July 8, 2020
(The Channel Awesome logo is shown, followed by the NC title sequence)
NC: Hello, I'm the Nostalgia Critic. I remember it so you don't have to. Hard to believe a little over 25 years ago, DreamWorks was officially created.
(The "DreamWorks SKG" logo is shown)
NC (vo): There was good buzz around it, as it was founded by powerhouses...
(Shots of the founders of the company (the "SKG" in the name) are shown: Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and David Geffen)
NC (vo): ...Spielberg, Katzenberg and that third one, but it wasn't until three years later that films were finally being put out.
(Posters for the first three DreamWorks movies are shown, The Peacemaker, Amistad, and this video's topic, Mouse Hunt)
NC (vo): The first was an action film with George Clooney and Nicole Kidman, the second an Oscar drama directed by Spielberg, and the third was a kids' movie, directed by Tim Burton with (An image of a box of Crayola crayons is superimposed, all green, with a label on it reading: "DAVID FINCHER CRAYONS") David Fincher's Crayons...
(Cut to a shot of...)
NC (vo): ...Gore Verbinski. How was it?
NC: Um... (looks around shiftily) Very Gore Verbinski. (nods awkwardly)
(The title for Mouse Hunt is shown, followed by footage of the movie)
NC (vo): Mouse Hunt was a surprise hit at the box office, pulling in over $120 million internationally against a $38 million budget. It was a surprise not because a family film grabbed children's attention with a December release – that's pretty common – but because audiences didn't seem to know what to make of it. It was very ugly-looking, but advertised as bright and colorful. It had a lot of slapstick, though some very uncomfortable moments, too.
(The Rotten Tomatoes page for this movie is shown, showing that it received a score of 42% on the Tomotometer)
NC (vo): While critics weren't that enthusiastic, audiences... (The audience score is now shown as well, showing that Mouse Hunt received a score of 49% on the Audience Score) ...were a little less not enthusiastic. To this day, whenever I bring the film up, most people don't really know how to react to it. Well, that's why I'm here: to verbalize your thoughts on this movie and shame you if you, in any way, disagree.
(A promo image for The Mandalorian is shown, but with the heads of Roger Ebert, Gene Siskel and Gene Shalit)
NC (vo): This is the way. So let's go back to more innocent times, before a Verbinski family production meant...
(Cut to a clip of the opening of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, showing a young boy about to be hanged)
NC (vo): ...hanging little boys in the first few minutes.
(The boy is finally hanged)
NC: Class. This is Mouse Hunt.
NC (vo): The film opens with a profound quote...
(...which reads: "'A world without string is chaos.' -Rudolf Smuntz")
NC: I mean, we were all thinking it, but finally, somebody said it!
(The film begins with a funeral in progress. It is a rainy day, and people congregate outside the church, waiting for the pallbearers to bring out the coffin)
NC (vo): We start off with a funeral, so again, (The hanging scene from Pirates is superimposed a second time) not a huge difference to how he gets things going...as it looks like Rudolf Smuntz is the man who died. He's played by William Hickey. In fact, this is the last film he ever worked on. And boy, do they know how to pay a man proper respect!
(One of the handles of the coffin breaks off and the pallbearers accidentally drop the coffin, which slides down the steps of the church)
Pallbearer: I'm sorry!
(The coffin crashes into the side of one of the parked cars, throwing the coffin forward and launching the corpse of Rudolf Smuntz out of it. He sails through the air, rolling end over end as he does so, and falls down an open manhole into the sewer below, landing in the water with a splash. To the sound of a violin playing, the screen pauses as the following words pop up: "In Memory of William Hickey – 1927-1997". The pallbearers then look down the sewer to see Smuntz's body fall down it)
NC (vo): The pallbearers who botched it up are his sons Lars, played by Lee Evans, and Ernie, played by Nathan Lane. They're given their father's string factory as well as his mansion.
Attorney: (looking at a photo of said mansion) It seems the previous owner was found locked in a trunk in the attic.
(As we cut back to NC, an image of ventriloquist Jeff Dunham with one of his puppets, Peanut, is shown in the corner)
NC: Jeff Dunham worked with puppets so long, he eventually put himself away. (nods)
Lars: (seeing Ernie leave, while holding a ceramic egg) Wait, you can't go. We have to go through all these papers!
(As he turns around, Lars accidentally loses his grip on the egg, and it is flung across the room, bounces off the attorney's head, then bounces off the desk and lands on the floor, shattering to bits. Lars is stunned by what just happened)
NC (vo; deadpan): Wow, how did your slapstick go from flinging a corpse at a funeral into a sewer to egg-bouncing? (A shot of Evel Knievel is superimposed) That's like Evel Knievel following jumping ten buses with...
NC: (reaching hand out, dopey voice) ..."What's that behind your ear?" (pulls out a quarter)