Tuesday, July 10, 2007

YouTubeArt: Airplane! vs. Zero Hour!

Devotees of the Zucker Bros. will know that their landmark 1980 spoof Airplane! got the idea for the movie by leaving their VCR running late at night. The brothers, David and Jerry with buddy Jim Abrahams, would leave their tape recorder going in the wee small hours to capture really weird commercials which they could mock in their Kentucky Fried Theater. Well, one night they taped Zero Hour!, an outlandish 1957 film about a plane crippled by an illness on board. This awesome YouTube video, linked to via the equally awesome IMDb Hit List compares the two films. I always knew one inspired the other — but I don't think I realized just how much of the dialogue the guys straight-up stole:

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