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819 - Invasion of the Neptune Men



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Klaatu - about 1 month ago
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OMG!! @ 1:14:29 What is a giant figure of Adolph Hitler doing on the front of that Japanese building!? I'd love an explanation, 'cause that's just plain wrong.


Klaatu - about 1 month ago
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Why at 8:29 do the school children all sit on outdoor chairs?


NO Continuity directer
Klaatu - about 1 month ago
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@ 38:10 there are office chairs spinning and falling about. HOW did the aliens aquire American office furniture on their planet!!


Teri Gee - about 3 years ago
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So...to keep myself from falling into an existential void during this final air battle, I started thinking about the decision to make this half-hour battle. I mean, really, would this be interesting to anyone? It really is at least 30 minutes, and there's very little going on. You have people staring up at the sky and cheering every so often. Then, you have the same four repeated scenes...over and over. Children wouldn't be interested in this...or at least, I can't imagine that they would be for this long. So...is it directed toward children? If not, I can't imagine adults enjoying this, either.

Or...do the Japanese just have a different definition of what makes an entertaining movie?


FedoraMark - 3 months ago
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I learned recently that Space Chief was played by Sonny Chiba, who would later go on to play Hattori Hanzo in Kill Bill who ran a sushi bar. This means he really was, as Crow points out, Space 'Chef'.


Hawthorne Rollings - over 2 years ago
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I wonder if George Takai did any voice work on this movies.


Funky The Monkey - 7 months ago
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Watching it here and there and just notice a Bill Maher reference. He's not too different today but more...he could use more pot to chill out.


Ethan Reynolds - 9 months ago
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By far on of my very favorites. I fall asleep at night watching this. Always makes me laugh and puts me in a good mood before bed.


Stereo Catz - 9 months ago
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How the hell have I never noticed that that's Sonny Chiba?


Mitchell - over 4 years ago
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Good point Scooter Antreides! If the Neptunians could disguise their big azz spacesuits to appear as humans, it would have been so much more fun if they had chosen to appear as Japanese bikini beach babes!


Tim Hall - 11 months ago
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RuPaul?


Kenny Redux
Donald Petkus - almost 4 years ago
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Yet another Japanese kid named Kenny? Or is it supposed to be the same Kenny from the Gamera movie?


Go Go Power....oh....wait, just EAT IT MOVIE!!
S.A. Nathe - over 1 year ago
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this movie needed the Thunder Megazord fighting Goldar....or something better than LP-losing Neptunian Krankor-Wannabes...


Muffin - over 1 year ago
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uhhhgg, that felt like Prince of Space beta, and it was not pretty. Krankor totally saves the day.


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Drinking game: take a shot every time a group of characters run somewhere.


Last of the Wild Ponies - over 1 year ago
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5:36 I'm surprised they didn't do a copyright-suit-avoiding version of Suicide Is Painless.


Last of the Wild Ponies - over 1 year ago
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8:30 Um, phrasing?


Kelly Slane - over 5 years ago
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About that Hitler building... Was is a WWII museum or something? Anyone know? Or just a random Hitler building?


Stereo Catz - about 4 years ago
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Ha-ha... Tojo didn't die in a car.


Joseph Ewing - over 4 years ago
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It sounds like Bill Corbett is playing Krankor in that skit where he visits the SOL. Is it Bill? If it is, how did they do that?


The humanity - about 3 years ago
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These old, black and white Japanese monster/goofy-kid films are really a chore, and you've got to be working or messing with photoshop at the same time otherwise watching this would be impossible.
I'm only watching this just for a sense of completion.


The humanity - about 3 years ago
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And I know, "repeat to yourself it's just a show", but it made far more sense that Mike and the bots would be tortured by these films by Dr.F's experimentations from Deep 13 than it does that Pearl is in ancient Rome and somehow sending them movies.


Gal Dagon - almost 2 years ago
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31:44 - It's the Asian Ben Carson!


Snuffy Wuffykiss - almost 2 years ago
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Lol. How bad is it when Fantom of Krankor saves the day!


Teri Gee - over 2 years ago
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I think that this episode and Prince of Space have two of the cleverest host segments in the series: the wormhole time dilation thing and the Noh theater. There are other really excellent host segments (the "Previously on..." from The Deadly Bees comes to mind), but I think these are extremely clever.


