Friday, July 07, 2006

Kim Jong Il or is it Tod Spengo?

In 1992 a sci-fi spoof was made starring Teri Garr and John Lovitz called Mom and Dad Save the World. It was sort of a combination of Dr. Seuss, Monty Python and Flash Gordon and was simply a silly movie (and who doesn't like an occasional silly movie?)

John Lovitz played the most absurd dictator imaginable. His name was Tod Spengo. He believed that he was the greatest leader ever and the only thing standing in his way was Earth. Earth had to go. So he impoverished his planet to build a mighty death ray that would turn the earth to space dust. "Ah Earth! You think you are so big! So important! Well tomorrow you will be space dust and Spengo will be the greatest planet in the universe." But while studying the earth he noticed Teri Garr and well... first things first.

Let's see. He had statues of himself everywhere along with engravings on the wall that said things like "Tod is wisdom", "Tod is Power", " Tod is pleasure" etc. He had a chorus that sang his praises whenever he entered his throneroom. He believed that he could rule the universe if he could just get rid of earth and he was obsessed with destroying earth. He impoverished his planet to gain the technology to destroy earth.

You know this is beginning to sound familiar.

The difference is that Tod Spengo was a comic character in a silly movie. Kim Jong Il is and his threats are very real. Sadly we cannot just laugh at him.


Blogger Crazy Politico said...

China would like everyone to ignore him, but I'm beginning to doubt the world will keep looking away.

I forgot about that movie, but it is scary how close it is to Kim.

10:58 PM  
Blogger ABFreedom said...

Problem with taking him out, is that the people in line may be even more whacked out then he is. Probably have to take out the whole country ...

11:44 PM  
Blogger Gayle said...

Is it even possible to be more whacked out than Kim Jong Il? One has to wonder.

I never saw the movie, but yeah... by your description I can certainly see the similarity. And you are right; this maniac must be taken seriously! Still, I think we can take him seriously and laugh at him at the same time. :)

7:43 AM  
Blogger Lone Pony said...

That is an amazing similarity! Have you seen the movie "Team America"? They portray him pretty well. He's singing: "Wonwee...I'm so wonwee..." (He's lonely.)

10:21 AM  
Blogger shoprat said...

lp Yes I have seen it. I loved parts of it and was seriously offended by parts of it. I don't know that I would ever own it. Have you seen Mom and Dad Save The World?

Gayle Go ahead and laugh at him, he deserves it, but keep your finger on the trigger as you do so.

abf It is difficult to imagine anyone more wacked than him.

cp It would be nice if he would go away (or stumble across some "killer mushrooms" :-D)

11:06 AM  
Blogger The Conservative UAW Guy said...

Maybe he's just ronry and needs a friend....

I doubt it.

Laugh but keep your finger on the trigger - sage advice, SR.

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