really bad for the young guy. I guess it's kind of cool that the old German dude went and kind of made up for the sins of his father.


Stephen A Nathe - over 3 years ago
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"We didn't like the cats...Eat ice, Earth dinks!!"


Renowned Shoplifter - over 5 years ago
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This has instantly become a favorite of mine! Tom Servo screaming about the impossibility of steam existing in a vacuum made my day.


Rose Redd - over 3 years ago
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I just love the way they pull the Chinese woman to the monitor when they first find the alien writing.


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At 20:27, when the dog is in the corner, Tom Servo says "Humphrey!", which is the name of Kevin's real-life dog.


Last of the Wild Ponies - almost 3 years ago
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15:20 Oh, it's Bill Nye!


MrCroobie - almost 4 years ago
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Tom Servo's riff to "What's Opera, Doc?" at 14:35 was nice, but he got the line wrong. In the cartoon "What's Opera, Doc?", Elemr Fudd says "...with my spear and magic helmet" not, "...with my sword and magic helmet". Nice try, though. I'll give you credit for at least making a reference to that cartoon.


James GreyWolf - about 3 years ago
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I remember in the mid-70's when I heard about the colonization of the moon starting in 1980. I invested my $15,000 to get my 2 bedroom, 1 1/2 bathroom home on the moon. I am still waiting for them to get word back to me about when MY house is ready, but...

(just in case you might think I am actually stupid enough to spend that kind of money... 8-).. yeah... right)


Bruce Ellsworth Reed - over 4 years ago
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I love how they "riff" everyone equally, especially the French!


Joseph Ewing - about 4 years ago
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It's kind of surprising for a movie from the fifties to portray a Russian as a good guy who stops the Frenchman from attempting to destroy America. I would have expected the script to have written a Russian to be the bad guy who tries to sabotage the bomb to wipe out America.


Elliott Lindamood - over 5 years ago
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the firebird II! yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i remember watching i think it was my classic car and they drove that car. thank you mst3k for linking back to my past


Stephen A Nathe - over 3 years ago
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Captain Cliff Beefpile!! Father of whats his face from Space Mutiny?? Glad to see the patriarch of SUCH a fine space-going family


Phil Carstens - about 4 years ago
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You know, Frank's roast of Dr. Forrester is still better than any of the other celebrity roasts on Comedy Central.


Anastasios Gionis - about 5 years ago
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I like all the names they give the hero, kind of a precursor to David Ryder in Space Mutiny


Fancy Pantserton - over 4 years ago
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...I don't think girls go to motoramas in gauzy, flowy gowns neither...


Stephen A Nathe - over 3 years ago
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GAAAWWWWWWDDD!!! This is a crap movie!!!


Jef Rus - almost 4 years ago
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SEGA!


Jordy Carpenter - over 3 years ago
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This movie has one of the great, underappreciated terrible/amazing performances in any MST3K movie: the clearly psychotic tape recorder guy. "I somehow feel it is an.... earthly power...."


Stefan - over 4 years ago
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That part at the end with the 2 guys in the "penetration rocket"--1 sitting on the other's lap...OMG. That was so not subtle...and Servo's subtle comments. I just can't stop laughing at that!!!


Rafael Torres - over 3 years ago
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0:39:45 thru 0:40:20 is fuxing hilarious how he has to turn on his invisible ray screen so he could breath (and the Mike says "even I don't buy it"). I guess its so over the top that crow concludes the guys suit checks with "now im activating my wingsand ill fly"! LMAO!!!!!


Atom Manhattan - almost 4 years ago
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"While she's dancing the Japanese are making great cars" ...and awesome @#$%ing Gamera flicks.


Bruce Ellsworth Reed - over 4 years ago
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I have to admit, that girl in the short is incredibly hot!


Scott A. Taylor - almost 4 years ago
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Unfettered Avarice, by Madison Avenue ... hehehe!!


