RVOD116 Whatever the Weather

(1950s-ish, Educational-Short, color-ish)


Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett

So far this is no help in building a supervillain’s weather control machine.

Rating: ***

In a Nutshell:

Kids in hats and dreamy rhymes.


And that's fun because...Kids in hats romp through the landscape while a narrator spins a meandering rhyme. Each hat represents a different season, if I’m not mistaken (and I very easily could be). The knit cap with ear flaps is obviously winter, and I’m pretty sure the rain hat is spring. The baseball cap and cowboy hat represent summer and autumn, respectively. Or was it the other way round? The wind plays a rather large role for some reason. So do kites.


I think the narrator’s rhyme is weather-related. That’s what the title implies, anyway. It sounds more season-related to me, but to be honest, I’m not quite sure. It’s the sort of thing you might get if Dr. Seuss smoked a bale of cannabis and tried to write through the resulting semi-catatonic stupor.

Here’s a few of my favorite lines: as the narrator extols the joys of kite-flying, Bill warns, “Most of the time it’ll just flop in the mud and you’ll wonder why this is supposed to be fun.” Later, the narrator notes how the wind makes flags fly in the breeze, and Mike says, “Communist flags make the wind stop and cry.” When we finally get to winter, the narrator notes small trees in the snow. “They’re small, and of no account,” Kevin reminds us. The riffers get most of their laughs by inserting their own rhyming lines into the pause-drenched haze, but that’s hard to quote in a review like this. The rifftrax/short combination made me laugh several times, but never really got me to sit up and pay attention. It’s funny, but not especially memorable.