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Mom and Dad Save The World is a 1992 film parody of Flash Gordon which stars Jon Lovitz, Teri Garr, Jeffrey Jones, Eric Idle, Thalmus Rasulala and other actors. Jon Lovitz plays Emperor Tod Spengo who is the cruel, silly and over-dramatic emperor of the planet named Spengo. Teri Garr plays Marge Nelson and Jeffrey Jones plays Dick Nelson, her husband.

Emperor Spengo, with General Afir at his side, takes over a small planet at the edge of the galaxy populated entirely by idiots, and renames it after himself. He orders that all the resources of the planet should be engaged to create his "Super Death Ray Laser". The laser's purpose is to destroy Earth, thus making Spengo the greatest planet in the Universe. When Emperor Spengo looks at exactly where his Laser would strike, he sees Marge Nelson exercising -- and falls in love.

Using his Magnobeam (a giant magnet), he kidnaps Marge and her husband Dick as they are on their way to a 20th-anniversary weekend. He hopes to make Marge his before he blows up the Earth. Dick and Marge get separated on Spengo, Marge is sent to the lap of luxury, waited on by small people with fish or dog heads, while Dick is thrown into a dungeon. Can Dick find his way back to Marge? Can the rightful king of Spengo retake his throne? What the hell were Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon smoking when they wrote this? Weed. Bales and bales of weed. So it's a Disney movie?

This movie contains examples of:


 Tod: The Earth! You think you're so big. So important!

    • Really compensating.

 Tod: Greetings, Marge Nelson. I am Tod the Destroyer, ruler of all you see. Impressed?

Marge: Oh, yes. You have an absolutely adorable little planet here.

Tod: (strained laugh) Ah, hah. Oh, so... you think my planet is little?

Marge: Oh, yes, it's just tiny.

Tod: (barely contained rage) I'll have you know, Marge Nelson, it's not the size of your planet, it's how you use it!

    • And it goes on.

 Marge: Todd... are you... insecure?

Tod: (denial laugh) Hah! Me? Insecure? If I were insecure WHY WOULD I SPEAK SO LOUDLY? Hm? How about now, dear Marge? What do you think of me now?!

    • If you look at the plate on the wall which Dick and Marge stand in front of for a picture, it shows a "scale comparison" between the Sears Tower and Spengo's tower.
  • Ditto Aliens: Averted with the dog-men and fish-ladies, who possess differing fur/scale tones and patterns within their individual type. Marge is even able to recognize her guard from a fish-lady's family photo she'd seen earlier, and offer marriage counseling to help him get back together with his wife.
  • Double Entendre: Spengo drops these occasionally. Example in Compensating for Something.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: Good news: Sympathetic guard. Bad news: No face-concealing helmet, and the borrowed uniform isn't even close to being your size Good news: planet of idiots. Bad news: Afir is no idiot.
  • Ear Worm: Tod Spengo's anthem. "Tod, Tod, Tod, Tod, Tod, Tod, Tod, Tod..."
  • Egopolis: One of the more extreme examples, as Tod renamed the entire planet after himself.
  • Expy: Aside from the Flash Gordon parody, one talking rat looks and behaves suspiciously like Salacious Crumb.
  • Face Palm: One of the Dog Guards during the "mutton chop" scene below.
  • Family-Friendly Firearms: The laser weapons are especially jarring since the planet's denizens themselves know and acknowledge that they are all idiots.
  • Fashion Victim Villain: Everyone on Spengo, but it makes perfect sense since Tod Spengo designed everything, from the clothes to the statuary to the music, and he has extremely poor taste.
  • Fur Bikini: Worn by the female natives. The men wear loincloths are and mostly bare-chested as well.
  • Gender Equals Breed: It is implied that the bulldog-men and fish-ladies are members of the same species.
  • The Good Chancellor: General Afir.
  • Groin Attack: Marge knees Tod in the groin, but he is unaffected, mostly.

 Tod: (high pitched voice) Thank you!


 King Raff: Did I mention we were a planet of idiots?

  • Killer Rabbit: The Lubb-Lubbs, which resemble cute, smiling mushroom like beings. Their actual mouths are huge and sharklike, filled with nasty pointy teeth.
    • Also filled with another mouth that is also filled with nasty pointy teeth.
      • They do taste good - at least to the natives - with heavy grease. Yum!
  • Mental Picture Projector. A reference to Flash Gordon (1980).
  • More Teeth Than the Osmond Family: The Lubb-Lubbs.
  • Oh Crap: Dick does this a lot.
  • Only Sane Man: General Afir through most of the film, even when compared to Dick and Marge.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: The rebels wear large bird costumes to avoid being spotted, even though there are no birds nearly that large on the planet. Given their opposition, it might have been a pretty effective tactic anyway.
  • Pig Latin: It seems it's the natural language of the planet.

 Sirk: Aketay offay irdbay askmay!

  • Pimped-Out Dress: Both really cheesy dresses Marge is forced to wear.
  • Poor Man's Substitute: Inverted. Tod was originally going to be named "Jon Lovitz" because the character was so heavily based on the actor, but the director and producer thought there was no way they could hire him. Lovitz ended up taking the part and loved the Tod-based set pieces so much he said he wanted to take them home and set them up around his pool.
  • Planet of Hats: Everyone in the entire galaxy is a flaming idiot.
    • The rare example where the society knows it. "I'm the smartest one here, and I'm an idiot."
      • Though even they may be exaggerating. King Raff, when his intelligence is returned to normal, is able to speak in technical terms ("I have reversed the polarity..."), and General Afir is anything but stupid, though he could be the Only Sane Man.
  • Rock Beats Laser: Of course it does. The natives treat rocks like astonishly advanced technology.
  • Scary Black Man: General Afir, especially when giving his Death Glare.
  • Schmuck Bait: The light grenade. Pick Me Up.
    • Too Dumb to Live: Said light grenade, which completely annihilates anyone who picks up an active speciment, and which is labeled "Pick Me Up", manages to take out an entire platoon of soldiers, one by one. The last one is the platoon leader, calling for backup.

 Spengo soldier: The Earth-man has a light grenade for a head!

      • Strangely enough, it isn't the "Pick Me Up" message which gets them to pick it up. Only the man who picks it up before the platoon leader makes the call reads it. The rest (it's implied) seem to fall from a chain of dialogue which causes the next man to pick it up. They're just that stupid.
  • So Bad It's Good
  • Tastes Like Friendship: Marge offers a dog-guard a granola bar in the course of offering marriage counseling.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Many examples, but aside from the "Light Grenade", this example takes the cake.

 Tod Spengo: Hey you. What do you think - mutton chops or goatee? Be honest.

Twin Destroyer #1: Mutton chops, my lord?

Tod Spengo: (considers for a moment) No. No, I like the goatee better. Shoot yourself in the head. (a beat) NOW.

(Twin Destroyer #1 complies with a blaster to his own head.)

Tod Spengo: Well? How about you?

Twin Destroyer #2: (a beat, then brightly) Mutton chops!

(Tod Spengo glares at him. Twin Destroyer #2 sighs, then shoots himself.)

Tod Spengo: Planet of idiots. (Tod continues to check himself in the mirror.) You know what? They got a point.

(Dog Guard Face Palm)

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