Meet the Feebles

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Meet the Feebles (sometimes mistakenly referred to as The Feebles) is a 1989 black comedy film directed by Peter Jackson. It features Jim Henson-esque puppets in a perverse comic satire. Like Henson's Muppets, the Feebles are animal-figured puppets (though some were people in suits) assembled together as members of a theatre troupe. However, whereas Henson's Muppets characterise the positivity, naïve folly, and innocence in humanity, the Feebles present negativity, vice, and other misanthropic characteristics. The movie has become a cult classic, and has enjoyed great popularity since Jackson's success with the Lord of the Rings films. During his acceptance speech at the 2004 Academy Awards, Jackson mentioned the film, noting that it had been "wisely overlooked by the Academy."

The title of the film is a play on the 1944 MGM patriotic film Meet the People, and the character of Lucille the Poodle is likely named after actress Lucille Ball, who goes to work at a factory in the MGM film.


Plot summary

Meet the Feebles tells the story of the Feebles theatre troupe. They are a group of performers who, that night, are going on live network TV. If they are good enough, they will get picked up for a syndicated network show and everyone will get rich. Scenes involving violence, sexually explicit images, drug dealing, backstabbing, date rape, and death (including a snuff film within the film) follow.

The film begins with a rehearsal of the Meet the Feebles song where Heidi gets insulted by Trevor. She interrupts Bletch having sex with Samantha to talk to him about tonight. Robert arrives at the theatre. Eye in the Sky leads him to Arthur and gives Robert his card. Arthur then introduces Robert to the girls in the show, and Robert spots Lucille, instantly falling in love with her. Heidi runs out for a bit of exercise. When Heidi returns she gets in fight with Samantha, locks herself in the lounge and has a flashback of when she met Bletch in a local pub in the 60's.

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