Review by Michael Jacobson
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
Video: Full Frame 1.33:1
Studio: Image Entertainment
Features: See Review
Length: 27 Minutes
Release Date: April 9, 2002
this life jacket make me look fat?”
that 90 years have passed since the sinking of the once proud Titanic, that
ship couldn’t have asked for a better, more heartfelt tribute than Steve
that’s a bit of a stretch. But
come on…these Thumbation movies are damn funny.
I’ve been collecting them ever since Oedekerk launched the careers of
his appendages in Thumb Wars, and they keep delivering.
As a sometimes cynical critic, I have to confess, I’m waiting for the
inevitable entry to come out and prove that the gag just doesn’t work anymore.
It hasn’t happened yet.
spoof of James Cameron’s sprawling, Oscar winning epic puts Oedekerk’s
thumbs into the story of two young lovers on a poorly steered ship.
Jake is the poor but vibrant boy who wins his ticket to board
by…actually, you should see that for yourself.
And Geranium is the rich girl who just wants to be poor!
meet, fall in love, learn to spit, and even consummate their passion in a
specially marked car. But fate
deals them a nasty hand in the form of a big floating chunk of ice.
Soon chaos abounds, as the passengers realize that there are only two
lifeboats (!)…a couple of enterprising capitalists even start selling services
to help men get one of the coveted lifeboat spots.
you loved (or hated) about the epic movie is spoofed here, including the Celine
Dion song and video (now called “My Heart is a Thumb”).
The computer animation is very obvious, which adds to the amusement, and
the script itself is sharp and funny. The
rich folks’ dinner sequence will have you laughing out loud…it did me.
each film, Steve Oedekerk’s thumb characters get funnier and funnier…both in
appearance and in delivery. “I’m
the king of the globe!” gets a new spin, as does the liner’s lone company
representative (“I want this ship to sink faster!”). Even the lookouts in the crow’s nest are a scream
(“Doctor says I’m legally blind in the left eye and totally blind in the
and the movie even gets a happy ending this time. How, did you say? Again,
you have to see it to believe. These
thumbs have magic.
usual, these Oedekerk offerings from Image look quite good.
Generally, colors are very bright and well presented and images are sharp
and clear. There is a slight amount
of noticeable grain apparent against black colors, but it’s nothing
distracting. Overall, it remains a
5.1 soundtrack is not a bad offering, with a fair amount of special effects to
open up the listening experience a little and give it some dynamic range.
For a modestly budgeted comedy, it fits the bill very nicely.
disc includes a funny commentary track with Oedekerk and his
collaborators…I’ve always wanted to know how the Thumbation process worked;
here, Oedekerk volunteers: “we
could explain it to you, but then we’d have to kill you.”
Damn. In addition, there are
trailers for The Blair Thumb, Bat Thumb, Thumbtanic and Frankenthumb, plus
some storyboards. Titanic fans
will appreciate how some of the menu screens are modeled after its DVD release!