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Love That Car! is a short about automobile safety narrated in the style of the “nnnnnYEEES?” clerk guy you’ll recognize from the Flintstones and the Simpsons. That sentence should really be all the convincing anyone needs to check this out immediately. Young women, Boy...
Average: 4.4 (51 votes)
Jul 17 2012
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Our new short Joy Ride feels like beloved movie Dazed and Confused, but shortened dramatically, focusing on the minor characters, with less emphasis on keg parties up at the Moontower and more on the tragic consequences of reckless behavior. In short, it’s the perfect film!When...
Average: 4.4 (37 votes)
Jul 6 2012
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Like Tarzan of the Jungle and Nanook of the North before him, Jimmy of the Safety Patrol heroically swings from vines of proper bus etiquette and drives a sled of huskies that look both ways at pedestrian crosswalks (we’re not exactly sure what Nanook of the North did, we’ve...
Average: 4.5 (44 votes)
Jun 30 2012
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When you look back at your formative education years, there are a few flashbulb memories when even as a young child, you realized that the educational system was truly doing its job. The first time you could recite your multiplication tables. The day you learned how to spell Mississippi. And of...
Average: 4.3 (21 votes)
Jun 15 2012
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Danger Keep Out! is not just the sign any Taco Bell that carries the new taco whose shell is made of a giant Dorito is legally required to display. It’s also the name of one of the finest Canadian safety epics ever produced. One day, Christine decides to explore the construction site...
Average: 4.6 (73 votes)
Mar 13 2012
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We know what you’re probably thinking. “Cooks AND chefs in a single film?? Sure, you might be able to pull it off if we were talking one or the other. Just cooks, or just chefs. And that’s still a big ‘might.’ But to bring both together in one short? WHEN DID...
Average: 4.5 (54 votes)
Mar 8 2012
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Drinking problems! In real life? Devastating addictions that can ruin careers and tear marriages apart. Clumsily depicted onscreen in 70s educational shorts? Hilarious! Chuck is the oily star of Alcohol. Like Don Draper, he just needs a shot or two to take the edge off and close the deal....
Average: 4.1 (56 votes)
Mar 1 2012
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Why would you want to go outside and sail a toy boat when you could sit in a classroom and watch a film about other kids sailing a toy boat? The existence of Sailing a Toy Boat asserts that you wouldn’t, of course, you dolt. This short must have inspired lots of discussion questions...
Average: 4.4 (28 votes)
Feb 28 2012
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Sometimes, we find something special. Something so strange, so distinct, and so wonderfully sad that by the time it ends we’re curled on the floor, guts cramped from laughing, clutching clumps of our own freshly-pulled hair as the keepers come to usher us back into our comfortable pens. ...
Average: 4.7 (86 votes)
Feb 16 2012
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The Clean Club was created to teach kids about basic hygiene and washing habits, and it’s our dear hope that it will find new life as an instructional film shown at Comic-Con registration. It’s a horrific tale of children who have reached such hobo-in-a-ditch levels of filth...
Average: 4.5 (65 votes)
Feb 2 2012
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Running a Lemonade Stand is a childhood rite of passage, much like going off the high dive or finding a bloated corpse floating in the swimming pool right after you went off the high dive. Whipping up a bunch of artificially lemon flavored substance and selling it to neighborhood adults who would...
Average: 4.1 (38 votes)
Jan 31 2012
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The 1970s were an exciting era in the world of educational shorts. The films shifted focus from “attempting to teach kids something practical” to “reminding them that life is a yawning, silent void with no purpose or warmth.” Yes, Friends puts the FUN back in ennui...
Average: 3.9 (51 votes)
Jan 24 2012
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Oh, you like reading, do you? You like reading just the way it is now, you say? Well tough, because here’s how reading is gonna be FROM NOW ON. From now on, reading will only be done upside-down, see? And someone’s gonna drip flat Pepsi into your nose while you read, you get me? And we...
Average: 3.8 (35 votes)
Jan 3 2012
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Every community needs a Broken Bookshop. You’ll find it in town square, over by the Moth-Ridden Mattress Hut, just around the corner from Shaky Sam’s Shattered Stemware Emporium. Because it’s not enough to buy a used book, what you really want is a book that’s been...
Average: 4.2 (35 votes)
Nov 11 2011
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What Makes Things Float?” It’s no longer just something for your stoned roommate to mumble before he spreads Nutella on a Chipwich. It’s also an educational short which features two boys who just want to get some damn fishing done but are instead incessantly...
Average: 4.5 (39 votes)
Oct 28 2011
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For decades, the phrase “I’m looking for a job in cosmetology” has been a great, positive way to let your girlfriend know it’s probably in her best interests to seek a more compatible mate. Cosmetology is a profession traditionally filled with glamour, cutting-edge chic, and...
Average: 4.4 (43 votes)
Oct 25 2011
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Meet The Sentencesmith! Some say this wacky old gent has a way with words! Good thing, since he lives on the Island of Grammaria, where he runs a workshop teaching all the little boys and girls the rules of...Say, is that a monkey over there in the corner of the workshop? It is! Boy, this...
Average: 4.7 (73 votes)
Oct 11 2011
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It's true that the educational shorts we dig up have been described as “less educational than an episode of The Jersey Shore” in a review from Bizarrely Contrived Comparison magazine. Shown in classrooms, they formed young minds, in the sense that stomping a jar of wet clay flat is...
Average: 4.4 (24 votes)
Sep 23 2011
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A discussion of great, important series would be incomplete without mention of Breaking Bad, The Sopranos, Twin Peaks, and, of course, the “Boy of” shorts. We’ve previously presented A Boy of Mexico: Juan and His Donkey, and our new installment doesn’t disappoint in...
Average: 4.3 (23 votes)
Sep 20 2011
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Do you ever get scared? Do you ever get the creeps? More importantly, are both of these questions wildly inappropriate for an educational short to pose to a bunch of nine year olds? Of course they are, yet The Creeps Machine soldiers on with whatever its mission might be. In theory, it...
Average: 4.6 (78 votes)
Sep 16 2011
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Many of the educational shorts we riff seem to have been designed not to teach children, but instead to confuse them into a state of dizzy, nauseous acceptance. Most try to hide this deception with an authoritative narrator, some pretense of structure, or official-sounding “key terms...
Average: 4.3 (51 votes)
Sep 13 2011
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Setting Up a Room is about two women setting up a kindergarten classroom. It lasts for 27 minutes. To attempt to explain anything more about it would be an act of futility. It is one of the most baffling pieces we’ve ever encountered here at RiffTrax. It may not be for everyone....
Average: 4.6 (160 votes)
Sep 9 2011
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It’s summer vacation! School’s out and you have all the time in the world to hang with your best bud and...ponder the meaning of nothingness? In What is Nothing? we join two youngsters who, as all rascals do, sit around and contemplate the void. Whether they’re...
Average: 4.7 (112 votes)
Aug 26 2011
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We Discover the Dictionary weaves the enchanting tale of three grade school children who discover the dictionary for the first time. And that’s all well and good: they use it to write a thank you note to a police officer who must have lost a bet or something, because he had to come...
Average: 4.5 (42 votes)
Aug 23 2011
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When you ask a company like ACI, makers of the now-infamous “Grasses” and “Boxes” shorts, to create a film teaching kids to count to ten, there are three things of which you can be certain. One, you can count on the fact that if you’re talking to someone at ACI, they...
Average: 4.7 (73 votes)
Aug 19 2011
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