->''"Today Marge Nelson becomes Marge Spengo!\\
And all across the planet, our hearts will do the tango!"''

''Mom and Dad Save the World'' is a 1992 film parody of ''Film/{{Flash Gordon|1980}}'' which stars Creator/JonLovitz, Teri Garr, Creator/JeffreyJones, Creator/EricIdle, Thalmus Rasulala and other actors. Lovitz plays Emperor Tod Spengo, who is the cruel, silly and over-dramatic emperor of the planet named Spengo (which Spengo conquered and renamed after himself). Teri Garr plays Marge Nelson and Jeffrey Jones plays Dick Nelson, her husband.

Emperor Spengo, with General Afir at his side, takes over a small planet at the edge of the galaxy populated entirely by idiots, and renames it after himself. He orders that all the resources of the planet should be engaged to create his "Death Ray Laser". The laser's purpose is to destroy Earth, thus making Spengo the greatest planet in the Universe. When Emperor Spengo looks at exactly where his Laser would strike, he sees Marge Nelson exercising -- and falls in love.

Using his Magnobeam (a giant magnet), he kidnaps Marge and her husband Dick as they are on their way to a 20th-anniversary weekend. He hopes to make Marge his before he blows up the Earth. Dick and Marge get separated on Spengo, Marge is sent to the lap of luxury, waited on by small people with fish or dog heads, while Dick is thrown into a dungeon. Can Dick find his way back to Marge? Can the rightful king of Spengo retake his throne? What the hell were Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon smoking when they wrote this? [[spoiler: Weed. Bales and bales of weed.]] [[spoiler: So it's a Disney movie?]]

!! This movie contains examples of:

