Stars: Stephanie Christiaens, John Williams, Nathan Hawkins and John Cross
|This film was an official selection at the 10th annual International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival in Phoenix in 2014. Here's an index to my reviews of 2014 films.|
In a neat bookend, we even begin with the end credits, at least of the TV show Tasha and Friends, which is decidedly kid friendly, even with a puppet named Spew. Tasha is the pink-wigged host and she works with a quartet of muppet knockoffs; the others are Boppy, Jingles and Groopa (who only speaks a single word, like Groot's three). It plays like Sesame Street on a sugar overdose, as they sing the alphabet and wave us goodbye with a long 'Keep on smiling!' mantra. And then we back out of the show to find that it really isn't unicorns and rainbows on the Tasha and Friends set. In fact, Tasha flat out demands that Ross the director fire the puppeteer whose hand works Boppy because he keeps stealing the last lines of the show. Ross won't take her seriously, even when she quits, but we watch her putting the puppets up for sale on eBay. What she doesn't realise is that they don't want to leave the show; they believe that she should leave instead and they're rather serious about how they'll achieve that goal.