Are you interested in watching a guy with glasses scream about Swedish movies, or another guy cooking horribly disgusting food, then serving it to his friends, all accompanied with broad accents and a truckload of awful puns? Then you've come to just the right place.
Monte Fjanton is a Swedish Youtube channel with a main focus on comedy that has covered a lot of different projects through the years, but is always recognized through a large amount of snark, Take Thats, running gags, puns and comedic overreactions.
Their most popular project is called Felix Recenserar, which is a Video Review Show focusing (almost) solely on Swedish movies and foreign movies dubbed to Swedish. They also make Basses Rätt i Skafferiet (called Basse Cooks Stuff in the English subtitles for the earlier episodes), which pokes fun of cooking shows by having the premise be to cook something disgusting, then have people try to eat it.
Some of their minor projects include Mystikhörnan (called The Mystery Show in the English subtitles for earlier episodes), which is one of their few works to have a scripted plot (though not a very comprehensive one) poking fun at conspiracy theories, Midnatts-Let's Play, which is best described as an unscripted vlog with Let's Play elements, Felix Recenspelar, which is similar to Felix Recenserar but focuses on video games that aren't necessarily Swedish. They also do vlogs from time to time.
Their Youtube channel can be found here.
Their videos provide examples of:
- Adaptational Villainy: Wabuu the Racoon. In the original Dingo Pictures movies he's meant to be a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, but Felix in his reviews plays up his jerkishness to present him as downright evil and sadistic. When Wabuu actually appears in (poorly-animated) person in later episodes of Felix Recenserar, he's characterized as an Affably Evil Reality Warper, bordering on Eldritch Abomination, who forces Felix to watch Dingo Pictures movies because he enjoys watching him suffer.
- Any member could potentially be this in unscripted videos, but an honorable mention for this goes to Felix. He's a glasses-clad Gentle Giant who collects tacky shirts and can talk about movies for hours on end, what's not to love?
- A scripted example would be Kenneth Hyvel from Mystikhörnan. He's somewhat naive, but he's very passionate about conspiracies and extremely loyal towards Morgan.
- Angrish: Felix falls into this occasionally in Felix Recenserar.
- Arch-Enemy: Wabuu the Raccoon, being the mascot for Dingo Pictures, is sort of set up as this for Felix. He appears in a number of title cards to Troll Felix, and in the Djurens Konung review, he shows up (with his official Swedish voice actor reprising the role) to whisk Felix into an alternate dimension where he owns nothing by Dingo Pictures movies. and refuses to let him go home before he's reviewed another Dingo Pictures movie.
- Artifact Title: According to their NärCon Sommar 2015 Q&A, their channel name is one. The name was basically meant to evoke Monty Python while having a silly twist to it, as "fjant" is a Swedish term for a silly person. However, their works have very little to do with Monty Python nowadays. Felix and Basse remember thinking the name was bad and considering changing it, but then realized the Felix Recenserar episode on Hip Hip Hora was absolutely blowing up and that their channel name had become their brand name, and that they were stuck with it, like it or not. That being said, they couldn't come up with any better name ideas for their channel when they were considering changing it.
- Back from the Dead: Morgan Månstråle.
- Berserk Button:
- Felix absolutely loathes Swedish actor Helena Bergström and the fact that she has a successful career. He has stated multiple times that he thinks she's the worst Swedish actor of all time, and that he believes the only reason she keeps getting new jobs is due to nepotism through her husband Colin Nutley, or as Felix himself puts it, "she fucks the director".
- Felix has also expressed dislike for numerous of the films he's reviewed, the reboot of the Sune films, the Åsa-Nisse franchise and the Barbie films in particular.
