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RiffTrax Discussion => Individual RiffTrax Discussion => Fun in Balloonland => Topic started by: Thrashalla on November 25, 2014, 10:24:15 AM

Title: Unleashed upon the world: "Fun in Balloonland" VOD Now Available!
Post by: Thrashalla on November 25, 2014, 10:24:15 AM
http://www.rifftrax.com/balloonland
(http://static.rifftrax.com/sites/default/files/posters/video/Balloonland_Web_0.jpg)

We would say that Fun In Balloonland is our favorite RiffTrax movie that we've ever done, but there’s just one problem: it’s hard to really describe it as a movie. It is an event. To attempt to describe its plot to you would be like attempting to divide by zero. There are balloons, there are kids, there is a parade, and there were mercifully cameras rolling to capture the madness. It’s a spectacle so cracked and baffling that you’ll have to double check to make sure it wasn’t recorded at Pirates World, home of Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny (http://www.rifftrax.com/santa-and-the-ice-cream-bunny).

In fact, the Ice Cream Bunny would have taken one look at this flick and begged off saying “Too weird for me man! Even I have my limits! Oh whoops, lost another kid off the back of the fire engine. Well, you’re gonna get that.” Fun In Balloonland throws a whole casserole of crazy at the screen: kindergartners in gold lamé diapers, giant Indian stereotypes, a maniac of a parade host, blow fish who halfheartedly tell jokes, a lengthy guessing game, The Farmer In The Dell, two headed cats, and something called The Marrying Turkey. Then Santa shows up. Trust us, it will all make sense when you sit down and watch it.*

We've been holding this one back for the holiday season ever since we discovered it at the beginning of the year and we’re delighted to finally present—no, unleash would be the better word—we’re delighted to unleash it to all of you. Please join Mike, Kevin, Bill, and the Marrying Turkey for: Fun In Balloonland.

*100% untrue.

"Today RiffTrax releases my favorite movie since they started making movies. I give you "Fun in Balloonland"." -Michael J Nelson, via Twitter

http://www.rifftrax.com/balloonland
Title: Re: Unleashed upon the world: "Fun in Balloonland" VOD Now Available!
Post by: TriffRax on November 25, 2014, 11:05:06 AM
The horror.





The horror.
Title: Re: Unleashed upon the world: "Fun in Balloonland" VOD Now Available!
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on November 25, 2014, 05:04:03 PM
Ah, well, OK, that was, something......

The guessing game ending was a killer, don't think I've laughed that much since The Ice Cream Bunny...
Title: Re: Unleashed upon the world: "Fun in Balloonland" VOD Now Available!
Post by: Trekker4747 on November 25, 2014, 06:13:04 PM
Cinema Snob (http://www.thecinemasnob.com/the-cinema-snob/fun-in-balloon-land) reviews Fun in Balloon Land.
Title: Re: Unleashed upon the world: "Fun in Balloonland" VOD Now Available!
Post by: Mark A. Siefert on November 27, 2014, 09:41:56 PM
What... have... you... DONE?!
Title: Re: Unleashed upon the world: "Fun in Balloonland" VOD Now Available!
Post by: Johnny Unusual on September 10, 2015, 08:25:56 PM
I'm really not sure who the audience for this is.  I have a hard time imagining it was released as a film for wide release.  Was it some sort of promotional thing from a city?
Title: Re: Unleashed upon the world: "Fun in Balloonland" VOD Now Available!
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on September 11, 2015, 12:58:24 AM
I'm really not sure who the audience for this is.  I have a hard time imagining it was released as a film for wide release.  Was it some sort of promotional thing from a city?

I seriously doubt it was done by the city of Philadelphia, that's where the parade footage was shot.  Pretty sure from Logan Square, the building with the pillars in the background looks like the Franklin Institute, and in the zoom shots looking way down the parkway you can see what looks like the Art Museum in the background.

It was a film made by the balloon company, I tried to find info on them when this rifftrax came out, seems they did parades from Ohio to New York, and as of a few years ago still had some kind of office up north of Philly.  I guess theaters used to be way more desperate for films to show, kind of amazing stuff like this and Ice Cream Bunny made it into theaters.
Title: Re: Unleashed upon the world: "Fun in Balloonland" VOD Now Available!
Post by: Johnny Unusual on September 11, 2015, 08:22:32 AM
That makes a lot of sense that the balloon company would do it.  It's really just a balloon showcase.
Title: Re: Unleashed upon the world: "Fun in Balloonland" VOD Now Available!
Post by: JonahFalconNYC on October 24, 2015, 01:52:53 PM
Giant Balloon Company Inc. was a pretty scummy outfit, as detailed in this thread:

http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=31619.0