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SPIKE & MIKE’S
SICK & TWISTED FESTIVAL OF ANIMATION (no one under 18 admitted)


SPIKE AND MIKE’S SICK & TWISTED FESTIVAL OF ANIMATION is not just a collection of animated shorts—it’s an event. Before going, one must prepare for this crass collection of vulgar animation by either ingesting an ample amount of alcohol or smoking a big fatty. As the brochure claims, “Every pre-show freak show is shocking and unpredictable.” Unfortunately, the little shenanigans put on by the emcees were wholly unoriginal and included cardboard cutouts from last year: Emcees choose opposite-sex volunteers and have them dry-hump a blow-up doll. The audience picks the winner. Funny the first... oh, all right, funny the second time, too.

This year, S&M dish 15 new films to provoke guffaws, vomiting, and even crying (from laughing too hard, of course). The selection of animation had a quicker pace and a greater energy than last year. Although I lamented the absence of “Stinky Monkey,” shorts like festival mainstays “No Neck Joe,” “Harry Pothead and the Magical Herb,” and Bill Plympton’s “Eat” helped wash away my primate woes.

Everyone loves VH1’s investigatory “Behind the Music.” Heavy.com puts a new spin on the favorite behind-the-scenes show, and delves into the “real” lives of pop icons (ha) Eminem and Britney Spears, revealing why Slim substitutes money for love and Britney reeks of trailer trash. But y’all knew that already, right?

A highlight of Spike & Mike’s was “Bad Phone Sex,” wherein Chris Rock (his head superimposed on an animated body) tries to seduce a prude over the phone, but she just doesn’t give Rock what he’s looking for.

Another treat came in the form of Tenacious D’s video, “Fuck Her Gently.” Jack Black and bandmate Kyle Gass play animated roly-poly cherubs trying to make sweet love to an angel. Animation can’t get any better than musical accompaniment provided by the “D.”

Other festival ’toons included “Hello, Dad, I’m in Jail,” “Of Mice and Men and Mama Cass,” “Pornoless,” and “Love That Pussy.” Spike & Mike think of everything. Just when you think the night has been oversaturated with smut and things can’t get any nastier—or better—the ‘Ikes whip out a classic encore: Don Hertzfeldt’s Academy Award-nominated “Rejected.” His parade of stick-figures-gone-gross vomit, bleed out their anuses, and even come equipped with unusually large spoons.

With all the hoopla accompanying it, the Spike & Mike show remains true to its roots—animators’ best friends and parents’ worst nightmares.

—Jennifer Prestigiacomo

hybridCinema Ratings Guide:

Take a pal and pay full price for both tickets.

It’s worth a full-price ticket.

It’s worth a matinee ticket.

Wait for video rental.

Check out the video from the library, if you must.

While we would never encourage anyone to destroy a video...


Mike Doughty



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