Stephen - almost 4 years ago
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11:44 - It's Ms. Bean!!


joxn hixs - almost 4 years ago
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I wonder if crow is related to the Oldsmobile golden rocket?


Zachary LaCkore - about 4 years ago
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lost it at " Fascinating....MEOW"


Karl Hart - about 4 years ago
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Gotta be one of my favorites!


Joseph Ewing - about 4 years ago
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I just recently realized that the exact same moment of the short when she gets out of the car and opens the umbrella and Crow says, "This is a rebuttal to Roger and Me," is shown in the opening few minutes of Roger and Me.


Elisa Farrington - over 4 years ago
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Boy, there are a LOT of good riffs in this one. By this time next year I bet the list will be up to 150. But what is the riff @ 31:26 when Macana /Macuna looks up and what is it from?


Teri Gee - about 4 years ago
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I just realized for about the first time that there are two old guys: a Russian and a German. I had always conflated the two into one old guy who burned his hands, had a heart attack and whose father was a Nazi.


Mike Carmona - over 4 years ago
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I wonder how often in the 50s a woman wearing an apron stepped outside before a man swooped her up and said "Better get her to the kitchen quick!"


Big McLargehuge - over 4 years ago
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43:59. Best scene ever.


Jake Swenson - over 4 years ago
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Santa packs are coming, Santa packs are coming!


Elisa Farrington - over 4 years ago
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Was that Dr F or Groucho Marx in a tux with a cigar?


Kimono Dragon - over 5 years ago
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57:32 - Captain said they returned to (and I quote) "normalize our bodily processes". AND THE GUYS DIDN'T RIFF ON IT!!! How did they miss that? Something like, "I guess that explains why he's leaving a 'Captain's log'"


Bruce Box-Liker - over 4 years ago
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"There is no steam on the moon!"

Tom's begging the question a bit here.


Kelly Slane - over 4 years ago
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Fun trivia: The man in the short ("Oh! It's you!") is Marc Breaux, who was a choreographer. His film credits include Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music, but from what I could find he mostly did Broadway shows, appearing in a few of them as well. Just thought that was kinda cool ;)


Dan Rudy - over 4 years ago
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Tom's tennis outburst is a classic moment. "Why don't you grow some hair!?" and the like...


Alyssa Who Will Not Be Named - over 4 years ago
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I love the Christian Dior fashion show they squeeze in between all those cars.


Stereo Catz - almost 5 years ago
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Then she wakes up from the dream to find herself back in her cardboard box behind the adult book store.


Kim Spence Dean - over 4 years ago
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Members of the cast of "Phantom Planet" and "Attack of the Giant Leeches" in this.


Jerome Montgomery II - over 4 years ago
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All that diversity in space way before Star Trek cool.


Stereo Catz - over 4 years ago
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“It’s the principal of the hydrogen-bomb in reverse.” It is also the principal of an air-conditioner.


Stereo Catz - over 4 years ago
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Is the voice on the other end of the radio Burgess Meredith?


Stereo Catz - over 4 years ago
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It's a little known fact that the moon is also inhabited by a secretive race of out of place stage hands.


Fredrick Stafford - almost 5 years ago
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Unseen moon people's request: “You’ve done enough damage, leave the cats and don’t come back.” Oddly that was also the final demand of my ex-wife!


Scott Davis - about 5 years ago
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I love Nuveena's dance moves! Especially the Charlie Chaplin walk!


John Harms - about 5 years ago
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Oh man! Now I know where they got all the practice for the many names of David Ryder in Space Mutiny!


abdulmannan44@hotmail.co.uk - about 5 years ago
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Thanks! You made my tumflab jiggle for about a hour.The only bad part was when my eyes bugged out and I had to decide if I wanted to snort milk through my nose or spray my keyboard with it.


ryan shei - about 5 years ago
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Ha! i like dr. forresters 'bobo' [pre] reference