Web Animation / Napster Bad

Off to save the music industry, one offensive Flash movie at a time.

Money good. Napster bad.

A series of humorous Flash-animated shorts, produced in the years 2000-2001 by Bob Cesca from a group then known as Camp Chaos, satirizing Metallica and their MP3 sharing crackdown.

First, a little history. In 2000, Metallica sued the peer-to-peer service Napster, devoted specifically to sharing MP3 files, for having Metallica songs freely available on their network. The lawsuit ended up forcing Napster to ban hundreds of thousands of users, and eventually resulted in the Napster company going bankrupt.

The Napster Bad series caricatures Metallica—specifically, Lars Ulrich (mispronounced as ul-RICH) and James Hetfield—as a group of greedy primitives, upset about their fans giving them slightly smaller oodles of money than usual due to Napster. Other music celebrities, such as Dr. Dre and Sheryl Crow, also get a lot of flak.

Understandably, these movies aren't very popular with most Metallica fans. And stay away if you don't like off-color humor, either.

The series includes:

Tropes good!:

  • Black Comedy Rape: "Good or Goblin?", though it's just audible and not visible.
  • Charity Motivation Song: Parodied in "Sue All The World".
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Lars.
  • Dumb Muscle: Hetfield.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Recording Association for Popsong Economics.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: Hetfield has one, a demonic clone of Ulrich, in "Metallica Millionaire".
  • Greed: The entire music industry is characterized as this.
  • Hulk Speak: Hetfield.
  • Laugh Track: Throughout "Metallica Millionaire".
  • Like Is, Like, a Comma: Ulrich. His very first line is "Like, good afternoon!"
  • New Media Are Evil: A lot of shorts feature the characters complaining about the threat that this new "interweb" invention poses to life at large.
  • The Noseless: Everyone.
  • Our Lawyers Advised This Trope: The original Flash version of the "Napster Bad" short opens with a disclaimer to save the authors from Metallica's legal wrath (the disclaimer is cut from the video version on the production team's current website though).
  • Robotic Reveal: Regis in "Metallica Millionaire".
  • Running Gag: Regis Philbin dancing to the WWTBaM ditty throughout "Metallica Millionaire".
  • Scatting: In "Sue All The World":
    There are people stealin' our copyrighted tunes
    Bwaighlo weirhlo, bwaighlo weirhlo lailolailo... prunes!
  • Scenery Censor: Lars's bodily details are covered up with foam throughout "Napster Dead?"
  • Shout-Out: Hetfield's line "FIRE BAD!"
    • This one's also a case of Dude, Not Funny! due to it also being a reference to the 1992 pyrotechnics accident that resulted in Hetfield being quite badly burned.
  • Talking Poo: Nutty McShithead, the spokesman of the recording industry. Apparently also a Gasshole.
  • Toilet Humor: Reaches its peak in "Good or Goblin?"