THE BEST Parodies

If Michael Bay Directed UP

If Michael Bay Directed UP

By filling all the balloons with explosive hydrogen, then adding extraneous edits, lens flare, and a power ballad, YouTuber Mr.Stratman7 managed to turn the Pixar classic UP into your typically overdone Michael Bay popcorn flick. The only thing it’s missing is some giant robots to knock things over.

Kevin James: Nature Planet

Kevin James: Nature Planet

Kevin James stars as an oversize Ewok fighting his way back from the brink of extinction in “Nature Planet.” While he’s no Sir David Attenborough, you’ve gotta hand it to “Sir” Adam Sandler for his narration work on this spot-on nature show parody.

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Mary Tyler Mask Up

Mary Tyler Mask Up

Who can turn the world on with her smile? Even behind a mask, Mary Tyler Moore certainly could have. Actor and comedian P.M. Artin reminds us to keep our faces covered in public with this spot-on parody of the opening credits of MTM’s classic 1970s sitcom.

Oompah’s Paradise

Oompah’s Paradise

For 2020, a toned-down version of the annual Oktoberfest celebration has kicked off in Germany. To celebrate, There I Ruined It recorded a new version of Coolio and L.V.’s Gangsta’s Paradise, with a fresh new oompah band sound.

This Sh*t Is Bananab

This Sh*t Is Bananab

The 2005 Gwen Stefani track Hollaback Girl repeatedly proclaims that “this sh*t is bananas,” then proceeds to spell it out letter-by-letter. But what if Gwen’s backup singer couldn’t spell? Archie Henderson aka Jazz Emu made us bust a gut laughing with his impression of just that.

Floaty Holograms Are Stupid

Floaty Holograms Are Stupid

Science fiction and futuristic movies love to envision a world where projecting images into the air is commonplace. Danger Farm demonstrates how those floating holographic images may look cool, but they aren’t exactly the most practical or reliable way to look at things.

Terrence Malick’s Zoolander

Terrence Malick’s Zoolander

Filmmaker Terrence Malick is known for creating stylish, cerebral cinema like The Tree of Life and The Thin Red Line. The guys from Slate brilliantly recut footage from Ben Stiller’s notably more silly Zoolander and turn it into one of the acclaimed writer/director’s highbrow art house films.

Basically a Tom Scott Video

Basically a Tom Scott Video

We’ve featured a number of Tom Scott’s videos over the years, and for the most part we’ve found them to be fascinating and informative. On the other hand, this parody video from comedian Matt Colbo has nothing useful to show or tell us at all.

Bad Bluegrass

Bad Bluegrass

YouTube channel There I Ruined It is in the business of messing with popular songs and, well, ruining them by covering them in a totally inappropriate style. Their bluegrass reworking of Michael Jackson’s “Bad” is so wrong that it’s right. We also chuckled at their swing version of Nirvana’s “Come As You Are.”

How People Move in Video Games

How People Move in Video Games

As good as the graphics have gotten in video games, the character animations aren’t always as convincing. In this hilarious video from Komazawa Isolation, the protagonist walks around Tokyo’s Shibuya district just like they do in third-person action games like Grand Theft Auto. The spot-on camera work seals the deal.

Starship Troopers Honest Trailer

Starship Troopers Honest Trailer

One of life’s must-see movies has to be Paul Verhoeven’s Starship Troopers. It’s loaded with scenery-chewing, quotable quotes, thinly-veiled societal commentary, giant alien insects, and lots of goo. What’s not to like? Screen Junkies couldn’t agree more, and offers their sarcastic take on this brain-sucking classic.

Alfred Matthew Yankovic

Alfred Matthew Yankovic

“Weird Al” Yankovic has already done a great send-up of the musical juggernaut Hamilton with “The Hamilton Polka.” As good as that is, we also love The Weird Alphabet’s parody, which is more of a prototypical novelty song, changing the lyrics to tell the origin story of the man behind “Another One Rides the Bus.”

Zoom in the 1980s

Zoom in the 1980s

For many of us, working from home means countless videoconferences, with Zoom being the most popular choice for big team meetings. Continuing their Wonders of the World Wide Web series, Squirrel Monkey looks back at what life might have been like if Zoom came out in 1988, and required a special dial-up adapter box to work.