* AffectionateParody: It poses the question: what if Emperor Ming was [[Creator/JonLovitz a short, fat, insecure hopeless loser]]?
** Or if Flash Gordon was an average looking everyman.
* AndNowYouMustMarryMe
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Hold it Spengo! That's MY wife you've got there, that's MY planet you're trying to blow up and ''(looking at Afir tied to the Death Ray)'' that's... just some guy I met.
* BaldOfEvil: Tod Spengo, but he spends most of the movie hiding it. It was likely intentional, because hes constantly changing his hairstyle.
* BizarreSexualDimorphism: The dog-headed aliens and the fish-headed aliens are different genders of the same species (male and female, respectively).
* BoundAndGagged: Marge, near the end of the film.
* TheCaligula: Emperor Tod Spengo. If it weren't a comedy, he could be downright frightening.
* CallBack: "Open my pants." "He ''does'' know father!"
* CompensatingForSomething. Tod Spengo, in droves. In fact, he wants to destroy the Earth for certain reasons.
-->'''Tod:''' The Earth! You think you're ''so big''. ''So'' important!
** ''Really'' compensating.
--->'''Tod:''' Greetings, Marge Nelson. I am Tod the Destroyer, ruler of all you see. Impressed?
--->'''Marge:''' Oh, yes. You have an absolutely adorable little planet here. \\
'''Tod:''' ''(strained laugh)'' Ah, hah. Oh, so... you think my planet is little? \\
'''Marge:''' Oh, yes, it's just tiny. \\
'''Tod:''' ''(barely contained rage)'' I'll have you know, Marge Nelson, it's not the ''size'' of your planet, it's ''how you use it''!
** And it goes on.
--->'''Marge:''' Todd... are you... insecure? \\
'''Tod:''' ''(denial laugh)'' Hah! Me? Insecure? If I were insecure '''WHY WOULD I SPEAK SO LOUDLY?''' Hm? How about ''now'', dear Marge? What do you think of me ''now''?!
** If you look at the plate on the wall which Dick and Marge stand in front of for a picture, it shows a "scale comparison" between the Sears Tower and Spengo's tower.
* DittoAliens: Averted with the dog-men and fish-ladies, who possess differing fur[=/=]scale tones and patterns within their individual type. Marge is even able to recognize her guard from a fish-lady's family photo she'd seen earlier, and offer marriage counseling to help him get back together with his wife.
* DoubleEntendre: Spengo drops these occasionally. Example in CompensatingForSomething.
* DressingAsTheEnemy: Good news: Sympathetic guard. Bad news: [[EvilOverlordList No face-concealing helmet, and the borrowed uniform isn't even close to being your size]] Good news: planet of idiots. Bad news: Afir is no idiot.
* EarthShatteringKaboom: What Spengo plans to do.
* {{Egopolis}}: One of the more extreme examples, as Tod renamed ''the entire planet'' after himself. Admittedly a really small planet, but still...
* {{Expy}}: Aside from the ''Film/{{Flash Gordon|1980}}'' parody, one talking rat looks and behaves suspiciously like [[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi Salacious Crumb]].
* FacePalm: One of the Dog Guards during the "mutton chop" scene below.
* FamilyFriendlyFirearms: The laser weapons are especially jarring since the planet's denizens themselves know and acknowledge that they are all idiots. On the other hand, they're so inaccurate that it's openly acknowledged in-universe that throwing a rock is more dangerous.
* {{Fanservice}}: The entirety of the rebellious people, but especially Kathy Ireland. Not in the least because of her...
* FurBikini: Worn by the female natives. The men wear loincloths are and mostly bare-chested as well.
* GenderEqualsBreed: It is implied that the bulldog-men and fish-ladies are members of the same species.
* TheGoodChancellor: General Afir.
* GroinAttack: Marge knees Tod in the groin, but he is unaffected, mostly.
-->'''Tod:''' ''(high pitched voice)'' Thank you!
* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: Double subversion here.
* HumansAreMorons: The dog- and fish-people don't seem to be stupid. It could be only the human-like aliens are idiots.
* IdiotBall: This covers everyone on Spengo who ''doesn't'' [[TooDumbToLive die from their own stupidity]].
** IdiotPlot: {{Lampshaded}} because it's explicitly stated that everyone living in the fictional society really is an idiot.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: The Destroyers all graduated. The fact that their weapons don't fire in a straight line doesn't help.
* KillerRabbit: The Lubb-Lubbs, which resemble cute, smiling mushroom like beings. Their actual mouths are huge and sharklike, filled with ''nasty pointy teeth''.
** Also filled with another mouth that is also filled with ''nasty pointy teeth''.
*** They do taste good - at least to the natives - ''with heavy grease''. [[{{Squick}} Yum!]]
* LampshadeHanging: Give them credit - the denizens of Spengo ''know'' they're idiots.
-->'''King Raff:''' Did I mention [[PlanetOfHats we were a planet of idiots]]?
* LikeADuckTakesToWater: Just like Literature/JohnCarterOfMars was able to use his comparatively HeavyWorlder physique to become a Martian Warlord, Dick Nelson is able to take the entire planet of Spengo by storm despite being your average suburbanite because he's the only person on the planet besides his wife who is ''not'' an idiot.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Tod seeing Marge.
* MentalPictureProjector. A reference to ''Film/{{Flash Gordon|1980}}''.
* MindProbe: The Mind-Milking Machine. The first thing Tod gets out of Dick's mind: My back. My back is killing me.
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: The Lubb-Lubbs.
* OffingTheAnnoyance: Emperor Spengo is portrayed as a comedic version of TheCaligula, as seen in the "mutton chop" scene in Too Dumb to Live below.
* OhCrap: Dick does this ''a lot''.
* OnlySaneMan: General Afir through most of the film, even when compared to Dick and Marge.
* PaperThinDisguise: The rebels wear large bird costumes to avoid being spotted, even though there are no birds nearly that large on the planet. Given their opposition, it might have been a pretty effective tactic anyway.
* PigLatin: It seems it's the natural language of the planet.
-->'''Sirk:''' Aketay offay irdbay askmay!
* PimpedOutDress: Both really cheesy dresses Marge is forced to wear.
* PlanetOfHats: Everyone on the ''entire planet of Spengo'' is a flaming idiot.
** The rare example where the society knows it. "I'm the smartest one here, and I'm an idiot."
*** Though even they may be exaggerating. King Raff, when his intelligence is returned to normal, is able to speak in technical terms ("I have reversed the polarity of the Magno-Beam. I will return you to your planet forthwith and in great haste."), and General Afir is anything but stupid, though he could be the OnlySaneMan. Even Spengo himself was clever enough to take over an entire planet, and occasionally speaks in technical terms himself.
* RockBeatsLaser: [[RuleOfFunny Of course it does.]] The natives treat rocks like astonishingly advanced technology. It's justified given how terrible their laser weapons are; a thrown rock is more likely to actually hit the target.
* ScaryBlackMan: General Afir, especially when giving his DeathGlare.
* SchmuckBait: The light grenade, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCeD2gF9jUo which completely annihilates anyone who picks up an active specimen, and which is labeled "Pick Me Up", manages to take out an entire platoon of soldiers, one by one]]. The last one is the platoon leader, ''calling for backup''.
-->'''Spengo soldier:''' The Earth-man has a light grenade for a head!
** Strangely enough, it ''isn't'' the "Pick Me Up" message which gets them to pick it up. Only the man who picks it up before the platoon leader makes the call reads it. The rest (it's implied) seem to fall from a chain of dialogue which causes the next man to pick it up. They're just ''that'' stupid.
* ShapeshiftingExcludesClothing: The light grenade's effect.
* StrangeSalute: Spengo's Destroyers salute with a triple Sieg Heil with alternating hands. It looks absolutely ridiculous.
* TastesLikeFriendship: Marge offers a dog-guard a granola bar in the course of offering marriage counseling.
* TooDumbToLive: Many examples, but aside from the "Light Grenade", this example takes the cake.
-->'''Tod Spengo:''' Hey you. What do you think - mutton chops or goatee? Be honest. \\
'''Twin Destroyer #1:''' Mutton chops, my lord? \\
'''Tod Spengo:''' ''(considers for a moment)'' No. No, I like the goatee better. Shoot yourself in the head. ([[{{Beat}} a beat]]) ''NOW''. \\
''(Twin Destroyer #1 complies with a blaster to his own head.)'' \\
'''Tod Spengo:''' Well? How about you? \\
'''Twin Destroyer #2:''' ''([[{{Beat}} a beat]], then brightly)'' Mutton chops! \\
''(Tod Spengo glares at him. Twin Destroyer #2 sighs, then shoots himself.)'' \\
'''Tod Spengo:''' Planet of ''idiots''. ''(Tod continues to check himself in the mirror.)'' You know what? They got a point. \\
''(Dog Guard FacePalm)''
* TrojanHorse: The giant bust of Tod Spengo. Of course, the rebels nailed it shut so there's no way for anyone to get in... ''[[TooDumbToLive or get out]]''.
* UglyGuyHotWife. Sibor (Wallace Shawn) and Semage (Kathy Ireland).
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Dick and Marge, showing slides after their trip, treat taking a pic of ''UsefulNotes/{{Saturn}}'' from their station wagon like they'd passed by the Grand Canyon. Dick thanks Marge for insisting he use the flash.
* WackySoundEffect: The sound of a guard shooting himself in the head seems to involve the sound of a rubber duck.
* WeirdScience: An affectionate parody.
* WhatTheRomansHaveDoneForUs: Spengo tries to invoke this, but everything he comes up with are projects that serve his own ego and bring no benefit to the people as a whole.
* WilhelmScream: When the Spengo guard is accidentally shot in the fortress docking bay, just before Dick escapes in the large pod.