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Film: A Case of Spring Fever

A Case Of Spring Fever (1940) is an educational short produced by the Jam Handy Organization intended to teach high school students a physics lesson in Hooke's Law.

This short is public domain and viewable at the Internet Archive.

For the Mystery Science Theater 3000 version, please go to the episode recap page. This was the only short from the tenth season and the final short ever done on Mystery Science Theater 3000... and let it be said that they went out on a high note. And then riffed it again as the short before RiffTrax Live: Sharknado.

A Case of Spring Fever contains examples of:

  • Be Careful What You Wish For
  • Bowdlerise: If there were no Hooke's Law, be prepared from some really ugly Body Horror. Gilbert got off easy.
  • Cartoon Creature: Coily.
  • Catch Phrase: "NO SPRINGS!"
  • Character Filibuster: Gilbert gushing about springs.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Coily removes all springs from the world just because Gilbert verbally expressed some frustration while trying to fix a mattress.
  • Driven to Madness: Gilbert giving sermons about springs seems to give this vibe.
  • Easily Forgiven: Coily reversing Gilbert's wish just as quickly as he made it.
  • Easy Evangelism: Conspicuously averted. Gilbert's spring-centric proselytizing does nothing more than annoy his golf buddies, who obviously couldn't give a rat's ass about the thousands and thousands of everyday uses for springs.
  • Educational Short
  • It's a Wonderful Plot: The first half pretty much consists of Gilbert seeing what the world would be like without springs.
  • Odd Job Gods: Coily.
  • Otaku: Gilbert.
  • Pun-Based Title
  • Reality Warper: Coily has the ability to miraculously remove all springs from the world in seconds flat. He also appears able to be able to rewind time in order to restore the world to its previous state. That is, assuming the whole thing isn't an elaborate Mind Rape for Gilbert.
  • Roger Rabbit Effect: Coily is animated; everything else is live-action.
  • Stealth Parody: Considering that most educational shorts don't feature people becoming incredibly bored and resentful of the information therein, this may be one.
    • Not necessarily a parody— it does convey all the information expected of it. It was just really well-written, by the standards of a Jam Handy educational short.
    • It's also part of the short's Show, Don't Tell stategy: the golf buddies can fall asleep in the car because of the many levels of springs cushioning their ride.
  • Technology Marches On: A decent number of the mentioned uses for springs have since been made obsolete thanks to computer technology.
    • Lampshaded in the MST3K riffing:
    Servo: "Ohh, I'll show Coily! I'm gonna digitize everything!"
  • Truth in Television: To be fair, it's not about steel springs per se. It's about Hooke's Law, better known as The Law of Elasticity.
  • The Trickster: Coily.
  • Unfortunate Names: Coily
  • Verbal Tic: Every time Coily vanishes, it's accompanied by a strange springy whistle.

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alternative title(s): A Case Of Spring Fever
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