Brandon Danger Holland - almost 2 years ago
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11:58 One of Servo's best riffs of all time


Jane Sproul - over 2 years ago
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"I get it, Mike." Bless your heart, Gypsy.


Nicholas Brownlee - almost 5 years ago
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1:14:29 "The Hitler building!"...really Japan, WHAT THE HELL?!?


William Knowles - almost 5 years ago
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One Neptunian's epic adventure through the galaxy in a mad frenzy over the loss of his favorite record.


Sarahbean - about 4 years ago
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I had rojipanty complex once a few years ago, nasty stuff.


Stephen A Nathe - over 3 years ago
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Dude!! SPACE CHIEF looks like PROTOMAN (Mega Man's brother)

http://megaman.wikia.com/wiki/File:Protoman10.png


Cliff Beefpile - over 2 years ago
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No seriously, why does the music sound as though it's written and performed by Stalin's house band?


Clayton Patrick Riggs - about 5 years ago
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Does anyone else think that the kid in the light gray beanie sound just like Vincent Van Gopher from the Deputy Dog cartoons?


Last of the Wild Ponies - over 2 years ago
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41:09 "The electro-barrier is good." I like it VERY MUCH.


Jane Sproul - almost 3 years ago
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Gave this a laugh just for the Krankor bit.


Gal Dagon - over 5 years ago
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It seems quite plausible that Japan would have something called a "Roji panty complex."


Crypto Dentist - over 3 years ago
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I love movies (see also Fire Maidens of Outer Space) where the guys can be distracted by something in the theater or leave it entirely, yet there's so little action in the movie we don't miss anything. This episode from the fourth host segment to the credits is just one of the best chunks of riffing for me!


Crypto Dentist - almost 3 years ago
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Hey, in defense of this film, I bet if I were 5 years old (and maybe back in the 60s), this would rock. Or uh, be somewhat entertaining. Anyone with 5 year-olds care to chime in?

... Sonny Chiba, Iron Sharp 5evr


James GreyWolf - almost 3 years ago
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The Noh sketch reminds me of another Abbot and Costello imitation. This one was a little more direct. Comedian back in 80's who was an excellent impressionist did his version of Who's on First (Abbot and Costello's voices), save the sketch is a discussion of the Iran-Iraq conflict.

"There's this guy in charge of Iraq that they keep talking about. But I don't know his name. What is the name of that leader?"
"Husein."
"I dunno whose sayin' this. I just want to know the guy's name."
Other mix ups through the sketch.
Saddam = Sit down.
Iran = I ran.
Irac (I-Rock pronunciation) = I walk.

There were other misinterpretations, but it has been way too long since I saw that sketch.


Mike Carmona - almost 3 years ago
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Maybe they should've ordered the eye-lash mites to "LEAVE THE BRONX. YOU ARE ORDERED TO LEAVE THE BRONX." I mean, it worked in Escape 2000...right?


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You know, even though the Roman times story arc isn't really a favorite, that IS a very nice matte painting in the background of the set.


RoyalSapien - over 5 years ago
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I may turn Mike saying "Can't get enough of that Sugar Crisp" into a ringtone.


Scooter Atreides - about 5 years ago
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The weird thing is--except for a few minor details--this is almost exactly the same movie as Prince of Space...Only Prince of Space is a riot: One of the most enjoyable films ever shown on MST3K--while THIS movie sapped my will to live :P

What a difference one simple Phantom of Krankor makes!


Stephen A Nathe - over 3 years ago
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duh duh duh duduhduh...eat it movie!!!!


Stephen A Nathe - over 3 years ago
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read between the lines kids.....


Teri Gee - over 3 years ago
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I'm really impressed by the little bits of food glued to Mike's face after they kill off the eyelash mites. Whoever made those did a good job.


Stephen A Nathe - over 3 years ago
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saddest thing about THIS and Prince of Space, is they're like the predecessors to later shows like Power Rangers....


Stereo Catz - over 3 years ago
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You've really got to appreciate a group of alien invader who anyone with 2 functioning limbs could defeat hand-to-hand.


Leslie Doesn't Get You - about 4 years ago
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18:56 So, since the Ma gauge is fluctuating up and down, does that mean it's a YO-YO MA??


Teridactyl - over 3 years ago
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Movie, it's "laboratory" not "lavatory".


Stephen A Nathe - over 3 years ago
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n'est-ce pas! n'est-ce pas!


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No matter how many times I watch this episode, Servo's losing it during the stock footage at the end floors me ever time.