- Being requested to review things that don't fit his criteria is also a sore spot for him. For a film to be considered being reviewed for Felix Recenserar, it has to be Swedish (or dubbed to Swedish), it has to be a film and it has to be bad. Though he has reviewed a few tv series and a few movies he believes to be good, those reviews are still very rare, and he has only deviated from the criteria of a movie having to be Swedish/dubbed to Swedish exactly twice, and even then, one of the times, it was due to Early Installment Weirdness. Felix has stated that his focus on Swedish films is what puts him apart from other Video Review Shows, and without that, there's nothing that would make Felix Recenserar interesting compared to similar shows. It bothers him so much that at one point, he even made an April Fools review of the first Twilight movie, where he's off camera most of the video, not even watching the movie, then ending the video with emphasizing that he will never review Twilight, nor The Room or any other foreign films that haven't been dubbed to Swedish.
- Brown Note: The concentrated BRIS taste.
- Caustic Critic: Felix' bread and butter.
- Catchphrase: In Mystikhörnan, Morgan's (and to some extent, Kenneth's) is "shut up, Leffe!".
- Comical Overreacting: Very common, especially in Felix Recenserar and Mystikhörnan.
- Couch Gag: Nearly every episode of Felix Recenserar is ended with Felix summing up how he feels about the movie, then pointing out a Funny Background Event and giving the movie a 10/10 solely because of it.
- Creator In-Joke: Some of the running gags are this, most notably the use of the word "gräta" (which is a corruption of gråta, the Swedish word for cry). It originally came from a friend of the members, and they ended up using it as well, eventually turning it into a running gag.
- Deadpan Snarker: Felix, as well as Leffe in Mystikhörnan.
- Disproportionate Retribution: At the end of the review for Beck: Mannen Utan Ansikte, the robbers blow up Felix' house. Because he badmouthed the movie.
- Early Installment Weirdness:
- The two first episodes of Felix Recenserar were recorded in 2010, when the series' proper debut was one year later, and it shows. The first episode has Basse doing some of the commentary on screen instead of Felix, which hasn't happened since. The second episode is recorded at a graveyard, and covers a foreign movie that hasn't been dubbed to Swedish, that being Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives. It's also the shortest episode of Felix Recenserar to date.
- The first season of Mystikhörnan and some early episodes of Basses Rätt i Skafferiet have English subtitles through closed captioning.
- Extreme Omnivore: The taste testers from Basses Rätt i Skafferiet could apply for Type 1. They are very frequently shown eating all kinds of bizarre and squicky combinations of ingredients, though they can't always keep it down for very long.Felix: Yeah, it was tough as hell to get it down, but I'm hungry too. So like, my body's just happy that it got some food.
- Food Porn: Hilariously subverted in Basse's Rätt i Skafferiet. A lot of the food is shown in a way that invokes the feel of Food Porn, but since Basse cooked the food, it doesn't have that effect.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: In the review for Wabuu, exactly 13 minutes and 37 seconds into the video, a screen saying 13:37 is briefly shown.
- A failed example of the same thing also happens in the very first episode of Felix Recenserar, where this screen appears 13 minutes and 41 seconds into the video. According to Felix, this is because the screen was added before the intro to the video, and they didn't bother with moving the screen to its correct place in the video.
- Funny Background Event: Felix loves these, to the point of him pointing them out has become a Couch Gag in Felix Recenserar.
- Gainax Ending: The ending for Season 2 of Mystikhörnan qualifies as this.
- Hurricane of Puns: Happens extremely often, though mainly in Basses Rätt i Skafferiet.
- Insane Troll Logic: Most of the theories that appear in Mystikhörnan run on this.
- Lame Pun Reaction: As a rule of thumb, if a video doesn't have a Hurricane of Puns, it has this instead.
- Large Ham: Basse in Basses Rätt i Skafferiet, as well as most of the cast of Mystikhörnan.
- Lethal Chef: Basse.
- Malicious Misnaming: In the review of Pochahontas, Felix calls Dingo Pictures among others "Dongo Pongo".
- Hercules from Dingo Pictures gets called "Herr Kukless" (Mr Cockless) at one point.
