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The Chubbchubbs! (2002)

A janitor at an alien nightclub gets his wish to be a singer.

Director:

Eric Armstrong

Writer:

Jeff Wolverton (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brad Simonsen Brad Simonsen ... Meeper (voice) (as Bradford Simonsen)
Mortonette Jenkins Mortonette Jenkins ... Singing Diva (voice)
Jeff Wolverton ... ChubbChubbs (voice)
Peter Lurie ... Zyzaks (voice)
Rick Zieff ... Bouncer (voice)
Dustin Adair Dustin Adair ... Glorf (voice)
Eric Armstrong ... Glorf (voice)
Yakov Baytler Yakov Baytler ... Glorf (voice)
Mary Biondo Mary Biondo ... Glorf (voice)
Sumit Das Sumit Das ... Glorf (voice)
Layne Friedman Layne Friedman ... Glorf (voice)
Robert Gordon Robert Gordon ... Glorf (voice) (as Bob Gordon)
Franco Pietrantonio Franco Pietrantonio ... Glorf (voice)
Rick Richards Rick Richards ... Glorf (voice)
Chance Thomas ... Glorf (voice)
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Storyline

The ChubbChubbs introduces the alien inhabitants of the Planet Glorf, including Meeper, its earnest but oh so awkward hero, a singing Diva, the Zyzaks, 20 foot-tall red-eyed bullies, and the ChubbChubbs. In this debut short, Meeper valiantly tries to warn the patrons of the Ale-E-Inn, an intergalactic watering hole with its own constellation of stars, of impending danger only to find himself face to face with the toughest creatures in the universe. Written by Anonymous

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A little alien with a big problem. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 June 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Chubb Chubbs! See more »

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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The credits say: "How Many Babies were born whilst making this movie? None". This is a little jab at the animation colleagues/competitors at Pixar and their habit of listing "Production babies" in their credits. See more »

Goofs

After Meeper gets thrown out of the inn for the second time, we can hear a distinctive sound of the door being locked. However, a minute later, when Meeper gets inside again through the roof, a messenger comes in opening the door from the outside without any problems. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Meeper: Excuse me. Coming through.
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Crazy Credits

After the ending credits there is a sequence where Meeper performs his own version of R-E-S-P-E-C-T at the bar. The audience doesn't seem to react to him very positively until the chubbchubbs who are his backup singers show them their teeth. See more »

Connections

Featured in The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Respect
Written by Otis Redding
Performed by Mortonette Jenkins
And spelled very poorly by Brad Simonsen (as Brad Simonsen)
Produced by Chance Thomas/HUGEsound.com
Published by Irving Music, Inc.
Courtesy of ATLANTIC RECORDING CORP.
By Arrangement with WARNER SPECIAL PRODUCTS
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A cute Academy Award winning short
8 February 2008 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The reason I saw CHUBBCHUBBS! is not at all typical. I never saw HAPPY FEET (which was bundled with CHUBBCHUBBS! when released) but saw just this short film because I read a review on IMDb for THE CATHEDRAL--a picture that lost to CHUBBCHUBBS! for the Oscar for Best Animated Short in 2003. This reviewer thought THE CATHEDRAL "was robbed" and they hated CHUBBCHUBBS!--and this encouraged me to see for myself if they were right.

From the onset, CHUBBCHUBBS! was an entirely different film than THE CATHEDRAL--having all the charm and polish you'd expect from a large CG studio, whereas THE CATHEDRAL looked more like a cut scene from a video game or an experimental film. While I strongly want to encourage young film makers, the quality and polish and completeness of the CHUBBCHUBBS! production was obvious--telling a first-class story in a manner that will not only impress film snobs but families as well. In fact, of all the Oscar-nominated films that year, the best short of the year probably was still THE CHUBBCHUBBS!, but I was surprised as how wonderful and original DAS RAD was--it sure was better than THE CHUBBCHUBBS in several ways, though I think THE CHUBBCHUBBS is definitely more the crowd pleaser.

Because other reviewers have discussed the plot, I'll just wrap it up by saying while this is far from the best short I've seen in recent days, it is very enjoyable and is good for a nice laugh. I particularly liked all the references to previous sci-fi films, such as STAR WARS, E.T. and FORBIDDEN PLANET.


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