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  1. Better Use of Leisure Time (1950)

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    "Better Use of Leisure Time" is a short about how people today (1950's) have never had it so good. So if a teen has free time and they aren't doing some form of learning or labor then they're wasting their present and their future!

    Parts of it feel prime for ripping while other parts feel like an unattainable punch to the gut. E.g., a house and a family on a single-income 40-hour a week job that allows the breadwinner time to cut out early for family and hobbies.

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  2. Paddy the Pelican Shorts

    Calling these fifties-era, made-for-TV cartoon shorts cheap would be an insult to cheapness.

    Apparently, they're based on a character who started out as a puppet on a Chicago-area kids' show. The black-and-white animation looks like a pencil test. The animation is nothing but endless loops over and over. One single man does every voice in the cartoon, and not only does he sound like he did his voice recording in a broom closet, the quality of his acting in general makes Tommy Wiseau sound like Sir Ian McKellen. The dialogue this "actor" is reading sounds as if he lost the…

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  3. " Safety Sue . "

    " Safety Sue " is a bizarre short film of a woman in a bikini ( Safety Sue herself !! ) who teaches three army guys about swimming safely . It was made in 1977 . It is also called " Thank You , Safety Sue !! " And was made by the US Department Of Defense . I have seen the short , and there is plenty of fodder for the RiffTrax Crew to turn into gold !!

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  4. Marvel Super Heroes "Animated" TV Series

    In 1966, Grantray-Lawrence Animation produced a TV series made up of shorts revolving around various Marvel heroes--Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Namor The Sub-Mariner, and The Hulk. These stories were taken from the Silver Age comics.

    And when I say "taken from," I mean literally. The "animation", and I use the term generously, was basically the original comic art with some animation--moving lips, the occasional (slightly) moving figure or a fully animated silhouette, on-screen sound effects.

    These shorts reflected the slight cheesiness of Silver Age comics--characters describing their actions even as they played out onscreen, somewhat over-inflated dialogue, etc. In…

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  5. Jerry Pulls the Strings

    A 1938 "short" film in which the grumpy owner of a coffee company refuses to let his daughter marry her sweetheart because he won't take a real job instead of playing with marionettes all day. The young man then wins him over by putting on a puppet show about the history and production of coffee. Features classic 1930s-era stereotypes and perhaps the creepiest goat puppet ever to grace the screen.

    Can currently be seen on Amazon Prime in the "Puppet Movies" compilation.

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  6. Simba: The King Lion (1995– )

    North Korean/Italian coproduction ... ripping off Disney's Lion King.
    But at least the animals have laser beam powers to make the story more ... interesting? Plus there are soccer episodes with flame thrower wielding NYC rats.

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2374051/reference
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ce6TAu6b4ek

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  7. 13 votes
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  8. The Front Line

    Early 60's short about how to be a better checker at a grocery store!
    <iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Dgx800yxdMg&quot; frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

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  9. The Dinner Party

    A public domain short from 1945 which follows a neurotic, paranoid group of people attempting to use manners at a dinner party.

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  10. writing well./paragraphs

    This is an educational short that me and my friends at school loved as a kid. It's about a couple of kids learning how to write paragraphs from an alien named axolotl. The alien is just a man with aluminum paint and a curly blue wig. And if that weren't enough, he's actually living in one of the kid's house, ALF style. Except of course this particular extraterrestrial hates cats and thinks they're trying to eat him instead of the other way around. I cannot tell you how much I would love to see this short riffed on. I hope…

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  11. St. Louis Museum of Transportation Virtual Tour Video

    This sounds weird (it's a lot of words) but it's soooo very riffable! I don't know what the copyright laws would require, but it's worth thinking about. For one thing, the camera is set on oscillating, for two, it keeps repeating the tour of the kiddie playroom a thousand times, and for three, the museum's not even that cool! It's really boring.

    Mike, Kevin, Bill: PLEASE try this. I'm begging you. And if you can't actually riff it for real, at least watch and make fun of it for your own enjoyment.

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  12. It's Everybody's Business

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=220XsrVZ1rk

    An educational cartoon from 1954 that lets the viewer know that capitalism was always the basis for all of our freedoms.

    There's also the message that the government provides vital services but that means taxes, so be sure to protest the government taxes.

    And there are also women in bikini's standing in front of open fridges. Because of course.

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  13. Food for Thought (Short, 1949)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=ZavYMVXYam8

    This educational short has a lot of absurd scenes: there's a rush to plate a loaf of sliced bread, regular meals of meat as big as a human head, and a lesbian teenaged daughter with a wedding ring.

    It also has compelling characters: the generic overworked housewife whose love is conditional on good cooking, the father who can't eat spaghetti, and the daughter who loves pressure cookers so much she gets an advance on her allowance to buy one.

    The narration is also top notch. There's a complete description about how pressure cookers work, lists of foods that one…

    12 votes
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  14. Potato Cultivation and Distribution (1940s): "And now the destiny of the potato is fulfilled"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsP26MxPX2c

    The first 28 minutes are devoted to the growth and bagging of potatoes, the last two minutes go over how bags of potatoes are loaded and unloaded from a boxcar so the potatoes can be sold at grocery stores. Coincidentally, this short was made by Union Pacific Railroads.

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  15. The Nutshack

    I'm not sure if this counts as a short, it's a TV show, but I couldn't find a TV show suggestion function. So anyway, this is one of the worst cartoons ever made, and I think you could get some material out of this.

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  16. Z is for Zoo

    Here is a vintage educational short from 1970, produced by our good friends at ACI. Though this short taking place at some zoo was made to teach young viewers to read, it starts with some rather bizarre and unsettling visuals that always made me feel weirded out, ever since I saw this short as a small child on a "Know-It-Owl" VHS tape.

    To view the short, go to this link -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ye1nS_sdQb8 -- and skip to 15:32.

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  18. "Match Your Mood"

    https://archive.org/details/matchyourmood

    This overly groovy ad for Westinghouse refrigerators is public domain and, well, laughably weird. After all, who doesn't want to apply burlap or brick-texture Contact paper to their fridge while dancing around it on New Year's Eve?

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  19. video game promo videos

    back in the 90s and early 2000s, many new video games would get previewed with footage on a video tape most especially nintendo 64 since they refused to make a bunch of demo carts even if they did with pokemon stadium, mario party 3, the legend of zelda majora's mask, donkey kong 64 and jet force gemini. there's also playstation one promo videos made as well and of course sega. if you must riff sega vhs', dvds, laserdiscs and betamax's do the promo videos only. that means no anime or tv shows or movies based on the sega games. there's…

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  20. Monkey Doodle (1933, animated)

    Before animation involved plot or artistry. Utterly baffling.

    https://archive.org/details/MonkeyDoodle1933

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