hot rod the movie

Back in 2007, the members of the comedy band The Lonely Island (most famous for “I’m On A Boat”, “I Just Had Sex” and “Lazy Sunday”) put out a movie called Hot Rod about an amateur stuntman who needs to win money to save his abusive stepfather’s life so that he can beat him up. It’s actually far weirder than it sounds. You pretty much never know what kind of joke you’re going to get, but instead of that being stupid and shitty like Napoleon Dynamite, it’s the best goddamn thing you’ve ever seen. At one point a normal conversation becomes a remix breakdown, and it’s never commented on by any of the characters. Later, an entire town breaks into a musical number which devolves into a riot, and it is commented on. It’s the kind of comedy that people call “random” because they don’t get it. It’s pretty much my favorite movie.

When I first saw it, I did not think “I hope these people remake Spinal Tap, but about a Justin Bieber type character,” because I’m not a genius. Luckily, The Lonely Island are geniuses, so they made Popstar.

Granted I just did this movie an immense disservice by mentioning Spinal Tap because no, of course nothing is ever going to live up to that. That movie is a singular experience. But Popstar comes closer than anything else I’ve ever seen, and that includes the follow ups to Spinal Tap. So the question is, do you have room in your heart for two Spinal Taps? Of course you do. If not, get your priorities in order and kick out some of your heart’s dead weight. I see that you’re still pining for Jessica. You made out with her once in 9th Grade, let it go.

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So that Movie Hot Rod eh?!?!?! It sure is a movie design!

Here’s my go. First two images are just me taking the car and just making up my own bot mode [one in movie colors, the other in more geewunny colors]. Third image is my take on making the movie design just a little more Hot Rod-y by adding/tweaking some things [like the head and giving him some wings!]


The *real* design, as is, is pretty generic. He reminds me of Lockdown’s movie design, which was just a big generic looking mechanical dude. Needed more kibble. Needed more interesting proportions. [and for the love of god, please move on from the ‘front of car = chest’ transformation/design scheme]. Needed to be more interesting period. Ah well!