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Elephant Parts (1981)

Cast: Michael Nesmith, Jonathan Nesmith, Bill Martin, more...
Director: William Dear
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Studio: D3
Genre: Comedies, Documentary, Parodies
Running Time: 62 min.
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This title is currently out of print.

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. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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What MTV was meant to be... by rakdaddy April 11, 2002 - 3:25 PM PDT
5 out of 5 members found this review helpful
You remember those early days of cable when MTV would play, y'know, music videos? Maybe an hour of videos, some little animations to break up the monotony, little things like that? That was all due to Michael Nesmith and "Elephant Parts." Watching this will remind you how far music videos have come (and how far they haven't, too). Interspersed thoughout videos for Nesmith songs like "Rio" and "Sunset Sam" are sketches that still have satiric bite after 21 years (and are also funny as hell). Interesting as an artifact of the early 80s and as pure entertainment. Sir? Could I get that cof of cuppee?

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