It is 22 years after its release and Mel Brooks' zany brand of humour still holds up. That is, if you are in the mood for completely ridiculous. Very few in the history of film have attempted this crazy style of humour and even fewer have been successful at it. Mel Brooks was and is not only successful, but has compelled a few directors/screenwriters to follow in his footsteps.
The planet that is home to the evil people called Spaceballs is running out of oxygen. They must do something quickly or else they will all perish. The planet's ruler President Skroob (Mel Brooks – Robots, Robin Hood: Men in Tights) has come up with a dastardly plan in which he plans to steal the air from the peaceful planet of Druidia. The only snag is that Druidia is surrounded by a defense shield to prevent such a thing.
During the wedding of Princess Vespa (Daphne Zuniga – from television's One Tree Hill) and Prince Valium (Jim J. Bullock – Kissing Jessica Stein, Switch), she is forced to flee with her loyal droid, Dot Matrix (Joan Rivers – Shrek 2, The Muppets Take Manhattan). The head of the Spaceball fleet, Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis – The Flintstones, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids), captures the Princess and forces her father, King Roland (Dick Van Patten – from television's Eight is Enough), to give him the code to the defense shield. The survival of Druidia now rests in the hands of the heroic Lone Starr (Bill Pullman – Scary Movie 4, The Grudge) and his sidekick Barf (John Candy – Cool Runnings, JFK).
A sort of twistedly funny fairy tale that is very much in the style of Mel Brooks. Nothing is too silly or crazy for this man. And he has found a cast who will go to any lengths to make you laugh. The gags are childish and frivolous, but still funny. It is a farce of space flics like Star Wars, etc.
• Spaceballs: The Documentary
• In Conversation: Mel Brooks & Thomas Meehan
• John Candy: Comic Spirit
• Watch the Movie in Ludicrous Speed
• Still Galleries:
o Spaceballs: The Behind-the-Movie Photos
o Spaceballs: The Costume Gallery
o Spaceballs: The Art Gallery
o Exhibitor Trailer with Mel Brooks Introduction
o Theatrical Trailer
• Film Flubs:
o Edge of the Mirror
o Grabs Himself Early
o The Magic Reappearing Ring
o More Than His Head
o No End in Sight
o Track Behind Dot
• Storyboards-to-Film Comparison
• Spaceballs DVD
o Widescreen Feature Film (Side A)
o Panscreen Feature Film (Side B)