Michael Nesmith in Elephant Parts (1981)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Parody/Spoof, Satire  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Former Monkee Mike Nesmith, a pioneer in the music video industry, created the one-hour music and comedy pastiche Elephant Parts--the title derives from the old fable of the six blind men and the elephant. There is no real throughline, merely a series of satirical vignettes, some running several minutes, others a few seconds. The bits include Nesmith's rendition of "Cruisin'", the opening "Rodan" gag, an extended "Name That Tune" parody involving the proper identification of controlled substances, and Nesmith's out-of-left-field diatribe about the oil industry. Nesmith tried to transfer the insouciance of Elephant Parts to television, but the ensuing Television Parts failed.




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