->''[[SubvertedKidsShow This is a family show, for Christ-sake!]]''
-->-- '''Bletch'''
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''Meet the Feebles'', a 1989 movie directed by Creator/PeterJackson, is basically The Muppets [[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs on crack and lots of hard liquor]]. It's a movie set in a world where everyone (with one exception, the contortionist Abi) is some sort of animal, anthropomorphized to varying degrees, and of different sizes, from the size of a small fish to a giant sea creature. The smaller characters are portrayed by puppets, but the larger characters are portrayed by people in costumes.

The story revolves around a show within a show, the ''Fabulous Feebles Variety Hour''. The movie starts 12 hours before the show is planned to go live, but the actors in the show all have problems of their own. For example, Heidi wonders if Bletch is cheating on her, Bletch needs to get a drug deal through, Harry thinks he has "The Big One" (Initially seems like AIDS, later stated to be [[spoiler:myxomatosis]], though whatever disease it is, it leaves him with an estimated 10 hours to live), Robert needs to get the girl of his dreams, Lucille, Sid needs to train a new batch of creatures after his old batch is run over by a barrel and deal with a paternity suit, Wynyard needs to get his Heroin fix, which he got addicted to in Vietnam, Trevor needs to find new people for the porn movie he's been filming, and Abi literally needs to get his head out of his ass.

And the only problem Kermit had was with being green...

It eventually ends in a [[ItWasHisSled surprise ending]], but in the trailer, it said "Please, [[DoNotSpoilThisEnding don't tell your friends how it all comes out in the end]]", despite the fact that the [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil preview already shows the surprise ending]], and all the viewer needs to do is connect the dots. (Plus, the cover hints at the surprise ending and the cover of the soundtrack album is an actual screencap of the ending.)
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WARNING: Once you have met the Feebles, you will ''never'' be able to watch ''The Muppet Show'' the same way again.
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!!This movie provides examples of:

* AffectionateParody
* AllPartOfTheShow: When a drugged-up Wynyard accidentally kills himself with a knife during his knife-throwing stunt, the audience thinks it's just part of the show. [[spoiler: Still, they run out screaming when Heidi bursts through the curtains on a swing with a machine gun.]]
* AnimalStereotypes
* ArtisticLicenseChemistry: The [[spoiler:Borax that Mr. Big sent Mr. Bletch as an attempt to kill him off. It even melted the dealer who ingested a load of it.]]
* AssholeVictim: The Fly in the Sky[[spoiler: and Samantha the Cat]] by Mr. Bletch [[spoiler: and Heidi Hippo respectively.]]
* AssShove: Abi the indian contortionist accidentally gets his own head shoved up his rectum during rehearsal. [[spoiler:When he finally gets it out, [[YankTheDogsChain it's crushed by a bed of nails]].]]
* BerserkButton
* BigEater: Heidi
* [[BrokenBird Broken Hippo]]: Heidi, thanks to Bletch's mistreatment of her.
* TheCameo: If you look closely, you'll notice a few aliens from ''Film/BadTaste'' in the audience.
* CampGay: Sebastian, and the doctor's voice and mannerisms suggest he is one as well.
* CatsAreMean: Samantha, Bletch's mistress, is pretty much every negative cat stereotype incarnate.
* {{Contortionist}} Abi, who is a send up to the Rubber Men.
* CrapsaccharineWorld: As Robert, the newcomer, soon discovers.
* DepravedHomosexual: Sebastian doesn't do anything actually ''evil'', but he's a JerkAss towards the cast (though this is probably just because he's a director) and he must have known full well that a family variety show wasn't an appropriate place for that particular song.
* DepravedKidsShowHost: Pretty much the entire cast.
* DirtyCoward: Sebastian. [[spoiler: The only non-nice guy to survive, only does so because he ducks into a giant carrot during Heidi's rampage. He still ends up losing an eye though.]]
** Wynyard, because of how he abandoned the commander frog, who previously rescued Wynyard from enemy soldiers.
* DrivenToSuicide: Heidi, right after Mr. Bletch tossed her aside for Samantha. [[spoiler:But then Heidi changes her mind after Samantha walks in and [[BullyingADragon taunts her during a suicide attempt]].]]
* EarnYourHappyEnding: For the very few characters that survive.
* ElmuhFuddSyndwome: Robert.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Despite being a crookish manager, even Bletch thinks that Sebastian's infamous song is not the right place for a kid's show (Like it is stated in the quote above).
* [[EverybodyOwnsAFord Everybody Owns a Morris Minor]]: Which had been out of production for almost 20 years when the film was made.
* EvilVersusEvil: [[spoiler: Bletch's goons versus Cedric's gang.]]
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Heidi temporarily turns into a killing monster after suffering a HeroicBSOD. She attempts to kill everybody in the movie, whether they deserved to die or not. While she kills several cast members who arguably did deserve death, she also murders several characters who are as far as we know, innocent. She eventually comes to her senses during the end of her killing spree.]]
* FanDisservice: The sex scenes would still be thrashy and unappealing even if they weren't shot with puppets.
* FatBastard: Bletch; pretty much a given since he's a crooked walrus. Sid the elephant [[spoiler:subverts it by running to the rescue of his infant child at the cost of his kneecaps]].
* {{Fauxreigner}}
* {{Flashback}}
* GagBoobs: Heidi, Heidi, ''HEIDI''.
* GiantEnemyCrab: Cedric's mooks.
* GiantSpider: [[spoiler: One appears during the showdown between Bletch and Cedric's gangs, killing one of Bletch's goons.]]
* [[spoiler:GirlWithPsychoWeapon: Heidi.]]
* [[spoiler:HeroicBSOD: Heidi again, toward the final act.]]
* HopeSpot: Twice. Once, when Harry learns the doctor made a mistake, he is happy to be alive, [[spoiler:only to get gunned down by Heidi moments later]]. Second, [[spoiler:it looks like Heidi might stop massacring people when she sees Seymour being dragged away by Sandy, only to shoot Sandy's head off and leave Seymour splattered with his mother's blood.]]
* HotSkittyOnWailordAction: Initially, Trevor is seen shooting a BDSM porn flick starring two actors known as the Masked Masochist and Madam Bovine. After [[YouJustRuinedTheShot Robert walks in and ruins the shot]], Madam Bovine sits on the Masochist, killing him. The Masochist was a cockroach.
* InfantImmortality
* KarmaHoudini: Sebastian, (especially since [[spoiler:a lot of much less {{Jerkass}}y characters get slaughtered in the finale]]). However Sebastian is seen in an eyepatch which implies he lost an eye while trying to escape the rampage.
** Ironically after Sebastian performed "that song", Bletch orders Trevor to "eliminate the fudgepacker" but Heidi's rampage managed to prevent this. Also Sebastian "enjoys the act of sodomy" but claims God doesn't like the very act yet manages to survive the rampage.
* [[spoiler:KillEmAll: The climax, courtesy of Heidi. There are some survivors, though.]]
* KnifeNut: Wynyard has a knife-throwing act, but has a terrible case of the shakes. The result is just as bad as you think.
* LovableSexManiac: Harry, whose obsession with sex is what leads to his disease.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Robert to Lucille
* MessyPig: Cedric. He's a ViolentGlaswegian drug-trafficking punk boar, so any business you have with him is bound to be messy.
* NaiveNewcomer: Robert, predicting [[Film/TheMuppets Walter]] by a whopping 22 years.
* NationalStereotypes: The only German in the movie sells cakes and pastries, and Abi, an Indian, is into mysticism and contortion. Let's not get into the Vietnamese... '''[[MixandMatchCritters things]]''' in Wynard's flashback.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Trevor's voice is an obvious PeterLorre parody. And a good one, at that!
** It's also worth noting that, intentional or otherwise, Trevor is much closer to the menacing villains Lorre often played than most Peter Lorre parodies.
* OnlyOneName: No one has a last name.
* {{Paparazzi}}: The reporter fly that is constantly harassing Harry because of his disease.
* ParallelPornTitles: Although there are porn titles mentioned, none of them spoof actual movie titles. There ''is'' a genuine example, although not with a movie title: Bletch hopes to win the "Hooker Prize", a takeoff on the Booker Prize.
* PatchworkKids: Sidney and Sandy's baby, Seymour, has an elephant's head and a chicken's body. When Arthur sees Seymour for the first time, he comments to Sidney that "[[FamilyEyeResemblance it's got [Sidney's] eyes]]".
* PrimaDonnaDirector: Sebastian.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Subverted to hell and back. Aside from Robert, Lucille, Arthur and -- arguably -- Seymour, nearly all the animals in this movie are or eventually become ugly, disease ridden, rotten or just generally unpleasant.
* SerenadeYourLover: One of the sweetest and least disturbing moments in the film.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Wynyard really didn't deal well with his experiences in 'Nam.
* ShoutOut:
** The Jesus on a crucifix in this movie looks like Kermit the Frog. Since the whole thing is a Muppets parody, it might as well have been intentional.
** Wynyard's Vietnam flashback has a scene where they are forced to do Russian Roulette, as a reference for ''Film/TheDeerHunter''.
* SkewedPriorities: After all the deaths and injuries during the rehearsal, Sebastian's only concern is that the show is now low on actors so he now has a chance to reinstate his own musical number.
* ShowWithinAShow
* SoundtrackDissonance
* StuffyOldSongsAboutTheButtocks: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Sodomy Song.]]
* StunnedSilence: The audience's reaction to the above. [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Sebastian takes a bow anyway]].
* TalkingAnimal: Most animals are anthro, but several, such as the fish, are basically talking animals.
* TheDiseaseThatShallNotBeNamed: Both the disease Harry thinks he has (AIDS) and what he actually has ([[spoiler:myxomatosis]]). They're referred to as "The Big One" ([[NamesTheSame not to be confused with]] [[Series/JAKQDengekitai the Sentai hero]]) and "Bunny Pox", respectively.
* TheVietnamWar: Wynard's flashback.
* TokenHuman: Abi, the only human character in a cast of animals. He's still a puppet, though.
* TwoForOneShow
* VarietyShow
* ViolentGlaswegian: Cedric
* VomitIndiscretionShot: Harry puking over the stage when he tries to perform regardless of his illness.
* YouDirtyRat: Trevor is pretty much a textbook example.
* YouJustRuinedTheShot: At one point Robert interrupts Trevor's aforementioned BDSM porn shoot.
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler:Heidi]]
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