Evil Toons

EvilToons

Director Fred Olen Ray:

“So I’m sitting in this movie theater one day and I’m watching Who Framed Roger Rabbit and I see Jessica Rabbit come on and all the guys are going, ‘Va-va-va-voom, I’d have sex with that,’ and I said, ‘You know, I bet that somebody’d pay money to see a cartoon character rip a girl’s clothes off.’”

And with that bit of insight, Ray produced the adult live-action/animated feature, Evil Toons, a 1992 production that I’d never heard of until yesterday when I read about it on Richard O’Connor’s blog. Interesting note for animation fans: the animation in the film was created by none other than Oscar-nominated John Dilworth (creator of Courage the Cowardly Dog and the director of Dirdy Birdy).

Here’s the trailer to whet your appetite:

And an 11-minute commentary from the director offering insights into how he created movie magic:


  • http://goldenagecartoons.com Matthew Hunter

    Ah, the stuff that really BAD movies are made of.

  • Victor

    Dude! I have this movie and I watched it a loooooong time ago! Crazy!

  • Nicole

    I remember seeing this on the Animation Bottom 100 List on IMDB … I think it hovering around #7 at the moment http://www.imdb.com/chart/animation

  • http://dailygrail.com/blog/8389 red pill junkie

    Oh, yeah! I’m looking for this one on E-Mule Baby!! XD

  • Belgian

    Wow, it even has Dick Miller

  • http://spitandspite.com SpitAndSpite

    hah! hilarious. at least he seems to be very aware of how terrible and cheesy a film it is.

  • http://weirdocorner.blogspot.com Eric Noble

    This makes “Cool World” look like “The Godfather”.

  • Emil

    And live action is considered more glamorous than animation WHY?

  • Marc Baker

    I remember seeing this in the video store, and thought of it as just another ‘Roger Rabbit’ cash grab. (Which it probably was.) I had no idea that ‘Courage’ creator, John Dilworth worked on this. After watching the trailer, the wolf character looks like he stepped right out of the show based on his designs.

  • http://www.illegibleme.com Andrew Smith

    No film with Dick Miller is 100% bad.

  • Austin “oppo” Papageorge

    Not only John Dilworth, but:

    Mario J. Menjivar: (the Lion King, Tarzan, Looney Tunes Back In Action)

    Miguel Martinez-Joffre: (Doug, The Venture Bros)

    Mark Heller: (Courage The Courardly Dog)

    Levi Louis: (Bebe’s Kids, Blooper Bunny)

  • Kris

    Oh my goodness, I’ve known about this movie for several years now because the local video store stocked an old VHS copy of it. I read the box copy and said, “Holy crap, I need to see this!”

    When I finally watched it, I was disappointed to find out that there was only one evil toon, and even he didn’t stay a toon for long. The movie’s still baffling and kind of hilarious, though.

  • Brian O.

    At least this guy made a movie rather than sitting back passing judgment on other people’s work.

  • Gobo

    I found a copy of this on DVD for a buck a few years ago. Unfortunately there’s all of 30 seconds of animation in the film, tops, and the rest is godawful.

  • Liesje Kraai

    Amid, if you haven’t seen it yet you’re welcome to borrow my copy (that’s how Richard saw it). Although, it’s on VHS and requires that you fast-forward through a screener of ‘Millions’ staring Billy Zane (unless you REALLY want to watch that too).

  • rhinotonight

    i remember my parents renting this one night in.. god something like 92.

    i only remember one part where a girl is in her panties and the toon is on the screen.
    they wouldn’t let me watch it.

    although i did recognize the cover immediately.

  • BT

    Man, I was so disappointed when I rented this as a teenager. It seems like such a funny idea but as Gobo says there’s barely any animation in it (not sure if it’s really only 30 seconds, but it wasn’t more than a couple minutes). I can’t remember if the evil toon turned invisible or if he possessed a live action person or what, but most of it is typical Fred Olen Ray low budget cheesiness.

  • jordan reichek

    OMG…. i didn’t just see david carradine deliver a pizza in this film, did i?

    wow, i raise my chalice to you, Fred Olen Ray!

  • http://www.spiteyourface.com Tony Mines

    Man, the longer that guy talks, the more moral boundaries he seems to have gleefully crossed.

    “So i’m in the movie theater and see these guys lusting after this cartoon girl, so I immediately make the natural progressive leap, that people will pay money to watch a cartoon character rape a real live girl, and thats how I got the idea for Deviantart…”

  • gaastra

    “Man, I was so disappointed when I rented this as a teenager. It seems like such a funny idea but as Gobo says there’s barely any animation in it (not sure if it’s really only 30 seconds, but it wasn’t more than a couple minutes). I can’t remember if the evil toon turned invisible or if he possessed a live action person or what, but most of it is typical Fred Olen Ray low budget cheesiness”

    He takes over the girl you see in the poster. The rest of the film is her killing people. Like everyone else i was let down that the movie only had two cartoon parts and thats it. This used to air on hbo in the 90s.

  • Steve Gattuso

    Oh spiffy… American hentai. :P

  • Kevin

    Evil Toons tagline:
    Come for the almost non-existent use of animation … Stay for girls in various states of undress.

  • BWARG!

    wow…..
    just wow….
    that cartoon dog is molesting that woman….
    You can tell they cast the girls for their acting talent…….
    and they got Carradine.
    Am I seeing this right?

  • Ryan

    Ick, I used to always want to see this when they had it at the video shop, but I was never allowed to see it because it was an 18, and I was ten years too young. I’ll see it one day…

  • Nate

    The nadir of the film careers of both David Carradine and Arte Johnson.

  • http://montyonmovies.blogspot.com Monty Ashley

    Saw it at the 1995 San Diego Comic Con. Even for a movie at 3:00 am, it wasn’t good.

  • KarmaRocketX

    See? Now, compared to bottom barrel garbage shit like this, Cool World wasn’t very bad at all, was it? :P

  • CameronPoe

    So bad it’s good, a cheap live-action and animated rip-off of Gremlins but mixed with Urotsukidoji or Ralph Bakshi’s style.

    Good to have an MST3K party with.