Stuff & Nonsense
* There was a sequel to "Design For Dreaming" which also starred Thelma Tadlock. You can view a streaming video of this short here... A Touch of Magic
* Roddy Murdock -who, as Mike observes, does look a lot like that dentist elf in "Rudolf"- was played by Robert Montgomery Jr. Robert's father was a star in Hollywood (Hitchcock's "Mr. & Mrs. Smith") while his sister, Elizabeth, made it big in TV land as Samantha in "Bewitched"
Riffs Explained: Sports Style!
"I'd rather be knitting" - Mike
A character in the movie resembles Rosey Grier. Rosey was a massive defensemen for the Giants and was a member of the LA Rams famed "Fearsome Foursome" (which included "Mitchell's" very own Merlin Olson). Grier's hobby was needlepoint.
"Vince Coleman's here, look out!" - Crow
Said during an explosion: In July 24, 1993. NY Mets outfielder Vince Coleman, tossed an M-80 firecracker from a car while at Dodger Stadium. The explosion injured several fans.
* Village of the Giants
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* Discuss this episode
With Short: Design For Dreaming
524: First Broadcast - 7 pm Saturday, Feb 5th 1994
#43 in Mighty Jack's Top 50
Excellence Level: Platinum
Movie Pain: low - Fun and melodramatic
Riffing: Slow in spots, but generally out of this world
12 men & women, representing countries from around the world, are sent to explore the moon. They discover that its surface is hot and acidic and that the inhabitants -Who speak a language only the Chinese can read- don't care for us Earthlings. The moonies steal our cats and freeze America, but our selflessness and courage impresses them - and despite the French, everyone lives happily ever after.
Folks who started off watching MST during the Sci-Fi era, will notice a familiar smell when they view this one. First: Those "tough guy" names heard during "Space Mutiny" were first tested here; as our Captain is rechristened... Bronc Drywall, Chuck Hardflab, Stump Hugelarge, Chunk Pylon, among others. They'll also notice similarities to "Phantom Planet". Same producer, same meteor shower, same uniforms, same Francis X Bushman, Anthony Dexter and Richard Weber (you know, the "Brightest and the Best" guy).
And like those, "12 to the Moon" receives some first rate riffing: My favorite scene was when the astronauts activate their invisible face plates. After a chorus of jeers from M&TB, Crow adds... "Now I'm activating my wings and I'll fly" And as a cat lover, I got a big kick out of the quips involving the 2 feline passengers.
While the movie gave me belly laughs, The Short in this episode is only fair. The thought of a masked man and a dancing lady gadding about at an auto show sounds promising, but it doesn't completely deliver. It does however provide the inspiration for a series of entertaining host segments. As Bridget Jones visits as Nuveena, woman of the future.
Intro: Mike attends Gypsy's tea party. Segment 1: Frank roasts Forrester and it's Tennis time aboard the SOL. Segment 2: Nuveena, woman of the future visits and sings. Segment 3: The gangs all packed to leave but the bots are concerned about Nuveena. Segment 4: Nuveena uses the bots like appliances so Mike asks her to leave. End: Letters and Nuveena pops into Deep 13. Stinger: German sez, "Ahhh, ridiculous"
*"That's the nicest oxygen tent I've ever seen" - Crow
*"She's a high maintenance date" - Mike
*"Oh, it's a salute to Mr. B Natural" - Crow
*"Unfettered avarice by Madison Avenue" - Mike
*"Pregnant woman and schnauzer, optional" - Mike
*"Look, dead raccoon of the future" - Mike
*"This is what happens when you go to an auto show with Michael Crawford" - Servo
*"I Had a near death experience like this" - Crow
*"My cake is ready!" - "I call no way" - Gal/Mike
*"During the entire flight" - "I'll be talking" - Narrator/Servo
*"And this one turns on the bathroom fan" - Crow
*"Where's your invisible thing?" - "It's in my purse" - Crow/Mike
*"Walk slow and stupid, were on the Moon" - Mike
*"Hey, stink up your own area" - Crow
*"Whoo, exploding urinal cakes" - Crow
*"Come on up professor mittens" - Servo
*"I kind of feel bad about our passion for conquest" - Crow
*"Woa, The Captains a log short of a cord" - Mike
*"Downtown St. Paul after 4" - Mike
*"Hey, hey guys it's me, Puffball, and Taffy!" - Servo as Cats
*"Scrappy, you should have gone before we left" - Mike
*"That's their early warning system. A cocker spaniel?" - Mike
*"My work here is done. Now you can all just look at my clearly defined area" - Mike
*"That's foreign for, better you than me" - Crow
*"Captain, we're being fertilised" - Crow
*"Hey give Heinrich the Heimlich" - Crow
*"I have named it!" - "It's called Me-ite" - Old Guy/Servo
*"I call it ME Juice!" - Crow