Without mawice... without thinking...
- Commissioner Magee and Joel, in a rare outburst

The Movie[]

Main article: X Marks the Spot (short)

Careless driver Joe Doakes dies in a traffic accident and finds himself on heavenly trial for his vehicular misdeeds.


Main article: King Dinosaur (film)

A scientific expedition is sent to a recently discovered planet believed suitable for human habitation.

The Episode[]

Host Segments[]


Beat poetry

Prologue: Joel and the Bots read beat poetry.


Pocket science

Invention Exchange: The Bots debate if beat poetry has to rhyme. The Mads interrupt for the experiment; Dr. F is fixing the elevator and Frank is preparing for his hat party. Frank pushes a button. Dr. F feels great pain soon after. He declares he is his own invention, the Pocket Scientist. Joel accidently creates his as well... the Incredibly Stinky Sweatsocks.


Joey the Lemur

Segment Two: Crow ponders if he is suitable for judging the man from the short. He goes off into a legendary soliloquy in which he decides to change the world, celebrates life, learns to think for himself, and ends up making suggestions such as "Put a drop of vanilla behind each ear and smell like a cookie all day!". Then he tells the audience to do it themselves as he's giving up.

Segment Three: It's Joey the Lemur, the Gilbert Gottfried of the animal kingdom! The Bots try to sing a song extolling the virtues of the lemur. It's not particularly convincing, but it sure is weird.

Segment Four: "The Emotional Scientist" sketch, featuring Joel as Albert Einstein. He protests, complaining about the dumb costumes and his inability to get the accent right. The Bots try to go on without him with Crow as Madame Curie, but they realize the futility of the whole thing. Joel consoles them, and rejoins them for one final try.

Segment Five: Crow laments the Robert L. Lippert films he has been forced to watch in lieu of better cinema. Joel demonstrates the theremin and the key role it played in many of Lippert's films and ends up getting waaaay too fascinated with it. The Bots read a letter as this ensues. Dr. F uses Frank's head to push the button... only for him to do it again because it ended up turning the episode back on as well.

Stinger: Ralph faceplants following a fight with gators.


Obscure References[]

  • "It IS the Waldorf salad though."
A quote from the Fawlty Towers episode Waldorf Salad.
  • "Arr Jim boy. Arr."
An imitation of Robert Newton's portrayal of Long John Silver in the 1950 film adaptation of Treasure Island.
  • "If it bends it's funny, if it breaks it's not."
Line from the Woody Allen film Crimes and Misdemeanors.
  • "Hi, my name is Benjy and I'm a pan-dimensional being."
A paraphrasing of the introduction at AA meetings. Also a reference to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, in which mice (one of whom is named Benjy) are revealed to secretly be a race of hyperintelligent pan-dimensional beings.
  • "Raymond Carver, must be a short!"
Raymond Carver was an American short story writer in the 1970s and 1980s.
  • "He jumped right out of Paul's chest."
A reference to the chest burster scene in Alien.
  • "But first a recipe from my pal, Ed Herlihy."
Ed Herlihy was the prototypical news reel announcer; parodies of news reels are invariably done with Herlihy's distinctive, upbeat delivery. He was the the announcer for the Kraft Television Theatre, one version of which was created to promote Cheese Whiz through recipes done on the show.
  • "Now where is that tall tower?"
Alludes to Charles Whitman, who shot 46 people, killing 14, from the central tower at the University of Texas at Austin on August 1, 1966.
  • "Whoa, trombone. Must be seventy-six of them. I think there's a hundred and ten cornets right behind."
"Seventy-Six Trombones" is a song from the musical The Music Man. The first two lines read, "Seventy six trombones led the big parade/With a hundred and ten cornets close at hand".
  • "You just omitted the body of the letter, eh?"
A line from the Marx Brothers movie Animal Crackers.

Behind the Scenes[]

MST3K Cast[]

Regular Cast

MST3K Crew[]



  • Upon seeing the opening credit "Lippert Productions", Joel and the Bots dredge up memories of other Lippert films they've been forced to watch, including Rocketship X-M and Lost Continent.

Movie Edits[]

As with most of the riffed films, King Dinosaur was edited to fit within the desired time-slot by trimming several scenes. Footage removed from this film includes:

  • The cold open narration describing a rogue planet taking up orbit around the sun.
  • Part of the rocket launch and the narration of the trip to Nova, described as taking months to complete.
  • A scene where the explorers wonder if they've gotten lost.
  • Scenes of Richard and Nora returning to the ship for supplies while Pat remains with Ralph as he recovers. During the return trip, Richard and Nora stop to take pictures of "Joe" before bringing him back to camp.


  • Dr. Forrester and Frank fail to announce the titles of the short and the feature, referring to them as a safety film and a Lippert masterpiece respectively.
  • Joey the "lemur" is actually a kinkajou, a member of the raccoon family. The lemur is a primate. The two are easily confused with each other, as they have several traits in common. They both have big eyes that are common in primarily nocturnal animals. They also both have prehensile tails, and they both climb trees.

Video Releases[]