An ancient Aztec legend tells of a God who descended to Earth from the stars at the dawn of time and became the father of the first Pumaman...
"So... pumas are suicidally depressive mouth-breathers?" - Crow T. Robot
Debuting in 1980 with the original title of L'Uomo Puma, this poorly done but amusing superhero movie is most notable for its royal treatment as MST3k's
It was directed by Alberto De Martino
and the screenplay was written by Luigi Angelo
and Massimo De Rita
It stars Walter George Alton
as Professor Tony Farms, Donald Pleasence
as Kobras, Sydne Rome
as Jane Dobson, and Miguelangel Fuentes
Puma Man - Episode 903 - Aired April 4, 1998
This episode is an MST3k classic. It follows the adventures of Tony Farms, a dorky
and apparently incompetent paleontologist
who lives and works in London
. His tranquil
life is interrupted by the appearance of Vadinho, a large goofy Aztec
priest. Both in the original and the mistied version, Vadinho very much steals the show from the supposed protagonist, Tony.
"Your father saw in the dark. Your father jumped in the air. Your father protected my people." - Vadinho
Vadinho and Tony are fighting the forces of the evil Kobras, who has stolen a cheesy prop. Err, the golden mask of the Aztec gods, which gives him power over the minds of men. With the mask, his minions, and his brainwashed slaves, Kobras is attempting to defenestrate
a lot of Americans
and has a plan to take over the world
. Hey, at least he doesn't have a cat
Tony: "What is this?"
Vadinho: "My refuge."
Tony: "It fits your proportions."
Crow (as Tony): "Do you have a small, whiny warehouse for me?"
in this episode come pretty fast and steady, and the movie is hardly Oscar
material, but it's interesting enough to keep you going. And, of course, there are a few subplots on the Satellite of Love
and Castle Forrester
- Tom Servo
's battle with Short Man's Disease, Crow T. Robot
's resignation and return as a freelancer, Pearl Forrester
's ball, Roger Whittaker
, and more.
Vadinho: "You must take the great trip."
Mike: "Go to grandma's?"
Vadinho: "Dive into the nothingness."
Tom: "Watch MTV?"
Due to the usual copyright problems with rebroadcast of MST3k episodes, this might be hard to track down through normal channels, but with a little work you may find a friend with a tape or another copy
of it. It's well worth it, this episode is great fun for newbies
and old fans alike.