Humorous Main

1968 - 1985

1987 - 1997

Wild Wild West

Galaxy Quest

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

WALL-E



With Humorous Sci-Fi, science fiction is more or less just a premise to the prime directive of comedy. Light/humorous science fiction may occur within any of these subgenres, or (often) spoof a subgenre. As with comic fantasy, the type of humor varies from light entertainment to satire. In literature, this laugh-out-loud subgenre includes John Sladek's novel Mechasm, Rudy Rucker's novel Master of Space and Time, and many others.

Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (also a television series and feature film) is one of the best-known examples of humorous science fiction. Other humorous sci-fi films include Spaceballs, Tim Allen's Galaxy Quest, Back to the Future, and more. Some sci-fi films have elements of comedy like most other genre films, but it's only a minor role in it's plot. Then there are films like The Fifth Element, being mostly a Space Opera, but comedy plays a significant role throughout it's story.


Barbarella - 1968


Dark Star - 1974


Back to the Future Trilogy - 1985


Spaceballs - 1987


Mars Attacks! - 1996


The Fifth Element - 1997


Men in Black - 1997


Wild Wild West - 1999


Galaxy Quest - 1999


The Hitchhiker's Guide
to the Galaxy - 2005


WALL-E - 2008



Highlights on other Humorous Sci-Fi Film



Short Circuit - 1986

Protagonist Number 5 is part of a series of prototype U.S. military robots built for the Cold War by Nova Laboratories. The series' inventors are more interested in peaceful applications including music and social aid. Number 5 is hit by a lightning-induced power surge. Several incidents allow the robot to escape the facility accidentally, barely able to communicate and uncertain of its directive.

In Astoria, Oregon, animal-lover Stephanie Speck grants Number 5 access to books, television, and other stimuli, to satisfy his demand for 'input'; whereupon Number 5 develops a whimsical and curious personality. When Stephanie realizes Number 5 is a military invention, she contacts Nova who send out a team to recover him.

When Number 5 accidentally crushes a grasshopper and gains an understanding of mortality, he concludes that if Nova disassembles him he will cease to exist. Frightened, Number 5 steals Stephanie's van; but the pair are cornered by Nova. Number 5 is disabled and captured. From this, follow several adventurous escapes from the soldiers led by Nova's security chief Captain Skroeder (G. W. Bailey).

Stephanie and the robot convince Newton of the robot's sentience; but are cornered by Nova's security and the Army, who destroy a duplicate robot in mistake for their quarry, whereupon Nova's President Dr. Howard Marner fires Skroeder for disobeying orders to capture Number 5 intact.

Stephanie leaves with Newton, to emigrate to his family's estate in Montana. Having revealed himself to them, Number 5 (renaming himself "Johnny Five" after the song "Who's Johnny") accompanies Stephanie and Newton.



Idiocracy - 2006

Officer Collins has been spearheading one of the US Army's most secretive experiments to date: the Human Hibernation Project. If successful, the project would store its' subjects indefinitely until they are needed most. Their first test subject - Joe Bowers - was not chosen for his superiority.

Instead, he's chosen because he's the most average guy in the armed services. But scandal erupts after the experiment takes place, the base is closed, and the president disavows any knowledge of the project. Unfortunately Joe doesn't wake up in a year, he wakes up in 500 years. But during that time human evolution has taken a dramatic down turn.

After waking up, Joe takes a prison-assigned IQ test and finds that he's the smartest guy alive! Awaiting a full presidential pardon if he can solve one of the country's biggest problems - the dwindling plant population, Joe races against time to solve this problem. But in doing so he alienates half the country in the process! Can he make things right and escape a rather bizarre execution?

The film received generally favorable reviews. Praise focused on concept, casting, and humor; the bulk of the criticism was directed at the film's release issues or at special effects and plot problems. Los Angeles Times reviewer Carina Chocano described it as "spot on" satire and a "pitch-black, bleakly hilarious vision of an American future", although the "plot, naturally, is silly and not exactly bound by logic. But it's Judge's gimlet-eyed knack for nightmarish extrapolation that makes Idiocracy a cathartic delight."




Resources: Wikipedia.org, imdb.com




Humorous Main

1968 - 1985

1987 - 1997

Wild Wild West

Galaxy Quest

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

WALL-E



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