Teri Gee - about 4 years ago
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I have a question: Brain Guy is about to use a noose to hang himself...but he's supposed to be just a brain. So would killing his body really kill him? Clearly, he wouldn't be able to communicate in the same way, but if his brain is really independent of his body, then, killing the body wouldn't do anything to solve his problem. Right?


Stephen A Nathe - over 3 years ago
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"Space Chief failed miserably, and tried to cover up his shame!!"


Classicats - over 4 years ago
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My cat sat on my lap and watched the entire interminable flight fight sequence towards the end of the movie. I think he's the only creature on earth who has ever enjoyed it.


Rory Simpson - almost 4 years ago
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Fight choreography by the 4th grade.


Bruce Ellsworth Reed - about 4 years ago
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Noh theatre. I think I will go watch "Vampire Hunter D."


Bruce Ellsworth Reed - about 4 years ago
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I love this epi! It has some of the best skits and riffs ever! Definitely in my top five list! "Gamera, get back in your cage!" Oh, and the one about a copy of Middle America.


Lauren Tjarks - about 4 years ago
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Ok, I just looked up eyelash mites...DON'T DO IT!


Stereo Catz - almost 5 years ago
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Can't help but notice Krancor wasn't in the credits.


Bruce Ellsworth Reed - about 4 years ago
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"The most exciting part of the movie is the countdown. Will he reach one, will he remember the next number?"


James Krummel - about 4 years ago
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While the movie was a big pile of stinkburger, I enjoyed it thoroughly because of the gang's riffing. I especially enjoyed Tom's little jumps when ever he said "Hey!" and all their slowly going crazy towards the end. Definitely a gem.


Mike Carmona - over 4 years ago
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1:04:38 "I just LOVE her earring," the director said.


Zap Rowsdower - over 4 years ago
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Why did they separate these films? They are supposed to be a serial. Maybe too much of this would make people stop watching. I find these Toei movies hard to watch even with the SOL crew riffing them.


SpoungeBot - over 4 years ago
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Operation gross eye is one of the funniest if not the funniest opening skits ever, it shoulda won an emmy.


Fredrick Stafford - over 4 years ago
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Alas, if only I could also of had Krankor show up to buoy my spirits during my tragic and agonizing viewing of Battlefield Earth.


Mitchell - over 4 years ago
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So the Neptune Men come from an advanced civilization that designed spacesuits that make it impossible to turn their heads to the side; they can only see out through a tiny welder's mask sized window and they move like they haven't been able to change their astronaut diapers in quite some time.


Mitchell - over 4 years ago
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SPOILER ALERT ! ! !- This movie really blows.


Reconst - over 5 years ago
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The Idiot Control Song and Canada Song are pretty good bits, but I prefer Noh bit.


Flag on the Moon - over 4 years ago
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I had Rojipantycomplex as a child when I was too young to appreciate the cure.


Leslie Doesn't Get You - almost 5 years ago
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1:02:07 The Japanese Dan Rather!


Leslie Doesn't Get You - almost 5 years ago
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Why the hell do these kids have lawn chairs in their classroom?


Scooter Atreides - almost 5 years ago
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If the Neptune invaders have the power to masquerade as humans, why did they appear as male soldiers in Geisha make-up?
If it's just an illusion, couldn't they have looked like anything they wished?


Nicholas Brownlee - almost 5 years ago
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at 29:22 that kid said "Our reactor, they BLEWED up our reactor!" What a missed opportunity for the guys! That's almost as good as "it dived into the river" from Gamera. This line is called back in only a couple episodes. Mostly Gamera Vs. ___ ones.


Stereo Catz - almost 5 years ago
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So the alien's plan was to start a war between America, and Japan, who at the time was a conquered protectorate of America?


Alex Stefanic - over 5 years ago
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Japan, just...just......what the hell Japan?


Stereo Catz - almost 5 years ago
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21:40 ... Who's on FIRST!


Reconst - over 5 years ago
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Oh, I don't know if there are any Rage Against the Machine fans here, but a clip of this movie (specifically at 13:55) was used in their video for "Testify."


Jason Edwards - about 5 years ago
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Scientists labor to find out just 'What the HELL' is the deal with Japan.


Gal Dagon - over 5 years ago
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What. A. Turdburger.


Zap R. - over 5 years ago
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either these aliens are on Xanax, or they evolved from sloths. did anyone get a look at how many toes they have?