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Evolution: The Musical! (2008)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy, Musical | 6 May 2008 (USA)
As the debate between Evolution and Creationism rages, 'Evolution: The Musical!' invites you to enter a world where both theories are true. In this musical tour-de-funk, we meet The ... See full summary »

Director:

Kenny Taylor

Writer:

Andrew Bancroft
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tonya Glanz ... Mary Catheter
Andrew Bancroft Andrew Bancroft ... Wog Wog
Jon Wolanske Jon Wolanske ... Father Catheter
Melanie Case ... Queen Bonobo (as Melanie Salazár Case)
Shaye Troha ... Mother Grizzard
Paco Romane Paco Romane ... Flippy
Sean Hayes Sean Hayes ... Jesus H. Christ
Joe Higgins Joe Higgins ... Charles H. Darwin
Andy Alabran Andy Alabran ... Chimpy
David Greene David Greene ... Lil' B
Alexi Boshart Alexi Boshart ... The Beasties
Celia Aurora de Blas ... The Beasties
Crash Anova Crash Anova ... The Beasties
Dave Buonocore Dave Buonocore ... The Beasties
Elwyn Crawford Elwyn Crawford ... The Beasties
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As the debate between Evolution and Creationism rages, 'Evolution: The Musical!' invites you to enter a world where both theories are true. In this musical tour-de-funk, we meet The Beasties, a clan of humans who have recently evolved from primates, and The Blesseds, a self-righteous religious sect who descended directly from Adam and Eve. When a brutal slaying provokes the Beasties to attack the Blesseds, all hell breaks loose and an unlikely romance throws a monkey wrench into the whole musical mess. Will the rule of humanity go to the ape people or the Jesus freaks? Anything is possible in this awkward marriage of West Side Story and South Park. Written by Anonymous

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Short | Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Not Rated

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 May 2008 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Marin County, California, USA See more »

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Goofs

In the wide shot during the song "Pagans", the character Flippy has different flippers than in the rest of the movie. See more »

Quotes

Father Catheter: Believe in Jeezy. Christ dog for sheezy.
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References King Kong (2005) See more »

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Pagans
Written by Andrew Bancroft and Olive Mitra
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If only it'd had the audio production values of Rocky Horror!
29 June 2011 | by rzajacSee all my reviews

"Evolution: The Musical!" was a labor of love, but marred by a lack of audio production values where they were needed. It's kinda tragic, really.

The main problem for me was with the audio. I really have no problem with zany lyrics and over-the-top amateur thespianizing. In fact, I generally can't get enough of this! So, what's the prob? For one thing, the dynamics were uneven: Plain dialog was maddeningly weak while juxtaposed with musical numbers that were at an appropriate volume. Well, that sucks. The other problem was that choral numbers and solos were croaked out, with the words very difficult to discern. So I guess my cure would have been to have had more seasoned personnel attending to these things. The audio experience should have been more like that of Rocky Horror, which had its share of colorful sprechstimme and off-key singing, and yet conveyed the lyric content wonderfully.

Besides these disappointments, there were certainly nice sequences, such as those where Jesus and Darwin make the scene; some of the better acting was seen there.

If you watch this at home, I guess I would recommend listening with headphones. I haven't yet done this, so don't know for sure whether that would do the trick.

All that said, it was cheeky and campy and there were some great visual ideas, and a seemingly (not quite sure) interesting exploration of the culture collision of world views.

Check it out.


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