Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Disney References Are A Running Gag
Balls of Fury is a film that parodies Enter the Dragon with the world of Ping Pong
The main character of the film is Randy Daytona a child Table Tennis phenom who is expected to make it to the Olympics and take the gold.
As Randy enters the semi final tournament a queue card guy shows him a card to read after he wins. It says “I'm going to Disneyland” this is the first of many Disney references to come during the course of the film. In fact the movie goes out of its way to poke fun at the famous Disney slogan.
During play Randy goes back to hit a ball that is hit high over his head and he trips over a mat causing him to loss the match. Semi conscious and confused he looks into the camera and says “I'm going to Disneyland” His statement is televised and played on the arenas big screens.
The scene that follows shows Randy’s picture on the cover of USA today while an announcer says “He'll never live down that Disneyland line.”
Randy is recruited by the FBI to help take down “Feng” a man who is suspected of many crimes including the murder of Randy’s father. Feng hosts an annual private invitation only ping pong tournament. Randy needs to get back in shape and attract the attention of Feng’s henchmen to garner an invitation.
Randy starts off by entering a small match held at a high school. On the gymnasium wall hangs a banner which reads "Just Keep Swimming".
An FBI agent introduces Randy to Master Wong. Master Wong and his niece will be training Randy at Wongs Happy Mu Shu Palace.
Upon entering Wong asks Randy "How was Disneyland? Did you meet Dumbo?"
Randy does manage to get invited to Feng’s island to compete. Just before beginning the first match of Feng tournament a female soldier asked Randy. How was Disneyland?
During the final match Randy hallucinates and believes he is seeing the queue card guy holding up the “I'm going to Disneyland” sign.
There is a scene toward the end of the film where Randy releases some slaves held on the island. The padlock on the slave quarters appears to be a hidden Mickey.
At the end of the film Master Wong falls down an elevator shaft. When Asked if he’s alright his reply is “I am going to Disneyland”
Master Wong, who truly is not very encouraging offers these statemants to Randy.
Ping Pong is not the Macarena
You must believe in yourself when no one else does. Like right now for instance.
Kwai Lo Remember, You Suck when you are nervous.
Sex Slave Ray (played by the guy from The Drew Carey Show who played Oswald) has this line.
If I had known I’d have ended up a sex slave, I never would have gone to that audition in Orlando. Thought I was going to be doing cruise ship shows. Next thing I know, boom, sex slave.
This is not a particularly great film, but it does have some funny moments. And hey it has Christopher Walken in it. That, in and of itself, makes the film worth a look in my book.
Currently the film is available on PPV, Paid VOD, and DVD. It will most likely be on either Starz or HBO VOD soon.
What another post and no training comments?
No, I did get out and walk tonight. In the rain even. It was one of those nights when I didn't feel like going out but I managed somehow to get out the door. Glad I did, today was stressful at work and the late evening walk was just what I needed.
Posted by Jeff W at 11:55 PM