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  1. Pathé newsreels

    There are literally decades of Pathé newsreels out there that are just *itching* for the Rifftrax treatment.

    Example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xROXat5cBDc

    27 votes
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  2. You In Public Service

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8rahERQ8n4

    This is a whole series of educational films meant for people in public service jobs. The one I've linked to gives an overview of the whole series, but the only one I've actually seen all of is the grooming one (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACQNZDR_qg0). Between the four hosts looking like a bad version of Sesame Street, the feeble attempts at comedy, the animated bit straight out of Schoolhouse Rock, and the musical numbers, the whole series could spawn some great riffing.

    7 votes
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  3. The Factory How A Product Is Made

    So you want to know how Mattel makes Jack In The Boxes? Here you go,! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TgsEVNmEKU

    8 votes
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  4. Too Tough to Care (1964)

    From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Too_Tough_to_Care

    Too Tough to Care is an 18-minute educational film produced in 1964 to undermine teenage resistance to anti-smoking education.

    Farley, an advertising copy writer for the fictional Finster Cigarette Company, is dismayed by the medical establishment's successful campaign to link smoking with lung cancer. It dawns on Farley that one effective way to counter this campaign would be to promote the concept of being "too tough to care" about the hazards of smoking. So he launches an advertising campaign, complete with a compelling jingle, showing men such as dynamite workers and gas workers lighting up Finster cigarettes in…

    21 votes
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  5. "This Is Coffee" - An instructional short about how you're making coffee wrong.

    An alternate title for this short could be "Go to Hell French Press"

    At first, this 12 minute short celebrates the diverse styles of coffee and the many ways to enjoy it.

    But then it insists that there's only the one Coffee Brewing Institute approved method to make a cup of coffee using one of three types of coffee pots. Anything else doesn't count as coffee.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phFqsRd6Sxo

    24 votes
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  6. Catweazle

    I'm an American/Dutch dual citizen, living in Holland for ten years and the US west coast for fifty years before that.

    My Dutch husband called one of our kitties "Catweazle" this evening, and I asked him what on earth he was talking about. It turns out that "Catweazle" was a British-made children's show from the early '70s that he watched on TV as a small child.

    I watched Season 1, Episode 1 of "Catweazle" (oh, I never get tired of typing that name!) on YouTube, and it was fifteen minutes of riff-worthy delight.

    I had never heard of this show…

    10 votes
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  7. Raggedy Ann and Andy (1941)

    This Fleischer cartoon gives "Fun in Balloonland" a run for its money in the sheer insanity department. There's a character with a pair of scissors for a head, and Ann and Andy are SEWN TOGETHER at the end.

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  8. Private Snafu or A Few Quick Facts (1942-1946)

    Series of animated shorts used to educate WWII soldiers on many touchy, difficult subjects. PVT Snafu being voiced by the legendary Mel Blanc.

    One has to be wary to not pick the shorts with obvious racist depictions of the Japanese army/navy/etc.... One episode was written by Dr. Seus.

    https://web.archive.org/web/20161225201615/http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0034915/
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlbGPQydXZs

    22 votes
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  9. DragonStrike

    It's a 30 minute video tape that came with a board game back in the 80s. It's really cheesy and perfect.

    9 votes
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  10. School's Out

    what do kids do during the summer holidays? this film attempts to explain this, the answer an awful lot

    1. a gun fight in the middle of the street

    2. a child riding a dog into battle

    3. a police man escorts a young boy around a gym

    4. a demonstration of old live saving methods

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fxa6Uxds3lY&t=953s

    15 votes
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  11. Depending On Weather

    Adverse weather conditions are a hazard for the unprepared driver. Motoring writer and race driver, David Mckay, gives his check-list for reliable motoring with safety during extreme weather. (NFSA Films)

    1. thrill as what is meant to be a joyful drive gets a man muddy

    2. marvel at adverse weather

    3. enjoy the process of changing a tire

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  12. Crystals 1958 Alan Holden - Bell Laboratories

    I ran across this short on youtube. A teacher at Bell Laboratories talks about the Physics of Crystals and their Cleavage. It's perfect Riff material!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YW0wjYdUPw

    4 votes
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  13. Operation: Deep Freeze

    Or, a history of my dating life.

    Just kidding, it's a short from the '50s about Antarctica! Starring some overly adorable penguins.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uA-1F5NSjsU

    9 votes
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  14. Manager On The Case (1989)

    Made by Film Australia 1989. An outline of how rehabilitation programs are administered in Commonwealth Agencies with specific reference to the role of the case manager. (NFSA Films)

    1. it has a young Russell Crowe, which should be reason enough

    2. it has some funky late 80s tunes

    3. learn about the bureaucracy of the public service

    4. random teleportation

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcTFOYuiUcc&t=440s

    12 votes
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  15. The House In the Middle

    Really, this civil defense era video needs to be riffed.
    https://archive.org/details/Houseint1954
    Watch and be amazed.

    4 votes
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  16. Hell-Bent For Election (1944)

    Something different from animator Chuck Jones: an allegorical PSA about voting for FDR. It's actually quite good (one of the first cartoons from the studio that became UPA), but very "old timey," and those always are good for riffing.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=UhHaCEdeDPA

    3 votes
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  17. https://youtu.be/W2zVBqCFMIk

    It is called “life and death” Contrast between competent and incompetent EMS services. It is hilarious in and of itself. Very rich in riffing subject matter

    3 votes
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  18. Getting Off on the Right Foot (1972)

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4Rx57jVGfso
    In case “Last Clear Chance” and “Days of Our Years” weren’t enough, here’s another western railroad short from the days before mounting and dismounting moving equipment was banned. There’s a very good reason that practice was banned: knees and ankles. Also, it shows LA in the early 1970s, particularly the extra-nice parts of town where the railroad yards were. And finally, if it gets the safety message out, it deserves to be shown.

    4 votes
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  19. Rookie Lifeguard Potential (1993 video)

    Seizure inducing ADHD centric water safety PSA sponsored by Sega using Baywatch cast members for UK audience. Also features the time traveling dolphin protagonist of Sega's Echo the Dolphin console game.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoRI5E3zzzo
    Find it here on Youtube:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABO8wB6tYCs

    2 votes
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