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Pet This F*cking Puppy

Pet This F*cking Puppy

Are you feeling stressed out? Perhaps you could use a little light reading material to help ease your tension. This parody kid’s book is filled with sensory pleasures like the fur on a soft puppy dog, a cozy warm blanket… and swearing like a truck driver.

Portal: The Sound of Science

Portal: The Sound of Science

The last time we got a new Portal game was all the way back in 2011, but we still keep hoping that Valve will give us Portal 3 someday. For now, this Portal-inspired machinima parody of Simon and Garfunkel’s The Sound of Silence from Harry101UK and lyricist Greg Holgate will have to suffice.

The Story of Fire Saga (Trailer)

The Story of Fire Saga (Trailer)

Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams star in this parody movie about a washed up Icelandic musical duo who ends up being their country’s representative at the famed Eurovision Song Contest. We’re getting a Zoolander kind of vibe here, and that’s a good thing. Coming to Netflix 6.26.20.

The Office (with a Cat)

The Office (with a Cat)

YouTuber OwlKitty likes to imagine the world with more cats. In this clip, they envision a reboot of NBC’s comedy classic The Office, but with 100% more kitties working at Dunder-Mifflin. We bet that cat would use all of the paper in the warehouse as a scratching post.

eBay in 1988

eBay in 1988

Squirrel Monkey’s retro tech series “Wonders of the World Wide Web” ponders what it might have been like if eBay shipped on a stack of floppy diskettes, and ran on a late 1980s PC. It includes the most hilariously skeuomorphic user experience since Microsoft BOB.

Fast and Furious 99

Fast and Furious 99

“What is it going to take to kill Dom?.. Probably his blood pressure.” AOK envisions a day when the Fast and Furious franchise nears its 100th movie. But now that their drivers licenses have been revoked, our aging racers must take to the streets and perform death-defying stunts in mobility scooters.

We Dem Arby’s BoyZ

We Dem Arby’s BoyZ

“Manager Claudette moved with the quickness of a jungle cat… as she leapt into her burgundy Tercel to give chase.” With classic Daily Show style editing, the guys from BowserVids injected a trio of new employees into a news report about a robbery at an Arby’s with hilarious results.

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Masterclass: Dad Loads a Dishwasher

Masterclass: Dad Loads a Dishwasher

We’ve all seen those ads for Masterclass, with their haughty explanations of skills to be taught by leaders in their respective fields. Jim Cameron is an expert too. But he’s not the guy who made Terminator or Avatar. Nope, he’s just Kathleen Cameron’s dad – and he knows the one right way to load a dishwasher.

Tiger King Honest Trailer

Tiger King Honest Trailer

If you missed out on the Tiger King craze, it’s never too late to watch. And if you still need convincing, perhaps Screen Junkies‘ take on the insane Netflix docuseries will push you over the edge. And if you’ve already seen it, welcome back to the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park.

Coronavirus Rhapsody

Coronavirus Rhapsody

The COVID-19 pandemic is nothing to laugh about, but that doesn’t mean should lose our sense of humor. Musicians Samuel Fu, Matthew Van Ness and Marin Drake, and lyricist Dana Jay Bein offer up a parody of “Bohemian Rhapsody” about self-isolating, washing your hands, and the other challenges of living in these trying times.

Highway Man

Highway Man

Comedian Henry Phillips pokes fun at cheesy TV dramas of the 1980s with his proposed web series “Highway Man,” a show about a lonely drifter who pops in on people in their moments of need, and basically has nothing useful to offer at all. The future episode synopses on his Patreon page sound thrilling!

Butt-cleaning Robot

Butt-cleaning Robot

With hoarding surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s been quite the run on toilet paper here in the U.S. While add-on bidet toilet seats are always an option, Mike of Useless Duck Company thinks he’s got a more thorough solution – though his approach might be just a little more painful. Kids, don’t try this at home.

Every Student Film Set

Every Student Film Set

If you’ve ever been involved in a student film – or any amateur film shoot, you’ll easily relate to Gus Johnson’s parody sketch. He perfectly captures the frustrations of the day, from the lack of direction, to the terrible production techniques, to the endless waiting around due to poor planning.

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