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Uh, Mister B, what would you know about dignity?
  — Joel


(singing to "99 Bottles of Beer")

100 years of solitude, 100 years of solitude! Take one down, pass it around, 99 years of solitude!

  — Joel, Crow, Servo


The Short

Synopsis

Mr. B Natural

Mr. B Natural, the sexually ambiguous spirit of music, teaches Buzz Turner how to be cool.

Information

  • This film was sponsored by C.G. Conn, a maker of musical instruments, thus the importance of a brand expressed towards the end of the short.
  • The short was released on the appropriately titled Mr. B's Lost Shorts??!! by BBI on VHS and by Rhino Entertainment on DVD re-titled as Mr. B's Lost Shorts, part of The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection, Volume 6.
  • Buzz, the young object of "Mr." B. Natural's attentions, went on to earn a PhD from New York University. He ran a children's theatre company, and authored a two volume study of Shakespeare. He passed away March 29, 2013. [1]
  • The short was filmed at the Waukegan (Illinois) Elementary School and Miami (Ohio) Sr. High School.

The Movie

Main article: War of the Colossal Beast (film)

Synopsis

The giant Glenn Manning, presumed dead after his rampage in Las Vegas, is discovered to be alive. Glenn shows little memory of his previous life, despite the appeals of his sister. After terrorizing a city with his destructive power, Glenn electrocutes himself.

The Episode

Host Segments

Prologue: Joel and the Bots create new Mexican foods like Madison Avenue would.

Segment One (Invention Exchange): More new Mexican food, the Mads blast forth with the Breakfast Bazooka, and Joel turns a Twinkie into a grenade with the Between-Meal Mortar.

Segment Two: Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo with the ultimate debate: Mr. B Natural... man or woman?

Segment Three: Joel and the Bots sing with the big head when Glen drops by.

KTLA Predicts

Segment Four: KTLA predicts the future! It's extremely random.

Segment Five: Joel and the Bots partake of drugged bread, a letter is read by Glen, and TV's Frank enjoys some Thorazine waffles.

Stinger: Mr. B Natural prances around like a happy king.

MST3K cast

Regular Cast

Guest Cast

Notes

Callbacks

Goofs

  • During the host segment where the crew chats with Glenn they remark on how strange it is that he doesn't appear in the sequel, referring to the Colossal Man being a mindless, disfigured beast played by a different actor. This despite the Colossal Man not having appeared in the film sequences seen up to that point. The host segment featuring the crew meeting Glenn in the previous episode also featured such a continuity error.

Obscure References

  • "Oh, Mr. Natural! I remember him from Zap Comix!"

Mr. Natural was a character from R. Crumb's underground comic book Zap Comix.

  • "Conn Ltd. and the New Power Generation!"

C.G. Conn Ltd. is a former American manufacturer of musical instruments. The New Power Generation was the name of Prince's backup band from 1990-2013.

  • "Extra value is what you get when you play the coronet!"

A play on an advertising jingle for Coronet toilet paper. A cornet is a brass instrument similar to the trumpet.

  • "Third Base!"

Reference to Abbott and Costello's "Who's on First?" routine.

  • "There was a man from Nantucket."

"There once was a man from Nantucket" is an opening line for many limericks, in which the name of the island of Nantucket creates often sexual rhymes and puns. It is so well known that it has been used as a stand-alone joke, implying upcoming obscenities.

  • "Did it make you mad? Did it make you mean mad?"

"Did they hurt you, son? Did they hurt you an' make you mean-mad?" is a line from the 1940 film The Grapes of Wrath.

  • "I gotta finish my letter to Jodie Foster."

A reference to John Hinckley, Jr., who attempted to assassinate then-President Ronald Reagan for reasons stemming from his own unhealthy obsession with actress Jodie Foster.

  • "Where did you come from?" "Bellevue!"

A reference to New York City's Bellevue Hospital Center, best known for its psychiatric ward.

  • "Hey look, Paul Westerberg is the film editor..."

Paul Westerberg is the former songwriter and lead singer for The Replacements.

  • "They should carve Crazy Horse." "Not enough time."

Reference to the Crazy Horse Memorial in the Black Hills of South Dakota, the project, started in 1948 still has not been completed.

  • "With the butcher and the candlestick maker."

A reference to the line "The butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker" in the nursery rhyme "Rub-A-Dub-Dub"

  • "Beware of the Dwarf!"

This was a warning given by a dying man to Gloria Mundy (played by Goldie Hawn) in the movie Foul Play.

  • "He blew his mind out in a car."

A reference to the Beatles song "A Day in the Life".

  • "Chains. My baby's got me locked up in chains. And they are the kind that you can see. "

Reference to the song "Chains" first recorded by the Cookies and later covered by the Beatles.

  • "Oh, I get it, he's channeling Francis Farmer."

Francis Farmer was an actress, best known for her battles with mental illness (probably bipolar disorder), who was alleged to have been lobotomized. 

  • "KTLA Predicts!"

Reference to Criswell Predicts in Plan 9 From Outer Space. The Los Angeles TV station KTLA currently broadcasts as an affiliate of the CW Network.

  • "Peppermint soap!" "All-one!"

During KTLA Predicts, Joel references Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps (18-in-1 Hemp Peppermint Pure-Castile Liquid Soap), a brand of soap whose eccentric founder covered the bottles' labels in tiny text expounding his personal philosophy. Excerpts include "ready to help teach the whole human race the moral ABC of All-One-God-Faith!", and "Magic Soap to clean body-mind-soul-spirit instantly uniting One! All-One! Absolute cleanliness is Godliness." (The "Impossible below PH 3" line Joel quotes is also from the bottle, and was part of instructions on how to use Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap for a contraceptive. This practice is not recommended.)

  • "We had joy, we had fun, we had seasons in the sun."

These are lyrics from the song "Seasons in the Sun" rewritten by Terry Jacks.

  • "Mr. Utley."

During the debate, Servo is referencing Garrick Utley, who moderated NBC's long-running public affairs discussion program Meet the Press from January 1989 to December 1991 as well as frequently substituted as anchor for John Chancellor during the 1970's and for Tom Brokaw in the 1980s on NBC Nightly News.

  • "Somebody get a slingshot."

In the story of David and Goliath, Goliath, a giant, is defeated by David by use of a slingshot.

  • "Get that cat out of here!"

As Dr. Richardson is preparing the EEG, Servo uses a running gag from The Man with Two Brains where a cat scampers across the patient before each operation.

  • "Giants Fail Last Chance! Giants Fail Last Chance!"

Crow adapts radio broadcaster Russ Hodge's legendary reaction to Giants player Bobby Thomson's "Shot Heard 'Round the World" homerun to win the 1951 MLB National League pennant.

  • "They're coming to take us away, ha-haaa! They're coming to take us away, ho-ho hee-hee ha-haaa!"

A riff on the lyrics from the song "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!" by Napoleon XIV.


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