- Mid-Review Sketch Show: It doesn't happen in every episode, but it happens very frequently in Felix Recenserar nontheless.
- Name's the Same:
Character from the film: Why haven't you been taking care of little Basse? Since little Basse has gone and pissed on the carpet?Felix: What the fuck, was that what you did in the movie, Basse? Played the role of a dog and peed on a carpet?Basse: Uh, that was a rough part of my life, you know. I was 13, I couldn't afford a new computer! I did it for the money!
- Invoked in Felix Recenserar whenever the movie being reviewed has a character named Felix. Usually, it has Felix reacting to the character being talked to or about as if he were actually the character.
- In the review for Hata Göteborg, this happens to Basse as well, once it turns out there's a dog in the movie named Basse.
- Nausea Fuel: Basses Rätt i Skafferiet takes this trope and runs a marathon with it.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Basse's actual name is Sebastian, but he's only referred to as such during credits.
- Pun-Based Title:
- Basses Rätt i Skafferiet is one: it's a spoof on the name of the Swedish children's rights organization Barnens Rätt i Samhället, and they both have the same exact acronym: BRIS.
- Felix Recenspelar is a pun on "Felix Recenserar" and the word "spelar", which is Swedish for "plays".
- Roger Rabbit Effect: The Djurens konung review features an animated Wabuu interacting with Felix. Subject to a bit of Stylistic Suck, as they're only in the same frame a few times during the review, and Wabuu is characteristically poorly-animated.
- Running Gag: A lot. Examples include:
- In Felix Recenserar, saying that the movie ends before it actually does, then cutting to the credits with Push it to the Limit playing in the background.
- Felix' love for Swedish celebrity Harald Treutiger is brought up often.
- Quite a lot of running gags that appear in Felix Recenserar are Call Backs to previous episodes.
- Felix has a habit of explaining plot holes in the movies he reviews using Epileptic Trees.
- Komo's death scene appears very frequently in Felix Recenserar, to the point that it was one of the main running gags before Felix had actually seen the movie in the first place.
- In Basses Rätt i Skafferiet, mustard powder almost always finds it way into the recipe.
- In Felix Recenserar, every time that a character dies, "I Will Remember You" by Sarah Mclachlan will be played over an "obituary" for the character.
- In the Julekalender reviews, Felix will wear the same shirt for the first 23 episodes, only changing to another for the last episode. This may or may not be lampshaded.
- The word "skvättika" (which is a pun on "a splash of spirit vinegar") shows up a lot in Basses Rätt i Skafferiet.
- There are also many mentions of "the concentrated/copyrighted BRIS taste", a taste so fundamentally disgusting that it becomes a Brown Note prompting reactions like spitting or gagging.
- In Felix Recenserar, the phrase "it starts with a cigarette, right", which makes fun of movies that utilize Scare 'em Straight. It's often accompanied with a purple, contrasted filter and dramatic music, and may or may not be followed up with the outlandish consequences of smoking the said cigarette.
- Self-Deprecation: Appears frequently, especially in Felix Recenserar.
Felix: "Wow" is a word that you really need to deliver well when you say it. I'm glad I've never had this problem!Felix from an early episode of Felix Recenserar: Waooooow!Felix: Or wait, nevermind.
- The members are from Scania, a part of Sweden that's easily described as the Swedish equivalent to Texas. Naturally, this is brought up time to time, through joking around with stereotypes about Scanian people and/or exaggerating their Scanian accents.
- They also bring up Old Shames in this manner.
- Especially notable in Felix Recenserar Felix Recenserar where Felix reviews the first three episodes of the series.
- Shown Their Work: When it wants to, Felix Recenserar can actually be very educational. Most episodes will have Felix explaining the backstory for the film, and depending on the movie at hand, the backstory can have very interesting tidbits about Swedish culture and film history. Given you know the language, Felix Recenserar is probably the best resource on Swedish culture a foreigner could ever ask for.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Felix in Felix Recenserar, as a reaction to especially frustrating movies.
