Thumbtanic
Image // Unrated // $9.99 // April 9, 2002
Review by Blake Kunisch | posted November 12, 2002
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The Movie: Thumbtanic is a parody of the mega-blockbuster hit, Titanic - on a much, much smaller scale. The gimmick in this parody is that instead of people making fun of the movie, all we get is people's thumbs. With an interesting blend of computer graphics and thumb-puppets, Titanic comes to life once again, albeit in a much shortened version, lampooning all the sappy, over-dramatic moments from the original film. Written by Steve Odekirk (Kung Pow: Enter the Fist), you're not quite sure what you're going to be presented with, but in this scant 26 minute-long movie, just about everything from Titanic is covered in a hilarious way - with thumbs. There really isn't much to Thumbtanic, and if you look deeper, you're not going to find anything - it is what it is - a short, thumb-filled farse. A few jokes really succeed and have you laughing out loud, while others are just too stupid to even elicit a chuckle. All in all, the movie itself is short, but sweet - a great film just to pop in to amuse yourself for a short period of time.

The Picture: Not much to say about the picture - it's clean with very few imperfections. Color is crisp, and, while not in widescreen, it is the original aspect ratio and Image does a good job with this DVD release.

The Sound: As with the picture, not much to say. This DVD offers both Dolby 2.0 and 5.1. 5.1 makes good use of the surround elements and is a nice addition to this comedic film. Dialogue is easy to understand throughout and just what you would expect from talking thumbs.

The Extras: The only real extra worth paying attention to is the commentary track. Being only 26 minutes (like the film), it's easy to sit through and does feature some interesting insights into the filming of thumbs and the special effects put into this movie. Steve Odekirk is funny as usual and lightens up the commentary track at quite a few points. Well worth the listen.

Conclusion: All in all, Thumbtanic isn't the cinematic masterpiece of the year - in fact, it doesn't even come close. But it does accomplish what it set out to do - provide a few laughs while lampooning James Cameron's lavish Titanic. The thumbs are hilarious to watch and add a new element to the parody element as they try and perform various human expressions and actions. The film is short and sweet and will keep you laughing.



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