Much as I love "Close Encounters", this group of actors has put together one of the best parodies of any movie that I've ever seen. To do this they use music, sound effects and the marvelous voice talents of Corey Burton and Sandy Stotzer, who are eerily adept at doing Hans Conried, James Mason, and other famous actors, as well as the majority of the voices we've all known and loved on Rocky and Bullwinkle. I had to check the credits to make sure it wasn't Hans Conried I was hearing.
Not a movie but a short, "Closet Cases" royally skewers CE3K. It's 20 minutes of running time follow the movie plot, but there's an ingenious bit about Pi, which the Bureau of Listening to Things from Outer Space had been receiving in a "Message from the Martians" ("I was a scientist before I became a bad actor. I know what that message means!"). Sara Lee pastries is also involved in the plot, as are CE3K's shaving cream and mashed potato's ("It's a message from outer space, Gladys, right here on our dinner table!"), and a child's backyard pool is used in a pretty inventive manner. The ending also uses a symbol from CE3K in a very ingenious way.
This is difficult to find (the cable channels used to show it in the very early 80's as filler), but if you look for "Hardware Wars and Other Satires," which was put out on tape a bunch of years ago, this short is included on the tape, along with "Hardware Wars", the excellent "Porklips Now" (a spoof of "Apocalypse Now,") by Ernie Fosselius, and "Bambi Meets Godzilla" in all it's insane glory. The tape is well worth whatever money you pay for it, because "Closet Cases" is hysterical.
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