- Soundtrack Dissonance:
- The soundtrack for Tahkorerna IV is mostly beach party remixes, with the climax having It's Raining Men playing in the background in the original version.
- In Maffix, an Old Shame of Felix' that was reviewed for the fifteenth aniversary, Las Ketchup is playing during an action scene.
- Staging an Intervention: At the begin of the review for Sune i Fjällen, Felix gets confronted by his friends who tell him that he can't avoid reviewing the movie any longer and eventually has to do it, especially since almost every second comment on YouTube was "When will you review Sune i Fjällen?".
- Take That!:
Johan: If the popsicle is Bert Karlsson, then the fish ice cream is Satan himself.Basse: But they're the same person!Everyone in unison: Oooooooh!
- Mystikhörnan as a whole is one giant Take That towards conspiracy theorists.
- In some recent episodes of Felix Recenserar, Felix is shown with a mug saying "Helena Bergström's tears".
- The Basses Rätt i Skafferiet episode where Basse makes ice cream has this gem:
- Take That, Audience!:
- In every episode of Mystikhörnan featuring Morgan's Frågelåda, at least one of the questions brought up is when the next episode of Felix Recenserar will be released. Morgan reacts negatively to seeing this question and will often accuse Leffe of putting in nonsense questions.
- The sketches in the Felix Recenserar episode on Beck are this to viewers who are fans of the movies Felix reviews and/or have ridiculously high expectations on Felix Recenserar.
- Thing-O-Meter: Used a few times in Felix Recenserar. In the reviews of Tusen Gånger Starkare and Tsatsiki, Farsan och Olivkriget, a Message-O-Meter is used, and in the review for Camp Slaughter, a Fat Joke-O-Meter is used.
- Toilet Humor: Though not often, it does occasionally happen in Basses Rätt i Skafferiet.Basse: We have now recreated the stomach contents of the average Swede the day after Christmas. Though it's more gooey, so you have to imagine it's the average Swede, but with diarrhea.
- Took a Level in Kindness: In earlier episodes of Felix Recenserar, Felix is noticeably more cynical and aggressive, to the point of being somewhat pretentious. Since around late 2013, he's gradually mellowed down, and his newer videos have a much kinder tone to them.
- Wham Episode: S1E07 of Mystikhörnan qualifies, as it ends with the Demon King Baram betraying Morgan and Kenneth mysteriously disappearing, and presumed dead. From this episode on, it's apparent that this is no longer a lighthearted jab at conspiracy theories, but a story taking place in a Crapsack World where not only are Morgan's theories true, but the reptilians are pursuing him because of his studies.
- What Do You Mean, It's Not Didactic?: Played for laughs in the review for The Grief: Felix comes up with a theory that Norah is Sarah's alter ego, and keeps bringing up evidence for it and praising Danne for how deep the movie is, but then he remembers that he's reviewing a Daniel Lehmussaahri film.Felix: I've got to say that I'm really impressed. I thought I knew everything about Danne, but he just exceeded all of my expectations. Daniel Lehmussaahri is a genius! The Grief is a masterpiece with amazing imagery, and a script that's-
[Cut to Eddie complaining about having to shit in an outhouse]
Felix: Wait, nevermind! How could I for even a second think that there was any sort of subtext in a fucking Daniel Lehmussaahri film? Forget all that crap I said, there's no depth at all, and everything's meant to be taken literally! Couldn't Danne just thought a little more when writing the script, and not made a cliche fucking slasher film? Couldn't he have thought a step further, and actually made something that was unique in any sense of the word?
- Younger Than They Look: Basse is 24 years old, but looks more like he's in his thirties. The fact that he acts like a middle aged cooking show host in Basses Rätt i Skafferiet doesn't help matters.