The American Astronaut is a 2001 Space Western Science Fiction musical written by, directed by, and starring Cory McAbee.The story centers around space captain Samuel Curtis (McAbee), who finds himself in the middle of a Chain of Deals to give the Venusians a new king and earn a few bucks while being chased by the mentally-unbalanced Professor Hess who sabotages his plans.In this original take of Sci-Fi, space is mostly guided by roughnecks and all spaceships seems to be easy repaired with hammers, giving it a feeling of Used Future for truckers, which goes along pretty well with the awesome music, this can only be described as a Firefly musical with Flash Gordon serial props.Also by the same people (and in the same vein) is Stingray Sam.
The American Astronaut includes examples of:
- Alliterative Title: The American Astronaut
- Arc Words: "It's my birthday."
- Berserk Button: You don't dare to forget Professor Hess' birthday, you just don't...
- Body Horror: The reason the miners from the space barn can't return to Earth.
- Chain of Deals: Sam must return the late king of Venus to his family on Earth. To do so, he must provide Venus with a new king, so he will give the owner of Jupiter a woman and he will give in return The Boy Who Actually Saw A Woman's Breast. The woman in turn is a clone of Eddy, the owner of the Ceres Crossroads who wanted a cat.
- Disintegrator Ray: Wielded by Professor Hess; it turns people into a pile of ash.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The Boy Who Saw A Breast.
- Indy Ploy: Curtis seems fond of these ones.
- Mars Needs Women: Jupiter needs women and Venus needs men.
- Mundane Made Awesome: A Space Cowboy Science Fiction Musical!
- No Woman's Land: The entire planet of Jupiter is an all-male mining Company Town whose sole entertainment is listening to The Boy Who Saw A Breast describe ("briefly and arrogantly") his encounter with said body part.
- One-Gender Race: Venusians are all women, except for their king they need to mate with. Jupiter men are actually hired and brought from all over the space system.
- Planet of Hats: Everyone on Jupiter is a miner, everyone on Venus is a Southern Belle and Ceres is just a small bar.
- Schizo Tech: Rayguns, spaceships, portable cloning devices and yet we still use razor blades to shave.
- The Unreveal: The audience is left in the dark about Sam and the Professor’s shared past when the movie enters into a slideshow-like montage of Sam and the Boy just as Sam begins to explain. Nevertheless, they both seem to find the story hilarious.
- Used Future: This version of space consists mostly of grease monkeys, miners and hard-boiled thieves.
- Villainous Breakdown: Is not unusual for Professor Hess to fall into this every once in a while.
- You All Meet in an Inn: Ceres' Crossroads, set on Ceres.