Splitsider is thrilled to offer our first digital download, The Exquisite Corpse Project, a fantastic film from the former members of legendary sketch group Olde English. I recently sat down with the guys to look through some of their classic Olde English sketches. Here, the group looked back at a parody movie trailer.
Caleb: Another sketch that I like a lot is the Leaked Pixar Trailer. And that is a video that, I think, was coinciding with a release of a movie.
Raphael: Well it was a parody of the Wall-E teaser trailer. The joke was that all their movies are so outside of the box and interesting and different, so the premise would be, they’re tired of that and they just want to phone it in.
Adam: They got lazy.
Caleb: Yeah. They got lazy, and they’re using the same premise which is, something happens to a thing.
Raphael: Yeah. What if this thing could talk?
Adam: It’s Pixar going through the motions. It’s like, a triangle can talk. What is it?
Raphael: Mr. Cube.
Caleb: Goes to the cylinder.
Adam: Yeah, the movie is called Mr. Cube Goes to the Cylinder. And it’s about a cube who discovers himself through the twists and turns of, you know. It’s them going through their story beats in a very lazy way.
Chioke: But also the animation is very lazy too.
Joel: But then it’s like all these glory shots of the designers, and Caleb — the glasses just made the whole thing. Where it’s just like this glorification of these designers.
Raphael: Because so much of Pixar is the mythic-ness of Pixar. So much of the Wall-E trailer was like, “Hey guys, we’re Pixar. We made some of your favorite movies, now we’ve got another awesome movie coming your way.” And they’ve earned that confidence. They’ve done some amazing movies.
Adam: And now they’ve sqandered it.
Raphael: Well, now they have. But at that point.
Adam: But yeah, the whole Wall-E trailer was like,”We had lunch, isn’t that fascinting? We had lunch and talked about movies and, like, here’s the napkin.” It was like very self-congratulatory, in a funny way.
Raphael: And deserverdly so.
Adam: Deservedly so. Wall-E’s one of my favorite movies.
Caleb: But that, also similar to Michel Gondry, it sort of had a life relating to Pixar. When we made it, a friend of ours was working for Pixar and had sent it around the office, and had said, “I think they’ve seen it, the people you made it about.” And a couple months later, someone sent us a link to a radio show they were interviewed on, and they basically started joking about their movies and kind of quoted our sketch? They were like, “Yeah, maybe one day we’ll just be like, you know, ‘it’s a cube and it goes to a a thing.’”
Adam: Yeah. We got concrete evidence that they saw it and they thought it was funny.
The Exquisite Corpse Project is available for download for $5 from Splitsider Presents.