Fridge / Spaceballs


Captain Obvious
  • I first saw Spaceballs when I was about 5. I'm 26 now, and just got the "What's the matter, Col. Sanders? Chicken?" line.
  • It took me until my freshman year in college to get the "Ready, Kafka?" bit.
  • I was 20 before I caught the Pizza the Hutt joke.
    • The Pizza the Hutt joke is layered. Most people can see the joke on it's most basic level: Jabba the Hutt, Pizza Hut. But after watching this movie for well over a decade, this troper just noticed that Pizza and Vinnie are speaking from a fancy Italian pizza restaurant...and that's what it hit me: "Pizza the Hutt" works not only because it *sounds* like "Jabba the Hut," but also because it links the space gangster cliche to the mob-movie cliche of gangsters running pizza restaurants!
  • I was 40 (& hadn't seen the movie in at least ten years) when I finally realized that Dark Helmet's tie (and the circles above it) parts of the male anatomy
  • I was about 30, watching the movie for the first time in years, when I finally got the "Pizza's gonna send out for you!" joke.
  • It took me quite some time to notice the double meaning of "ate himself to death" in the report of Pizza's death (that it's a pun, not just a really silly event).
  • Dark Helmet's supposedly complicated relationship with Lone Starr that supposedly amounts to "absolutely nothing" — they could have been roommates with each other.
  • The Imperious Forces of Planet Spaceball capture the heroes' stunt doubles because they captured them in the middle of a stunt sequence.
    • The captain who plans to interrogate them just before the reveal even refers to it as such.
  • The alien singing "Hello my baby, hello my honey..." It's a song about a missed romantic opportunity. This is happening when Lonestar has just left Vespa to marry Prince Valium, and is wondering if he regrets the decision.
  • On the DVD menu, one Spaceball says "We're scanning the Ford Galaxy..." The Ford Galaxy is where Lonestar is from. If the Spaceballs are looking for Lonestar (knowing he has Vespa), of course they'd try his home galaxy.
    • Also, don't forget that you can take this even further in that Han Solo was played by Harrison FORD, and it makes it funnier.
      • The most obvious joke is in a galaxy named Ford. It was funny because the Ford Galaxie was a common car.
      • And quite possibly a shout-out back to another famous series that had an alien named Ford?
  • In the "combing the desert" scene, Dark Helmet uses the loudspeaker to talk to Colonel Sanders, who is standing right next to him, yet ironically talks to the soldiers in the desert below by yelling at them with his own voice.

Fridge Horror
  • In Spaceballs the point of Dark Helmet and the rest of the Spaceballs is to steal air from Planet Druidia and save Planet Spaceball. They fail. And the president was trying to keep the problem hush-hush. Did the innocent residents of Planet Spaceball figure it out and save themselves, or did they perish from slow asphyxiation?
    • Actually, the people of Planet Spaceball knew. In fact, the news was questioning the president about it during the "peri-air" scene. So the people of Planet Spaceball know and so does the news. Eventually the people are going to get tired of hearing "we have enough air" when they obviously don't. Seeing how the Spaceballs reacted at a ship going down, it's easy to guess that as many as possible are going to try to flee the planet. When escape ships run out or the president locks the planet down, the remaining people are probably going to kill each other over the remaining air. Then the survivors will start to suffocate. That is, unless the Spaceballs manage to steal all of another planet's air, which then opens a whole new can of worms.

Fridge Logic
  • So how did whoever put the "out of order" sign on the self destruct cancellation button know it was out of order? There wouldn't be any reason to press it unless the self destruct was activated, and if it didn't work that time, then there shouldn't be a ship around in the first place. (Yes, yes, Rule of Funny.. I know...)
    • Something doesn't have to break while being used to be marked as out of order. The button may have never have been hooked up, may have been down for scheduled maintenance or simply failed a test use with a simulated destruct sequence.
    • Maybe someone was playing a joke, or just being a butt?
    • Having a cancellation for a self destruct mechanism seems like a rather important feature. Given the number of safeguards they have in place to prevent its activation, it's only reasonable they have one more safeguard to deactivate it.
    • Think about the competence of the Spaceball leadership. The same amount of brilliance probably extends to their engineers, who likely half-assed the job in the first place
  • The film actually completely negates its entire premise. The Spaceballs are running out of air and need to steal Druidia's supply. But when Barf, Dot, and Vespa are climbing between ships through outer space, they can breathe just fine.
    • Druidia had the best air. That's why they canned and exported it, and why the Spaceballs wanted it for themselves.
      • That's a good point — after all, that desert planet had plenty of air they could have sucked up instead.
    • Dot, of course, doesn't need to breathe, being a robot. Good point about Barf and Vespa, though.
    • Invisible forcefields maintaining an air supply?
    • Alternate Character Interpretation: The Spaceballs are just that stupid.
      • Which leads to the Alternate Character Interpretation that the Druidians are intentionally letting an entire race believe they are about to suffocate at any given time simply so they can keep exporting their air and keep bringing in the money.
      • Why not get air AND kill those smarmy "peace loving" people at the same time?
  • Why is a Druish princess singing a spiritual about Jesus?
  • Why is a birth certificate, much less a royal one, in a language no one but Yogurt can read?
    • It's probably readable on the original planet he's from. Why he was sent away in the first place is another question.
    • Truth in Television: It used to be very common to send away a young royal to a monastery or foster parents just in case something happened at the palace. It was just more common for young princesses to be sent away to a convent, which ensured her education, piety, and marriageability. Being raised by a cloistered group of nuns is pretty good insurance for making sure she has no suitors or doesn't get knocked up before selling her for an alliance with the neighbors. Plus, the "birth certificate" is likely some long dead language that only royalty would bother with.
    • In particular, it was common for the Spare to the Heir to be sent away, partly for redundancy (if some disaster befalls the heir, the younger sibling is less likely to suffer the same fate), and partly to remove them from the political equation (it's much harder for the Spare to plot against the Heir while living in a Monastery, serving in the military, or running a colony in the New World). Plus, it gives the Heir something to do with their lives other than sitting around waiting for their older sibling to kick it.
  • Just how does Pizza the Hutt eating himself get Lone Starr and Barf out of debt? Surely his successor would want to take back the money he was owed. He represents The Mafia and if you get yourself indebted to one boss, you get yourself indebted to them all.
    • By the time the dust settled and Pizza's successor took over operations, Lone Starr would already be married to the Princess of Druidia, and no longer be a simple thug easy to squeeze. So better to cut their losses.
      • Issue: Barf brought up that fact before Lone Starr decided to go back and marry Vespa.
      • The debt could have been personal, rather than professional. He might have owed Pizza specifically, not his organization.
    • Considering who Pizza is based on, the same thing that happened to Jabba's crime empire probably happened here; a dozen bosses like him decided to muscle in and divvy up what got left behind, and by the time the dust settles, that debt is probably going to be small beer. Plus, Druidia initially did offer to pay it all, and they probably would after Lone Starr marries into the royal family.
  • As Dark Helmet told Lone Starr, the good guys are pretty dumb in this movie; so what does that make the bad guys, seeing as they still lost?
    • The actual good guys?